Over the past several years, Hardwick, Vermont, a typical hardscrabble farming community of three thousand 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 number of food-based businesses have grown in the region-Vermont Soy, Jasper Hill Farm, Pete's Greens, Patchwork Farm & Bakery, Applecheek 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, meeting regularly to share advice, equipment, and business plans and to loan each other capital. Hardwick is fast becoming a model for other communities hoping to replicate its success. 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 eat.
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"In a chatty way, food author Ben Hewitt examines the "agri-prenurial" trends in food production adopted by citizens of the Vermont community of Hardwick. Striving for less dependence on chemicals and non-ecological practices, the rural society has migrated to methods of the past in a movement they term "small-scale ag." They attempt freedom from externalities--like fertilizer--by composting, mulching, and adding their own human waste. Narrator Arthur Morey recounts the writer's journeys to inspect small operations that exemplify the parochial shift. His quiet voice fits the demeanor of the message, written in first person, by the tranquil reporter. Meeting the farmers in many interviews gives listeners an intimate portrait of the commitment and emotions behind this remedy for the nation's dwindling food supply. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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