Thursday, December 1, 2011

Local Authors' Reading - A night of words and conversation

 We hope you will join us for one of our favorite events of the year, tomorrow night at St. John Episcopal Church, Five West Church St. in Hardwick, Vermont.

Beginning at 6:30pm, in the sanctuary, join local authors and farmers for readings of their original work. 

We are accepting donations of non-perishable food for the Hardwick Area Food Pantry as well as monetary donations for the Center for an Agricultural's Food Access Fund.

Hardwick Area Food Pantry and St. John Episcopal Church - Hardwick, VT

Bethany Dunbar
Bethany M. Dunbar is co-editor of the Chronicle, a weekly newspaper based in Barton, VT.  She is also a regular contributor to Country Folks, a New England-wide weekly farm magazine.  Her guidebook, a collection of photos and stories about farmers and food in the Northeast Kingdom, Kingdom's Bounty, is being published by Umbrage Editions in New York and will be coming out in the spring.  (  A collection of those photos is up at Parker Pie through Christmas.  
For 11 years she and her ex-husband milked Jersey cows, which led her to focus on coverage of agriculture for the newspaper.  She also covers general news, edits, processes photos and is working on a new plan for the Chronicle's web site,   
On Wednesdays mornings at 8:35 you might hear her on WDEV radio talking about the week's news.  She occasionally appears on Vermont This Week about the news of the week on Vermont Public Television.  She went to Craftsbury Academy, the University of Vermont and Lyndon State College, where she got a bachelor of science in education.  She lives in West Glover.  She is past president of the Vermont Press Association and serves on the board.  She also serves on an advisory committee for the multimedia curriculum at Community College of Vermont.  Contact her at

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. 
Heifer - Photo by Bethany Dunbar
Pete Johnson
Pete spent his early years on the West Coast, moving with his family to Vermont when he was thirteen, homesteading and skiing with his parents, brother and sisters. Even as a child, he knew he wanted to farm and he ventured into season extension farming as a senior at Middlbury College, eventually turning his greenhouse greens into a business. Although a farmer, not a writer, the vocation has not stopped him from writing pieces for various printed and online publications, including the weekly newsletter for his CSA, Good Eats.

Annie Myers 
Annie Myers is originally from Brooklyn, New York.  She currently lives and works in Craftsbury as the Harvest Manager at Pete's Greens, and posts her writing on her website Thoughts on the TableMyers previously held various food-related jobs in New York City, including waiting tables, wrapping meat, selling cheese, farming (on a city lot), writing profiles for a regional market project, and sourcing local food for the restaurant The Spotted Pig.

Julia Shipley 
Julia Shipley is a 2010-11 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant recipient, completing a manuscript of braided essays about small scale agriculture. As both a professional writer and subsistence farmer she's interested in the overlap and interplay between these two fields. Her chapbook, Herd was published by Sheltering Pines Press and her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Alimentum, Hunger Mountain, Small Farmers Journal, Vermont Life, Vermont's Local Banquet and Whole Terrain
Former Director of Writing Studies and Faculty in Sustainable Agriculture at Sterling College, she's now immersed in writing endeavors as a newspaper columnist, freelance writer, writing workshop facilitator and caretaker of a writer's retreat, as well as growing and raising great food on Chickadee Farm in Craftsbury, VT. 

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