The Town that Food Saved: How One Rural Community Found Vitality in Local Food

Ben Hewitt, Author
Ben Hewitt, Author . Rodale $24.99 (234p) ISBN 978-1-60529-686-9
Reviewed on: 02/08/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
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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. (Apr.)

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