PA: Carlisle – Annual Local Food Dinner with Ben Hewitt

February 14, 2012 in Community Events

When: March 24th at 6:30pm (immediately following the winter Farmers on the Square market!)
Where: Dickinson College Social Hall, Holland Union Building (HUB), Carlisle, PA
Keynote Speaker: Ben Hewitt, author of The Town that Food Saved
All proceeds benefit Farmers on the Square market. Help support local farmers and enjoy a delicious dinner, too!

About the Keynote Speaker

Ben HewittBen Hewitt was born and raised in northern Vermont, where he currently runs a small-scale, diversified hill farm with his family. 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. His work has appeared in numerous national periodicals, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Gourmet, Discover, Skiing, Eating Well, Yankee Magazine, Powder, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure,and Outside. His latest book is Making Supper Safe: One Man’s Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety.

Listen to an interview with Ben Hewitt on NPR’s Think Radio with Krys Boyd: “Is Our Food Really Safe?”

LA Times: “Frontlines of a Food Revolution”

Ben Hewitt’s Website


How to Purchase Tickets: Tickets go on sale for all community members on March 12th. If you would like to receive a reminder when ticket sales go live, please sign up for the Local Food Dinner email list using this form.

Tickets will also be on sale in theHolland Union Building on the following dates & times:

Week of March 5th (Dickinson Students Only):
11:30-1:30 and 5:00-7:00 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri

Week of  March 12th
11:00-1:00 Mon, Wed, Fri

Week of March 17th
11:30-1:30 and 5:00-7:00 Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri


Getting to the Local Food Dinner: 

Map of Dickinson Campus – Holland Union Building is #16. Directions to Dickinson
Parking is available on the street and in campus lots. Carpooling is encouraged!

If you cannot make the dinner, we still encourage you to attend the indoor farmers’ market in the Holland Building on March 24th from 3:00pm-6:00pm.

Check out some pictures from the 2010 Local Food Dinner!


About the Local Food Dinner

Since 2005, the Dickinson College Farm has worked hard to organize our region’s local food celebration. By contacting local farmers and charging the College’s Dining Services with the task of developing a seasonal menu, we have succeeded in drawing a crowd of 200 each year for a feast that is one of a kind.

We have been fortunate to have leaders like Anna Lappe, co-founder of Small Planet Institute and a widely respected author and educator, renowned for her work as a sustainable food advocate; Kim Tait, owner of Tait Farms food activist, and agricultural entrepreneur; Nina Planck, Farmers’ Market organizer, food activist, and author; Kim Seeley, PA Dairy Farmer, President of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA); Anthony Flaccavento, founder and executive director of Appalachian Sustainable Development as keynote speakers.

Our Local Food Dinner is held on campus in the Holland Union Building (HUB) Social Hall every spring.


Past Speakers

April 9, 2011: Keynote Speaker: Anna Lappe, daughter of Frances Moore Lappe and international advocate on issues relating to “sustainability, food politics, globalization, and social change”.Anna Lappe founded the Small Planet Institute.

March 27, 2010: Keynote Speaker: Tim Stark, farmer and author of “Heirloom”, a memoir of over fifteen years of growing heirloom vegetables on Eckerton Hill Farm.
The Examiner: “Successful Tomato Farmer Tim Stark Details the Ironies of his Job”
2009-2010 Local Food Dinner Pictures

April 4, 2009: Keynote Speaker: Lyle Estill, author of “Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy”; “Biodiesel Power; the Passion, People, and Politics of the Next Renewable Fuel”; and “Industrial Evolution; Local Solutions for a Low Carbon Future”.