We are so pleased to begin an Author Interview Series on the Good Food Neighborhood Blog. Each month, we’ll be interviewing an author whose writings are relevant to sustainability, healthy foods, building community, or how-tos for homesteading. The focus of the interview will be to elicit something from the author which will cause us all to take pause to think or even cause a shift in our daily actions. Our one rule will be: “Make me think or make me feel. I don’t care; just make it real.” Each author we’ve approached is nothing, if not authentic. We have Shannon Hayes, author of Radical Homemakers and Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics due up later this summer, but first up, in June, is Ben Hewitt.
Ben 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 most recent book is Making Supper Safe: One Man’s Quest to Learn the Truth About Food Safety (Rodale). It was published on June 7, 2011. From dumpster diving, to the battle over food rights, to genetically engineered salmon and the interplay between humans and the bacteria they consume, Ben explores the untold story of food safety with humor and good-natured skepticism.
His first book, The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food (Rodale), was published in 2010. It tells the story of a rural, working-class Vermont community that is attempting to blueprint and implement a localized food system.
So, look for our interview with Ben and we welcome all your comments and questions.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ideas for other authors to interview or simply post your ideas here.