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Local Foods Expert in Ludlow

The Book Nook welcomes Ben Hewitt to Ludlow at Fletcher Memorial Library on Thursday. April 29 at 7 p.m.

A locavore is defined as "one who eats foods grown locally whenever possible" and with America's food system increasingly industrialized and centralized in this last decade, many people are taking a closer look at how their food is produced, processed and provided to them and making a conscience effort to "buy locally".

Vermont farmer and author Hewitt first reported on the happenings of the local food movement for Gourmet magazine. He has now expanded that original piece into a full book length examination of the history of Hardwick, a rural, working class community in northern Vermont, and its experiment with a local, community-based food effort. In The Town That Food Saved - How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food, which was published last month by Rodale, Hewitt strives to find a balanced and broad view of the community to provide a better understanding of what is working and not working.

The book also overflows with vividly drawn characters and descriptions of food. It makes you want to head out and buy some fresh product at your local market or get involved in your food production one way or another. That was just one of the many reasons why The Book Nook chose to feature The Town That Food Saved as its April Recommended Read.

Given the focus of The Town That Food Saved on local food, we want to foster a discussion around the topic of how other towns can learn from the example that has been set by Hardwick and described by Hewitt in his book.

Copies of the book will be available at the event and are available now at The Book Nook located at 136 Main Street.

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