A two-time James-Beard-Award-winning journalist, Barry Estabrook is the author of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit (described as “masterful” by Mark Bittman in the New York Times). He was a contributing editor at Gourmet magazine. His work has also appeared in the New York Times “Dining” section and the New York Times Magazine, Men’s Health, Saveur, Gastronomica, TheAtlantic.com and many other national magazines. He has been anthologized in The Best American Food Writing 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Youthful stints doing slug labor on a midwestern dairy farm (hot!) and being tossed about on a commercial fishing boat off Nova Scotia (frigid!) taught him that writing about how food is produced is a lot easier than actually producing it. He lives on a 30-acre plot in Vermont where he putters around in a large vegetable garden (a great place for a procrastinating writer), tends a small flock of laying hens, makes maple syrup, and brews hard cider of questionable quality.
Estabrook is a popular, throught-provoking speaker who has addressed audiences at schools, colleges, libraries, and businesses on issues related to sustainable agriculture. Venues have included Harvard Law School, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, St. Micheal’s College, Whole Foods Market, Stonyfields Farm, and Birmingham Public Library. He has been interviewed on Fresh Air, All Things Considered, the Bob Edwards Show and numerous other national and local radio and television programs. Contact him at the email address below.
“Mr. Estabrook was a wonderful speaker whose mesmerizing delivery made transparent the depths of his own passion. His illumination of the horrifying human consequence of many of our agricultural laws and practices, and his blueprint for something better were all the more powerful because he has been on the ground and could speak first hand to what he has seen.”
–Krista deBoer, Harvard Law School
“Stonyfield invited Barry to give a talk to our staff and a webinar for our customers after we read Tomatoland for the staff bookclub. Barry’s talk was insightful and eye-opening – he brings you along on a deep and sometimes scary look inside industrial tomato production in America. It’s a story that anyone concerned about the future of food production in America really needs to hear.”
–Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo Stonyfield Farm
“We asked Barry Estabrook to talk about Tomatoland during the Eat Drink Read Write Festival in Birmingham to a broad group of people with different levels of interest in food. (And, with immigration the current hot-button issue in Alabama, Barry bravely stood firm and tall in the fiery furnace of our local politics.) What he shared and how he shared it is what you expect of the finest narrative journalists: A detailed, thoroughly gathered truth, with compassion for humanity and the possibility of change as its underlying and provoking message. What he shows you stays with you.”
–Shaun Chavis, Birmingham, Alabama, Public Library
We had Barry come to our campus for three days as a special “scholar in residence”. His jam-packed public lecture was a tour de force and especially his revelations about worker conditions in the Florida tomato fields were very eye-opening to many. Barry also visited four different classes on our campus and interacted informally with many of our students and faculty. Barry was very down-to-earth, affable and easy to work with. His visit was a pleasure from beginning to end and we thank him sincerely for coming!
Rick Lehtinen, Ph.D., Environmental Studies program, The College of Wooster
“You generated a good deal of conversation and buzz–just what we hope for. The only complaint was that time was too short. This is a standard gripe after an engaging assembly”
–William Wharton, Headmaster, Commonwealth School, Boston
“Your firsthand experiences with migrant workers in the tomato industry provided us with invaluable information, both horrifying and inspiring. Your presentation was heart-wrenching, and we are sure that it ignited sparks in the minds of students here on campus.”
–Bethany Prendergast and Krysti Atkinson, students, St. Michael’s College
October 22, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Speaker Dartmouth College Food Day
October 24, 2014, 10:00 a. m.
Panelist at National Press Club to discuss food justice. Hosted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in collaboration with the Food Chain Workers Alliance.
National Press Club 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC, First Amendment Lounge. RSVP astone[[[at]]]cspinet[[[dot]]]org.
November 14, 2015
Introducing the documentary Food Chains at Devour! The Food Film Fest in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
November 21, 2014, 7:45 p. m.
On a panel with Gerardo Reyes of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Eric Schlosser following the NYC premier of the documentary Food Chains at the Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th St., New York, NY.
February 23, 2015
Visiting the University of Mississippi Center for Writing and Rhetoric