An article in yesterday’s NYT caught my attention: Uniting Around Food to Save an Ailing Town. The story is about Hardwick, a little town in northeastern Vermont, that is slowing turning empty storefronts into sought after real estate with the areas greatest resources: Food and Art. Area farmers are sharing equipment, ideas, and investors in order to secure a future for the town. Hardwick, once known as “Little Chicago,” was a center for entertainment and money in its granite producing heyday. To return to the boom days, these resident entrepreneurs are working together to use all their resources, such as, learning to turning raw products like pumpkin squash into soup and whey from cheese-making into a wood finish, instead of feeding them to compost piles. hub for entertainment and wealth once thriving as a granite producer and entertainment hub.