Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Region that Food Saved

Hardwick, VT has a closely interlinked network of food producers, processors and retailers that form as close to a model sustainable local food system as it gets. Read Ben Hewitt's profile of Hardwick, The Town That Food Saved, for details, or watch a nice profile by Dan Rather here.

The Center for an Agricultural Economy, the non-profit that helped coordinate the cluster of businesses that are at the heart of Hardwick's emerging alternative food economy just released a comprhensive plan for the entire Northeast Kingdom.  Following a mapping of the region's agrifood assets, the plan outlines steps to nurture the mix of farmers and related businesses that will help to grow the economy sustainably. 

3 comments:

  1. There was also recently a short, interesting NPR feature on 'the other half of the story' ... it's here: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/15/137499585/vermont-towns-food-focus-still-a-growing-concept

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  2. Thanks for sharing their story. All business owners there should get restaurant insurance to protect their businesses.

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  3. Really nice. Thanks for sharing the updates here. Looking forward for more
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