Book Review: The Town that Food Saved

Cover for The Town That Food SavedBook Review by Keith Badger
The Town That Food Saved by Ben Hewitt
Rodale Books, 2009

For all those Transition Town folks with an eye on the food question, this is a must-read 5-star bit of investigative journalism by Hardwick, Vt. resident farmer Ben Hewitt. Lots of sound criticism, rumination, and re-envisioning around and upon the current debate between agribusiness and the local food movement.

The story’s main character is the town of Hardwick, Vt. (population 3,200) and how it’s become host to a blockbuster cast of players aiming at nothing less than a bottom up revolution in our food system, coupled to a revitalized local economy, and community. This rural northern Vermont region is home to High Mowing Organic Seeds, Vermont Soy Company, Jasper Hill Cheese,True Yogurt, Pete’s Greens, and such efforts as the Vermont Food Venture Center and the Center for an Agricultural Economy. And, more interesting to note perhaps, is that this ag-based commercial renaissance is operated largely by youthful entrepreneurs who are not afraid to think boldly about how to bring sanity and sustainability back to the land, and the people who call it home!

Article written by Keith Badger

Teacher, Naturalist, Tracker, LongWalker, interested in alternative education, rite-of-passage work with youth, community supported agriculture and becoming more involved with local and regional issues centered upon celebrating the art of nature based community renewal.

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