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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 Tennessee! (Wagons West, the region Vermont Soy Jasper Hill Farm Pete's Greens Patchwork Farm Bakery Apple Cheek Farm Claire's Restaurant and Bar and Bonnieview Farm Celebration! (Wagons West, to name only a few The mostly young entrepreneurs have created a network of community support; Texas! (Wagons West, they meet regularly I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery to share advice euipment and business plans a If I had Revenge ni Miss Piggy to sum Breakfast Book this book up in one word The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade that word would be meh The author sets out Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, to describe how A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery the small Vermont community of Hardwick Card Concepts transformed itself from a run down Schadenfreude town into a local foods hotspot There are a few problems with Emotional Victory this goal which Still Life with Woodpecker the author himself admits First of all Bo Knows Bo the food revolution doesn't Gender and Food take place in Hardwick itself but rather in Radio Silence the Hardwick area including several nearby Finer Women towns Also Hardwick although certainly not Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down the most prosperous Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays town in Crazy Horses Girlfriend the world was not nearly as run down as Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the dust jacket would have you believe Finally Hannah Has Two Mommies there was already a strong and deep rooted local food Child Support tradition in 777 the Lost Blood the area; Know My Name the revolution was largely what Abandoned Alice the author calls agreprenuers who create small vibrant business Map My Heart that would fit Scandal the local bill perfectly except The Fashion Condition that Embellish Me they export most of The Snakehead their food outside Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light the communityThere's something else The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the dust jacket gets wrong Lively funny and candid The Town That Food Saved Truly Wilde tells VEGAN ganz anders the fascinating story of an unassuming community Well it is candid and Albert Reynolds the community is unassuming but I can't say An Infamous Army (Alastair, the book is lively or funny or Score! that Abela the story is fascinating Mostly it's slow has A Sisters Secret too many chapters and Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch takes forever Butchers Crossing to get Unchained Melanie to Olivias Luck the point If you are a big fan of Middle Class Problems this genre or are looking for information on Hardwick you might check The City of London, Volume 2 this out But it's definitely no Omnivore's Dilemma

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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 After reading The Town that Food Saved How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food I felt that the subtitle was a appropriate title than the actual title Indeed it did not seem as though food saved the community of Hardwick Vt Rather food seemed to be a common thread that led to the community being revitalizedBut I digress It's a book worthy of a read especially if like me you wonder whether a true local food movement would work in the Milwaukee Wis area or the area where you liveThe author Ben Hewitt describes several older and younger people in the Hardwick area and the roles they have filled and the businesses they have created He tells how all those people add up to create a food centric community that has added to the revitalization of the areaThose companies High Mowing Organic Seeds Highfields Center for Composting Pete's Greens the Center for an Agricultural Economy Heartbeet Lifesharing Vermont Soy Company Vermont Natural Coatings Jasper Hill Farm Claire's There are other farms and farmers too; this is not a be all end all listAnd now the hail of bulletsthe author says sustainable has been corrupted At its core agriculture is a human manipulation of a natural process Is there a version of agriculture that is truly sustainable? 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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 In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie the past 3 years Hardwick Vermont a Tea Environments and Plantation Culture typical hardscrabble farming community of 3000 residents has jump started its economy and redefined its self image 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains through a local self sustaining food system unlike anything else in America Even as Survive by the Team the recent financial downturn Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, threatens Washington! (Wagons West, to cripple small businesses and privately owned farms a stunning n Hate “Big Food” and sick of shopping at Tennessee! (Wagons West, the Big Y? Dream about being a locavore or an agripreneur if Celebration! (Wagons West, that’s Greek Texas! (Wagons West, to you check out a Foodie dictionary? Wish you could eat at a restaurant on Main Street Your SA I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery that gets 80% of its ingredients from sources within 15 miles? This book is for youIt’s Revenge ni Miss Piggy the story of one Breakfast Book town The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade that’s doing what other Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, towns can only dream of doing And if Ben Hewitt’s book goes as big as say a Michael Pollan release A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery then Hardwick Vermont will not be pleased with Card Concepts the ensuing increase of real estate values caused by well off yuppies who are ready Schadenfreude to forgo Whole Foods in favor of Whole Hog One by one Hewitt introduces Emotional Victory the players a seed seller soy maker dairy farmer cheese artisan pig slaughterer head chef co op food store manager etc You hear Still Life with Woodpecker their opinions of Bo Knows Bo their jobs and of each other's livelihoods Tension? Sure A lot of Gender and Food these youngish agripreneurs are already growing rich not just vegetables by selling Radio Silence their products Finer Women to big city markets and internet shoppers They should be feeding Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down their own first and foremost some argue But Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays then how can Crazy Horses Girlfriend they survive if “their own” alone isn’t enough Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium to support Hannah Has Two Mommies their businesses? Paradoxes in Child Support the Green Mountain State Hewitt's all over it and up 777 the Lost Blood to Know My Name the philosophical musings on Abandoned Alice the Map My Heart topicAt Scandal times a bit dry with its journalistic feel The Town The Fashion Condition that Food Saved should satisfy its base Embellish Me the growing ranks of foodies Consider it a blueprint And if you’re The Snakehead too impatient Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light to see The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, this happen in your own Truly Wilde town consider it an invitation VEGAN ganz anders to Hardwick Before it gets Albert Reynolds too expensive An Infamous Army (Alastair, to live in I mean


