The Town that FOOD Saved

The Town that Food Saved

Hardwick is a former granite town with one-traffic light, a hardscrabble Vermont town of 3,200 with a median income well below the state average and a 40 percent unemployment rate. It’s being rebuilt by articulate young agricultural entrepreneurs (who Hewitt calls “agrepreneurs”), who are rebuilding the area’s economy with sustainable, local food production—at least that’s what has been said in The New York Times and on “Emeril Green.”

Ben Hewitt is a writer who lives a couple of miles outside town. His thoughtful new book, The Town That Saved Food, introduces the town’s chatty cast of rising agrepreneurial all-stars—Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds, Pete Johnson of Pete’s Greens, Andy and Mateo Kehler of Jasper Hill Farm—and adds some healthy skepticism about local agriculture in a place where some locals opt for Chinese over the community supported restaurant.

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