David Barber

David Barber

President and Co-Owner


David spent his childhood summers working on his family's Blue Hill Farm in the Berkshires. His love of the farm, and dedication to protecting it through sustainable business activities, led to Blue Hill's expansion beyond the farm's borders.

David partnered with his wife and brother in 1999 to open Blue Hill Restaurant in New York City. The collaboration helped expand a neighborhood bistro into a broader effort to establish Blue Hill prominently in the movement toward a more sustainable food system. The restaurant was given the nation's Outstanding Restaurant Award by the James Beard Foundation in May, 2013.

David is a founder of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture (2001). This unique not-for-profit operation works in association with the Barbers' second Blue Hill restaurant located on the grounds of the farm and education center.  The HayLoft, a corporate event facility at Stone Barns, opened in 2009. Business clients now enjoy access to a fully-equipped meeting and event space to complement interactive programming on sustainability, resiliency and award-winning cuisine. David develops the financial strategies that define how the restaurant, farmers, educators and public interrelate. Blue Hill Farm's ongoing operations continue to provide critical reference points and perspective as the company and non-for-profit move forward.

David serves on the Board of Directors of Stone Barns Center and the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York, and as a Trustee of Connecticut College

He is a graduate of the Collegiate School in NYC, Connecticut College and the Program for Managment Development at Harvard Business School.