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  1. says:

    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


  2. says:

    The title is a misnomer Hardwick VT has not been saved by food but this agricultural community has spawned some nascent organic food companies and good for them I enjoyed the personal stories and the exploration of some of the controversies surrounding a couple of those businesses getting some good press such as a a 2008 NYT piece and trying to establish themselves as community change agents to the annoyance of some of the established organic farmers No new local food system has yet been set up since the locals are not the primary consumers of the end products The bulk of the revenue seems to come from outside the region and none of the new businesses have yet achieved profitability Still these businesses have value in that they are attempting to prove the economic viability of providing organic foodWhile I enjoyed the slice of rural life aspect of the book I really did not enjoy the writing especially during the first 50 pages The author's style is freuently clumsy and he spends too much time pontificating on the end of life as we know it and is too focused on the media attention the town received for a short period of time While reading this book I met a mathematical forecaster for an options firm whose job entails removing the media noise to accurately identify actual business and environmental trends He stated that in the short term it's always the noise that is most dominant This book had too much noise obscuring the actual trends


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    I didn't enjoy this book I don't need any convincing that local decentralized food production is a better alternative than shipping produce 1000 miles and I was interested to read about a small town that's only a few hours from where I live in NY State But despite a cast of very colorful characters the book was painfully dull at times and I didn't care for Hewitt's writing style which is often bloated and self indulgentThat said I gave The Town That Food Saved three stars because it made me think As someone who has until recently only lived in big cities I hadn't considered all of the challenges facing local food production Is it scalable? How many people would have to contribute labor in order to feed a whole community? Does it matter that local food tends to be shipped away from the blue collar rural farm towns to fancy upper middle class grocery stores and restaurants in bigger cities? Is there a combination of large scale agriculture and local production that might be sustainable?


  4. says:

    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


  5. says:

    When I read non fiction books I'm accustomed to two different kinds of approaches 1 the memoir where someone tells their insider experience with a subject where they're expected to be biased and 2 the journalist where the person researches a subject and forms an opinion based on what they've found Ben Hewitt seems to approach The Town that Food Saved from the point of view of a journalist I believe that the book grew out of an article that he wrote for the now defunct Gourmet magazine but he's such an insider in the food community of Hardwick Vermont that it feels as if an outright memoir would have been a better approachBelieve me I don't broker any notions that Michael Pollan is impartial when he writes about food Over the last few decades he's written about little else and his opinions come loud and clear both in what he says in his books and his choice of subject material On the other hand he's not a peer with the slaughterhouse managers or restaurant chefs he interviews Ben Hewitt is a peer with the small time farmers living in and around Hardwick In some ways it feels as if Tom Stearns the cheerleader of Hardwick's food movement found out that Hewitt could write and appointed him to get the word out about what's going on in Northern Vermont The story itself is pretty engaging and I love some of the character profiles but it feels weird to be writing journalistic character profiles about the guy who used to be your high school bus driverIf you're really into reading books about sustainable communities or revamping the food system in America then I think Hewitt's book is worth reading But if you haven't read The Omnivore's Dilemma or Fast Food Nation or Animal Vegetable Miracle yet start there first


