Food and Ag Correspondent
Tom Philpott is the cofounder of Maverick Farms, a center for sustainable food education in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. He was formerly a columnist and editor for the online environmental site Grist and his work on food politics has appeared in Newsweek, Gastronomica, and the Guardian.
For five years, Tom Philpott served as a columnist, food editor, and senior food writer for the online environmental site Grist. He's a cofounder of Maverick Farms, a center for 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, most recently writing daily dispatches on the stock market as equity research editor for Reuters.com. His work on food politics has appeared in Newsweek, Gastronomica, and the Guardian. Maverick Farms has been 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 2014, Philpott’s Mother Jones blog “Food for Thought” 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 was short-listed for a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism at UCLA, in the Feature Category, for the story “California Goes Nuts.” In 2013, the "Food for Thought" won a Maggie Award for Best Web Publication Blog/Trade & Consumer.