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SUMMARY Û The Town That Food Saved Over the past 3 years Hardwick Vermont a typical hardscrabble farming community of 3000 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 n Hate Big Food and sick of shopping at the Big Y Dream about being a locavore or an agripreneur if that s Greek to you check out a Foodie dictionary Wish you could eat at a restaurant on Main Street Your SA that gets 80% of its ingredients from sources within 15 miles This book is for youIt s the story of one town that s doing what other towns can only dream of doing And if Ben Hewitt s book goes as big as say a Michael Pollan release then Hardwick Vermont will not be pleased with the ensuing increase of real estate values caused by well off yuppies who are ready to forgo Whole Foods in favor of Whole Hog One by one Hewitt introduces the players a seed seller soy maker dairy farmer cheese artisan pig slaughterer head chef co op food store manager etc You hear their opinions of their jobs and of each other s livelihoods Tension Sure A lot of these youngish agripreneurs are already growing rich not just vegetables by selling their products to big city markets and internet shoppers They should be feeding their own first and foremost some argue But then how can they survive if their own alone isn t enough to support their businesses Paradoxes in the Green Mountain State Hewitt s all over it and up to the philosophical musings on the topicAt times a bit dry with its journalistic feel The Town that Food Saved should satisfy its base the growing ranks of foodies Consider it a blueprint And if you re too impatient to see this happen in your own town consider it an invitation to Hardwick Before it gets too expensive to live in I mean

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SUMMARY Û The Town That Food Saved Nd 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 ea I think I enjoyed this book in no small part because I m familiar with a lot of the organizations and places Hewitt details in the book Pete s Greens Jasper Hill Cheese Vermont Soy and the town of Hardwick in general It s also dovetailing with a debate my own small Vermont town is having over whether to allow a big box store to move in and force a total rethink of traffic patterns Let me back up I agree with other reviewers who have stated that the title of this book is misleading it is in reality a series of poignant vignettes profiles of places and people engaged in food and farming in rural Vermont interspersed with the author s sometimes ham handed attempts at talking through sustainability in a local food movement Because as Hewitt makes clear Hardwick didn t find vitality in local food so much as wrestle with a discussion between long time traditional farmers newcomers with weird soy based ideas and Vermonters not engaged in farming at all and struggling to feed their families anything at all The vignettes are delightful Hewitt is a vivid and descriptive place teller and the subjects of his profiles come to life warts and all There s a whole chapter on soil fertility that is one of the most engaging pieces of anything I ve read in years But unfortunately Hewitt himself struggles to unpack the local food sustainability growth economic access situation unfolding in Hardwick And to be fair he admits he struggles with it but oh boy the struggles They go on for days and sometimes Hewitt flips back and forth on a topic within the space of a few pages like when he decries Claire s restaurant for serving 12 entrees too pricey for a town where the average salary was in 2009 14K and then decries Hardwick for not accepting the challenge of prioritizing to eat 12 entrees and then settles on dour disapproval of the restaurant s pricing It s confusing and the wool gathering in this vein goes on for a very long time I wish he d brought in an economist or someone whose area really is food sustainability systems and let them do at least half the wool gatheringBut I really liked meeting all the farms in and around Hardwick I liked thinking about local food systems with Hewitt Hewitt farms over in Cabot and I wanted to hear about his farm as well as all the others and I m still mad that Jasper Hill has stopped producing Constant Bliss Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed 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 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SUMMARY Û The Town That Food Saved Umber 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 euipment and business plans a If I had to sum this book up in one word that word would be meh The author sets out to describe how the small Vermont community of Hardwick transformed itself from a run down town into a local foods hotspot There are a few problems with this goal which the author himself admits First of all the food revolution doesn t take place in Hardwick itself but rather in the Hardwick area including several nearby towns Also Hardwick although certainly not the most prosperous town in the world was not nearly as run down as the dust jacket would have you believe Finally there was already a strong and deep rooted local food tradition in the area the revolution was largely what the author calls agreprenuers who create small vibrant business that would fit the local bill perfectly except that they export most of their food outside the communityThere s something else the dust jacket gets wrong Lively funny and candid The Town That Food Saved tells the fascinating story of an unassuming community Well it is candid and the community is unassuming but I can t say the book is lively or funny or that the story is fascinating Mostly it s slow has too many chapters and takes forever to get to the point If you are a big fan of this genre or are looking for information on Hardwick you might check this out But it s definitely no Omnivore s Dilemma

  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • The Town That Food Saved
  • Ben Hewitt
  • English
  • 01 March 2019
  • 9781605296869