“The literary tone and humor make this book more accessible and entertaining than some of the seminal works by Bill McKibben and Michael Pollan.” — School Library Journal (in a review of The Town That Food Saved)

The Nourishing Homestead



The Town That Food Saved

Ben Hewitt’s first book, The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food, was published in March, 2010.

His second book, Making Supper Safe: One Man’s Quest to Learn the Truth About Food Safety, was published on June 7, 2011.

His most recent book, Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and reconnecting with the Natural World, was published September 9, 2014

Coming Soon (February 15, 2015) , The Nourishing Homestead: One Back-to-the-Land Family’s Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit

Read a Q & A with Ben Hewitt about Making Supper Safe.

  • "Nesting deeply into a farmstead requires skill, patience, and the right mindset. Sharing his insights after nearly two decades of this life, Ben Hewitt's success beckons others to follow. Are you intimidated by a non-corporate farmstead life? The Nourishing Homestead empowers anyone aspiring to such a life: yes, you can." —Joel Salatin, farmer and author
  • "Inspiring and informative. A brilliant union of theory and practice." —Shannon Hayes, The Radical Homemaker
  • "If Walden were a how-to book and updated for the twenty first century, The Nourishing Homestead would be it. Whether you have land or not, are a hardcore homesteader or a suburban gardener, you'll find this book packed with countless how-to gems for personal and family liberty. The practical usefulness of this book is hard to overstate; the Hewitts have written a manual girded by direct experience alone, not ideology--a true rarity." —Ben Falk, author of The Resilient Farm and Homestead
  • "In this fine and eloquent and moving book, Ben Hewitt takes a principled stand for the unconventional childhood, for the intellectual and emotional and soulful nurture of nature." -- Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle
  • "Ben walks you along the lanes of his small family farm right into the heart of parenting. He does not judge the new normal of life’s fever pitch pace but fills you with the courage to follow your hopes that may well transform your family" - Kim John Payne, author of Simplicity Parenting
  • “This is a beautifully written, honest, introspective, soul-revealing, and soul-stirring account of one family’s choice to live close to nature and to allow their children to learn naturally, without school, in a self-directed manner. The book’s biggest message, I think, is that we do have choices; we can chart our own lives, we don't have to follow the crowd if we don’t want to.”—Peter Gray, Research Professor at Boston College and author of Free to Learn: How Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.
  • "This book fills me with both sadness and joy. My sadness is for the millions of children locked in schools, looking out the windows as the precious days of childhood pass them by. My joy comes from knowing this eloquent book will inspire many to choose a different path." - Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics and The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible
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