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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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A microscopic burg in northern Vermont may just be the epicenter of a new food movement, a scenario that alternately amuses, enthuses, and enrages its 3,200 residents. With a hardscrabble reputation left over from its heyday as a mining metropolis, Hardwick has had to rely on a can-do/can-do-without stoicism before, though the current economic downturn is certainly testing its mettle. Enter a group of young, energetic agribusinessmen—agripreneurs is Hewitt’s newly minted term—whose vision for a revolutionary farm-to-table locavore movement aimed at turning Hardwick’s, and possibly the nation’s, food crisis around has captured national media attention and garnered local skepticism. The irony plays out in Hewitt’s beguiling profiles of the players at the heart and on the periphery of dovetailing associations; from the charismatic media darling who produces heirloom seeds to the craggy erstwhile hippie couple who offer a mobile slaughtering service. Adroitly balancing professional neutrality with personal commitment, Hewitt engagingly examines this paradigm shift in the way a community feeds its citizens. --Carol Haggas --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Very readable. Author has a light, personal touch and still illuminates some of the big issues regarding food sustainability and the loss of skills we need to grow our own food. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Trudy Bagdon
It's good to see such an unbiased recounting of one town's stab at building a local, decentralized food system and all its many facets. Ben keeps it informative, real, and cheeky.Published 17 months ago by Membrain
Wonderful example of community building and economic development utilizing local assets. Inside out rather than outside in community development. Kudos to all involved!Published 19 months ago by Valhillrawls
The book is an offshoot of the media attention on the town of Hardwick in Vermont stemming from a New York Times article from a few years ago, and an attempt to examine the role of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mohan Babu K
I live only 14 miles from the town of Hardwick and have witnessed its amazing transformation - in a good way. Read morePublished 23 months ago by BeeGee
The farm-to-table movement, CSAs, and locavores have become all the rage in recent years. This book takes an honest look at how food changed a small town in the Northeast Kingdom... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by lauri_NH
Kind of slow.
Showing that niche food markets and overpriced restaurants will not be a solution to industrial agriculture.No effective local alternative exists. Read more
Hewitt starts by questioning the hype implicit in his title. Did local food really save the town, given that most of its residents, largely working class, still eat mostly... Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Erik D. Curren
Oh, please. This is a promo piece -- hardly a book -- for a crowd of yuppies who have descended on a respectable Vermont village and pretended to rescue it. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Daisy