I am available to speak with groups both large and small, on a variety of topics including but not limited to: Small scale restorative agriculture and its role in relocalizing economies, the role of money in contemporary American society, unschooling and connecting children with nature and community, the rewards and challenges of living off-grid, and the relationship between humans and bacteria and how this relationship informs an evolved understanding of nutrition.
I really enjoy connecting with people of all ages and walks of life, and particularly appreciate the opportunity to engage in thoughtful dialogue.
“Ben Hewitt’s presentation at the CityWorks (X)Po was a highlight of the conference. As he was speaking, I looked out at the crowd, and I could see almost everyone smiling; Ben engaged and charmed the audience like nobody else at the conference. His presentation perfectly balanced personal narrative, objective analysis of the issues surrounding local foods, and thought-provoking insights. Attendees came away impressed, inspired, and informed, whether they were die-hard locavores or relatively new to the topic of local food systems.” – John Blackburn, conference organizer
September 12: Taproot Gathering, Squam Art Workshops. NH: Presentation and discussion
July 12: Ludlow Farmer’s Market, in conjunction with the Book Nook, Ludow, VT. Reading and discussion
July 11: Pheonix Books, Burlington, VT. Reading and discussion
June 22: Barnfest, Woodstock, NY. Keynote and discussion
June 20: Battenkill Books, Cambridge, NY. Reading and discussion
June 18: Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT. Reading and discussion
June 15: Northshire Books, Manchester, VT. Reading and discussion
June 12: Main Street Bookends, Warner, NH. Reading and discussion
June 11: Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT. Reading and discussion
June 4: South Burlington Community Library, South Burlington, VT. Presentation and discussion
April 19: Willistown Conservation Trust, Willistown, PA. Presentation and discussion
March 14: Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield, VT. Panel discussion
March 10: Flint Public Library, Middleton, MA. 2:00 PM. Presentation and discussion
February 9: Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture annual conference, State College, PA. Keynote, discussion, workshop
November 2: Innovative Farmers of Ohio Conference, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH. Keynote and discussion
October 28: Groton Dunstable Regional High School, Groton, MA. 2:30 p.m. Presentation and discussion
September 27: Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. 7:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
September 14: North American Devon Association Annual Conference, Richfield Springs, NY. Keynote and discussion
July 26-27: Kneading Conference, Skowhegan, Maine. Keynote and discussion
July 12: National Association of College & University Food Services Conference, Boston, MA. Keynote
July 7: Foodworks, Montpelier, VT. Panel discussion with Bill McKibben and Rachel Nevitt: Food Security in an Age of Climate Change. 5:30-9:00
June 20: Pie and Politics, Bayfield Bigtop Tent, Bayfield, WI, Keynote and discussion
May 21: Food and Health Forum Food For Thought Dinner and Seminar Series, Blue Moon Evolution restaurant, Exeter, New Hampshire. 6:30. Presentation/Discussion
April 24: Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts. 7:45. Presentation/Discussion
April 10: Colby College, Waterville, Maine. Details TBA
April 5: University of New Hampshire, Manchester, New Hampshire. 6:30 p.m. Presentation/Discussion
March 24: Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Presentation/Discussion
February 8: Stowe Free Library, Stowe, Vermont. 7:00 p.m. Reading/Discussion
February 3: Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. 3:00 p.m. Presentation/Discussion
January 28: AGRItunity Conference, Bushnell, Florida. Details TBA
November 7: Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont. 6:00 p.m. Presentation/Discussion
November 5: Creating Greenfield’s Future, Main Campus of Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, Massachusetts. 8:30 am. Presentation/Discussion
October 30: Plainfield Cooperative Annual Meeting, Plainfield, VT. 5:00 pm. Discussion
October 28: CityWorks (X)Po, Roanoke, Virginia. 12:00 noon. Keynote and Signing.
October 22: Connecting for Change: A Bioneers by the Bay Conference, New Bedford, Massachusetts. 8:40 a.m. Keynote and Signing.
October 14: Sustainable Island Living Conference, Rockland, Maine. 9 a.m. Keynote and Signing.
September 29: Center for the Environment, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts. 7 p.m. Presentation/Discussion and Signing.
August 20: Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. 10:30 a.m. Presentation/Discussion
July 15: Gibson’s Bookstore, 27 South Main Street, Concord, New Hampshire. 6 p.m. Reading and Signing.
July 8: Fletcher Memorial Library, Ludlow, Vermont. 7 p.m. Book Signing and Reception.
June 23-25: Keynote at Regards to Rural Conference, Corvallis, Oregon.
June 21: Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street Montpelier, Vermont. 7 p.m. Reading and Signing.
June 10: Main Street BookEnds, 16 East Main Street, Warner, New Hampshire, 7 p.m. Reading and Signing.
June 7: Galaxy Bookshop, 7 Mill Street, Hardwick, Vermont, 7 p.m. “World Premiere” Reading and Signing.
May 11: Reading Public Library, Reading Massachusetts 7 p.m.
April 21: Five Corners Farmer’s Market Winter Sustainability Series. Book discussion at Brownell Library, Essex, Vermont. 6:30 p.m.
April 14: Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) Annual Meeting. New Haven, Vermont.
April 7: Maine Association of Nonprofits Keynote. Waterville, Maine.
April 7: Presentation/discussion, Colonial Theatre, Belfast. Maine. 7:00 p.m.
April 4-5: Keynote address and discussion, North Country Symposium, St Lawrence University, Canton, New York.
March 19: NOFA NH Winter Conference Keynote with Jack Lazor. Exeter, New Hampshire.
March 3: Harvest New England Ag Marketing Conference. Sturbridge, Massachusetts.
February 23: Environment Hamilton Speaker Series. Hamilton, Ontario. 7:00 p.m.
February 10: Middlebury College Environmental Studies Colloquium Series. Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. 12:30 p.m.
February 2: Waterbury/Duxbury Food Council Community Potluck. Harwood Union High School, Waterbury, Vermont.
“Ben’s book and presentation were timely and relevant to the interests of Marlboro students. During a pre-lecture dinner, he engaged students in casual conversations that he was then able to weave into the formal presentation. He showed poise and humor as he fielded questions that were alternatively supportive and skeptical, and was clearly prepared to discuss broader issues that stemmed from his talk.” — Ken Schneck, Dean of Students at Marlboro College