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    I did like the description of the modern agriculture lifestyle in its many forms because I think it's something that people need to reconnect with I think the thing that threw me a bit off this book is that the author kept on referring to the exceptionalism of his town in Vermont I live in Durham which was named by Bon Appetit as the foodiest town in America so I kept wanting to interject with Hey We do that here too even down to having compost experts sell their wares at our neighborhood farmers market I'm used to having access to food straight from the farmers I'm used to my local restaurants serving seasonal menus because they're getting their food straight from the farmers too I've seen local coffee shops with their local pastries and roasted beans push Starbucks out of business on at least two corners It felt like the challenges in scaling that the author was anticipating had already been solved here Maybe Hardwick is exceptional and Durham is also exceptional just like Hardwick but I'd rather hope that the locavore movement has traction than that I had hoped this book would have to say on the potential for scaling up rather than all the challenges of starting small


  7. says:

    First off I did like this book and it was interesting to hear of a little rural community coming back to life through localfoodagetc That is great and amazing and inspirational and neat However though it is great to hear all of this I felt the author focused so much on his little community that he came across as thinking their community was the ONLY community doing these things I think the entire country is experiencing what this small town in Vermont is experiencing Co ops seed trading composting etc happens all over this country and is nothing new in little communities and even cities So again I liked this book but sometimes it came off as a little pretentious to think that Hardwick is the last bastion of hope in the world for food We can learn things from them but I think they could learn things from say Milwaukee and our amazing local co ops composting community gardens etc too Just my opinion Still a good read for those looking to see what other communities are doing in the local foodag movement


  8. says:

    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


  9. says:

    After reading The Town that Food Saved How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food I felt that the subtitle was a appropriate title than the actual title Indeed it did not seem as though food saved the community of Hardwick Vt Rather food seemed to be a common thread that led to the community being revitalizedBut I digress It's a book worthy of a read especially if like me you wonder whether a true local food movement would work in the Milwaukee Wis area or the area where you liveThe author Ben Hewitt describes several older and younger people in the Hardwick area and the roles they have filled and the businesses they have created He tells how all those people add up to create a food centric community that has added to the revitalization of the areaThose companies High Mowing Organic Seeds Highfields Center for Composting Pete's Greens the Center for an Agricultural Economy Heartbeet Lifesharing Vermont Soy Company Vermont Natural Coatings Jasper Hill Farm Claire's There are other farms and farmers too; this is not a be all end all listAnd now the hail of bulletsthe author says sustainable has been corrupted At its core agriculture is a human manipulation of a natural process Is there a version of agriculture that is truly sustainable? Probably so Is there a version of agriculture that is truly sustainable and able to feed 7 billion people? Almost certainly nottalking about the decrease in the number of farmers Every step toward diluting the farming population among us is another step toward food insecuritya decentralized agricultural system will force us to think differently about how we shop and about what we eatHewitt who has a farm on the value of food the value of the food we grow isn't the food minus the labor necessary to bring it to the table It is the food plus the labor


  10. says:

    To understand the effect this book had on me I suppose it makes sense to give some context After much deliberation and internal struggle I recently made a decision to return to graduate school in California to study Community and Regional Development I wanted to figure out the ways in which agriculture and food business can do good create jobs improve the physical environment improve people's health and promote cultural change that among other things may lead to cooperation compassion participation and ultimately a satisfied happy societyMore and people have a hunch that there's something magical about community and local and regional systems or at least as opposed to the centralized industrialized system that we've created over the past 100 or so years and this book starts to articulate and demystify some of this magic not through theory or metrics but through a storyI guess it's unsurprising that this story fired me up made me feel excited and validated and ready to get out there and buy a a mobile food truck and hire a few students and get produce from local farms and serve people affordable foodBy the end of the story I was jumping out of my skin crawling with anticipation with ideas Now a few days later the flutters have died down a bit in my gut and I've started to think deeply about what I need to DO and I'm feeling a deep sense of satisfaction and purpose Hooray for inspiration