The Washington Post
The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Foodby Ben Hewitt
"For nearly a century, the blue-collar community of Hardwick, Vermont, has known hard times. The town's median income runs 25 percent below the state average; its unemployment rate, 40 percent higher. But over the past three years - amid an economic crisis that threatens to cripple small businesses and privately owned farms across the nation - Hardwick has… See more details below
"For nearly a century, the blue-collar community of Hardwick, Vermont, has known hard times. The town's median income runs 25 percent below the state average; its unemployment rate, 40 percent higher. But over the past three years - amid an economic crisis that threatens to cripple small businesses and privately owned farms across the nation - Hardwick has jump-started its economy with a stunning number of food-based businesses built by a group of young, innovative entrepreneurs who support each other by sharing advice, equipment, and capital." "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. Ben Hewitt, a journalist and Vermonter, delves deeply into the repercussions of this groundbreaking approach to growing food, both its astounding successes and potential limitations." The Town That Food Saved tells the story of an unassuming community and its extraordinary determination to build a vibrant local food system unlike anything else in America. Hewitt's thoughtful examination of the future of our food system is grounded in ideas that will revolutionize the way we eat - and quite possibly the way we live.
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“Hewitt is an amiable skeptic and a storyteller of rare skill who seems incapable of crafting a dull sentence.” TheAtlantic.com
“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
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Meet the Author
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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