For nearly 100 years, ever since the rapid decline of its booming granite industry, the town of Hardwick, Vermont has struggled to find economic vitality. But over the past few years, Hardwick has experienced a rapid influx of agriculture-based businesses and has received international media attention for its attempts to implement and blueprint a localized food system. Ben Hewitt operates a small-scale, diversified farm eight miles east of Hardwick. He spent over a year exploring the region's rapidly evolving food infrastructure for his new book, The Town That Food Saved. His experiences while reporting led him to consider the ways in which localized food systems can provide economic and community vitality and also the ways in which rapid economic development and media attention can create divisions within small, tight-knit communities like Hardwick. Ben’s work has appeared in numerous national periodicals, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired,Gourmet, Discover, Skiing, Eating Well, Powder, Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Bicycling, and many others. He lives with his wife and two sons in a self-built home that is powered by a windmill and solar photovoltaic panels. To help offset his renewable energy footprint, Ben drives a really big truck.