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Author Ben Hewitt

On March 31, Clarion University's "Communiversity" Grow Clarion Program will present "The Future's in the Dirt: How Local Food Can Transform Local Economies," a presentation by
author Ben Hewitt.

There will be two opportunities to hear Hewitt's presentation:

  • 3 p.m. at Carlson Library, Level A, Clarion University
  • 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion, 350 Main Street, Clarion

All are welcome to attend this free event.

Hewitt tells the story of Hardwick, VT, the small town at the center of his best-selling book, "The Town That Food Saved." Over the past five years, Hardwick has revitalized its local economy and reinvigorated its small downtown via the creation of numerous small-scale businesses rooted in sustainable agriculture. Thoughtful, inspiring, entertaining and humorous; Ben's presentation explores both the potential and the challenges inherent in creating localized food systems that benefit all.

Ben was born and currently resides in northern Vermont, where he writes and operates a diversified, 40-acre organic hill farm with his wife and two sons. He is the author of
best-selling books, "The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality
in Local Food," and "Making Supper Safe: One Man's Quest to Learn the Truth
About Food Safety." To learn more about Ben Hewitt and his work visit:

Communiversity thanks the following generous sponsors for making this event possible:
Clarion/Venango/Forest County Farm Bureau, ABLE (Advisory Board for Leadership
and Engagement) and Clarion University.

Grow Clarion is part of the Communiversity program which is funded through a High Impact Practice (HIP) Grant awarded to Clarion University. Communiversity is a program that fosters partnerships between the community and the university to develop new initiatives that encourage growth and progress for the Clarion region. For more information about the
Communiversity program and to learn how you can become involved, please contact
Kelly Ryan at or visit:

Starts On
3/31/2014 3:00 PM
Ends On
3/31/2014 9:30 PM
Carlson Library, Level A (3 p.m.); American Legion, Clarion (7:30 p.m.)