Mark Joseph Phillips

Fermenter, writer, and musician in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

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About me:

I grew up in the Brandywine River Valley of Pennsylvania, spent six years in Philadelphia, and now live in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (with a few things in between). I ferment food, play jazz guitar, and spend a lot of time with my human and more-than-human community in the Berkshires.

I am currently available for freelance writing / research / consulting opportunities in the food system. Please send me an email at markjphill @ if you are interested in talking!

I believe food and agriculture represent an array of compelling solutions to our complex web of social and ecological crises in the 21st century.

My areas of interest include agricultural climate change mitigation and preparedness (e.g. agroforestry and silvopasture systems) in the Northeast US; small business and cooperative development in the food system (specifically with agricultural small-holders and value-added food processing); and what is variously referred to as the new / next / solidarity / cooperative / regenerative economy / movement for a future on Earth beyond capitalism.

Below is some of my writing on these and other subjects:

Cultivating Right Livelihood | Kosmos Journal with Della Duncan

Hudson River Flows Various Interview Contributions

Complexifying the connection between animal agriculture and climate change | Medium

Hawthorne Valley Farmers Reflect on the Future of Regenerative Agriculture | Capital Institute

Nuts for Nuts: Seeding a Nut Industry in the Northeast | Capital Institute

Soil Carbon Sequestration: a Surprising Opportunity to Heal Ourselves and the Planet at the Same Time

Harvest Day at the CSA

It's not that local, organic is too expensive, it's that industrial is too cheap

Deep cuts on human culture and ecology:

*Unlocking the Potential of Place in the Brandywine Valley | Capital Institute

Returning Home to Our Place in the Cosmos | Kosmos Journal

Head, Heart, Hands: Reflections on Life at Schumacher College

Past musings on the new economy:

What is the New Economy? A Personal Reflection

  • Work
    • Hosta Hill
  • Education
    • Temple University