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 community. I maintain @EarthCultures on Instagram, where I share my own exploration of fermentation as a vehicle for personal, cultural, and planetary transformation. I prepare fermented foods like sauerkraut and miso with love, and share them with my community in the spirit of the gift. I also facilitate meaningful educational experiences on food and fermentation, and contribute business development to Hosta Hill, a growing, local producer of artisan fermented vegetables based in the Berkshires.

As an independent researcher and writer I am a generalist with knowledge on a wide array of intersecting subjects pertaining to new economic development and ecological sustainability, with an increasing focus on climate change resilience in the food system.

Currently, these 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, specifically for value-added food processing and manufacturing in the natural foods sector; 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:

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

On the culture of sustainability:

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

*(my favorite piece of writing!)

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