The Town That Food Saved

The Town That Food Saved

How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food

Book - 2009
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Over the past 3 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-Vermont Soy, Jasper Hill Farm, Pete's Greens, Patchwork Farm & Bakery, Apple Cheek Farm, Claire's Restaurant and Bar, and Bonnieview Farm, to name only a few. The mostly young entrepreneurs have created a network of community support; they meet regularly to share advice, equipment, and business plans, and to loan each other capital. Hardwick is fast becoming a model for other communities to replicate its success. Author Ben Hewitt presents the captivating story of a small town coming back to life, The Town That Food Saved is narrative nonfiction at its best- full of colorful characters and grounded in an idea that will revolutionize the way we eat.
Published: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2009.
ISBN: 9781605296869
Branch Call Number: 338.1974 HEW
Characteristics: 234 p. ;,23 cm.


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catinthehat17 Apr 11, 2013

Wow, I REALLY enjoyed this book! I love Hewitt's humor and the characters of Hardwick, both full of hope.Nice to know some people think outside the box.

Aug 07, 2011

"The Town That Food Saved" looks at how Hardwick, Vermont is transforming - or re-invigorating - its agricultural base through local food. But what does local food mean? Ben Hewitt knows that the fad phrase means different things to different people. He talks to a wide number of Hardwick residents trying to pin what exactly local food is reinvigorating in Hardwick. Several innovative ideas are explored. And, some hard hitting criticisms are high lighted. Good book on a hot topic.

Jul 18, 2011

Fabulous book crammed full of very important questions about how and if locally grown food can fix our broken agricultural system. As a young person with aspirations of making farming my career it was an enlightening and educational read. If you eat, I'd recommend this book.


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