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Philip Ackerman-Leist
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Philip Ackerman-Leist is a professor at Green Mountain College, where he established the farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum, directs Farm & Food Project, and founded and directs the Masters in Sustainable Food Systems program (the nation’s first online graduate program in food systems). He is the author of Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems (2013) and Up Tunket Road: The Education of Modern Homesteader (2009).

He and his wife, Erin, farmed in the South Tirol region of the Alps and North Carolina before beginning their sixteen-year homesteading and farming venture in Pawlet, Vermont. With more than two decades of “field experience” working on farms, in the classroom, and with regional food systems collaborators, Philip’s work is focused on examining and reshaping local and regional food systems from the ground up.

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