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 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 astounding successes and potential limitations. The captivating 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 and, quite possibly, the way we live.
Publisher: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2009.
ISBN: 9781605296869
1605296864
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.

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horthhill
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.

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Jennmro
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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