Tom Philpott

Tom Philpott

Food and Ag Correspondent

Tom Philpott has been at MoJo since 2011. His award-winning writing on food politics has appeared in numerous publications, and he was a cofounder in 2004 of Maverick Farms in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. He is currently based in Austin, Texas. For more information, see his website


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Before joining Mother Jones in 2011, Tom Philpott served for five years as a columnist, food editor, and senior food writer for the online environmental site Grist. He's also a cofounder of Maverick Farms, a center for farming and sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Before moving to the farm in 2004, Philpott worked as a financial journalist in Mexico City and New York. His work on food politics has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Gastronomica, the Guardian, Sojourner's, and Mother Earth News, among other places. Maverick Farms was featured in Gourmet and the New York Times, and in September 2008, Food & Wine named Philpott one of "ten innovators" who "will continue to shape the culinary consciousness of our country for the next 30 years." In 2011, Utne Reader named him one of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World."  In 2013, his "Food for Thought" blog won a Maggie award for Best Web Publication Blog/Trade & Consumer, and in 2014 it was named "Best Food Blog" by the Association of Food Journalists. He has twice been a finalist for a James Beard journalism award (2011, 2015) and in 2015 he won a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism in the Feature Category, for the story “California Goes Nuts.” 

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