The Town That Food Saved How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food


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Over the past few years, Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of 3,000 residents, has jump-started its economy and redefined its self-image through a local, self-sustaining food system unlike anything else in America. Even as the recent financial downturn threatens to cripple small businesses and privately owned farms, a stunning number of food-based businesses have grown in the region. The Town That Food Saved is rich with appealing, colorful characters, from the optimistic upstarts creating a new agricultural model to the long-established farmers wary of the rapid change in the region.

Hewitt, a journalist and Vermonter, delves deeply into the repercussions of this groundbreaking approach to growing food, both its successes and potential limitations. The story of an unassuming community and its extraordinary determination to build a vibrant local food system, The Town That Food Saved is grounded in ideas that will revolutionize the way we eat.

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Praise for The Town That Food Saved

"An earnest, well-written account of how cooperative agricultural enterprise is creating jobs, bringing business back to main street and attracting investors . . . The author, who lives a few miles from Hardwick, has crafted detailed portraits of the 'agrepreneurs' driving the town's transformation . . . But what makes Hewitt's undertaking especially interesting is that he peers inside the workings of his own community. His . . . narrative is driven by relentless scrutiny and assessment."—Suki Casanave, The Washington Post
 
“These pages are full of characters: charismatic leaders, philosophers, quiet activists. It’s a brave
and well-reported book; these are, after all, his neighbors.”—Los Angeles Times
 
"Hewitt is an amiable skeptic and a storyteller of rare skill who seems incapable of crafting
a dull sentence.”—TheAtlantic.com
 
"Adroitly balancing professional neutrality with personal commitment, Hewitt engagingly examines this paradigm shift in the way a community feeds its citizens."—Booklist
 
"The literary tone and humor make this book more accessible and entertaining than some of the seminal works by Bill McKibben and Michael Pollan."—School Library Journal 

"Through the last decade the Northern Vermont town of Hardwick, population 3200, gradually evolved into a nationally respected source of local food and began to reap benefits. Hewitt, an area resident and family farmer, previously wrote about the area as a potential example of localized agriculture and economics, especially for a population whose residents' median income was below state average. But curiosity and healthy skepticism, along with his own investment, spurred him to this deeper investigation into the local personalities (and characters) driving the movement, and to observe, participate and reflect upon such odiferous activities as pig slaughtering. The resulting blend of analysis and reflection highlights the possibilities and perils of what Hewitt argues will impact the agricultural and economic future for better or worse."—Publishers Weekly

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BEN HEWITT is the author of The Town That Food Saved, and the upcoming Making Supper Safe, and articles for magazines such as Bicycling, Discover, Gourmet, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, Yankee and many others. He and his family live in a self-built, solar-powered house in Cabot, Vermont, and operate a 40-acre livestock, vegetable, and berry farm.

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  • Ben Hewitt is the author of The Town That Food Saved, and the upcoming Making Supper Safe, and articles for magazines such as Bicycling, Discover, Gourmet, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, the New York Times Magazine, Yankee and many others. He and his family live in a self-built, solar-powered house in Cabot, Vermont, and operate a 40-acre livestock, vegetable, and berry farm.
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