David is co-owner of Blue Hill–a working farm, restaurant, and consulting company supporting agriculture that positively contributes to the world’s food system. The 138-acre farm in Great Barrington, Massachusetts has been in the Barber family for four generations. Blue Hill restaurant has locations in Greenwich Village and Pocantico Hills, New York. Blue Hill (NYC) received the James Beard Outstanding Restaurant Award in 2013. Blue Hill at Stone Barns received the same honor in 2015 and was added to the San Pellegrino World 50 list.
Barber is a guiding voice in the movement to reform American agrifood economics. As a partner of Brussels-based agrifood impact investing firm, Astanor, Barber has dedicated his career to reinventing finance’s role in the economy. David continues to reimagine the purpose of capital as a tool to serve soil health, biodiversity and ultimately reverse the damage extractive economics have caused the planet. As a founding partner of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and co-owner of Blue Hill, Barber brings with him decades of experience in testing, scaling and championing regenerative agrifood solutions to define a new future of food, from farmer to household.
David had previously been an early stage investor in the food and hospitality space through Almanac, a firm he founded in 2015, which continues to provide alternative capital to a small portfolio of change makers. Barber serves on the company boards of Foxtrot and Luke’s Lobster, and is on the board of Stone Barns Center, MAD, and Caramoor Center for the Arts.