Ben Hewitt writes and farms in Northern Vermont. His work has appeared in numerous national periodicals, including the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Gourmet, Discover, Skiing, Eating Well, Powder, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Bicycling, and many others. 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 book The Town That Food Saved, published by Rodale, tells the story of a rural, working-class Vermont community that is attempting to blueprint and implement a localized food system. Ben is currently working on a book about food safety, to be published by Rodale in 2011.

Books in order of publication:

You Got Me Shook1998
Bicycling Magazine’s Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills: Your Guide to Riding Faster, Stronger, Longer, and Safer1998
Bicycling Magazine’s Training Techniques for Cyclists: Greater Power, Faster Speed, Longer Endurance, Better Skills1999
Bicycling Magazine’s Basic Maintenance and Repair: Simple Techniques to Make Your Bike Ride Better and Last Longer1999
Bicycling Magazine’s New Cyclist Handbook: Ride with Confidence and Avoid Common Pitfalls2000
Bicycling Magazine’s Nutrition for Peak Performance: Eat and Drink for Maximum Energy on the Road and Off2000
Bicycling Magazine’s 1000 All-Time Best Tips: Top Riders Share Their Secrets to Maximize Fun, Safety, and Performance2005
The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food2008
I Toss Till Dawn2010
Making Supper Safe: Why We’ve Lost Trust in Our Food and How We Can Get it Back2011
Making Supper Safe: One Man’s Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety2011
Planting Seeds: Who Says You Can’t Change the World?2012
Saved: How I Quit Worrying About Money and Became the Richest Guy in the World2013
Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World2014
Jesse Burke: Wild and Precious2015
The Nourishing Homestead: One Back-to-the-Land Family’s Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit2015
Byron, Shelley and Goethe’s Faust: An Epic Connection2015
The Guide For Cyclist And Driver, An Informative Book To Avoid The Misunderstanding Of Both Party2017
Young Adventurer’s Guide to (Almost) Everything – Build a Fort, Camp Like a Champ, Poop in the Woods-45 Action-Packed Outdoor Activities2019