Farm City

Farm City

The Education of An Urban Farmer

eBook - 2009
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Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781101058855
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc


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mryknx Jun 07, 2018

Another memoir about a woman who loves the city and is inspired to turn a vacant lot in Oakland into an urban farm.

One of my favorite books, I wish that I knew Carpenter personally -- I'm sure we'd be good friends.

One of my favorite books — if you've ever wondered how to raise a pig in an inner-city backyard, this is the book for you.

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Mar 26, 2017

Even if you grew up on a farm, some of her projects (the pigs) were quite daunting. Pigs smell a lot. Good read.

Nov 14, 2015

This was a very enjoyable book. I wasn't sure what to expect from a urban gardeners memoir but, the stories shared were interesting and made me consider the issues faced by the author. I cared about the bees, birds and the outcome of her big experiments.

Feb 17, 2015

What an exciting read! The author is amazing - can't wait to read more from her. Wonderfully written, and will have you laughing throughout!

ECMORGAN Jun 24, 2013

Hilarious!! A great read for anyone with a sense of humour, although even better for anyone trying their hand at Urban Farming. She has a great blog as well, which contains the same wit as the novel, just different stories. Look up "Ghost Town Farm" for the blog

May 30, 2013

A good book to me is when I get to the last page and cry because there isn't more. I was weeping as I read the last words and whispering, 'thank you' to the author for the lovely connection I felt with her throughout the book. Even though I had to steel myself over the parts where she killed or had her farm animals killed, my deepest longing is to be like Novella who understands the beauty and gift of growing anything on this earth. Today I'm eating everything more mindfully. This is a must read for any aspiring urban gardener.


quagga Nov 02, 2012

From killing an opossum with a shovel and feeling an urge to place its head on a spike to warn other predators to stay away from her birds, to scolding a teenage would-be mugger about the dangers of carrying a gun, there isn't a dull moment in Novella's life. When she experimented with a 100-yard diet for a month, vowing to eat only what she either grew herself or foraged, Novella resorted to consuming home decor -- the ornamental indian corn she had grown a few years earlier.

Dec 26, 2011

I'm a vegetarian for ethical reasons, and I still loved this book that includes stories of raising and slaughtering animals for food!

Sep 15, 2011

I really enjoyed this book (it was a fast read - one day) - it reads like a long conversation with an interesting, slightly loopy person. It also demonstrates how far ahead of Canada parts of the US are in urban food production.

Sep 07, 2011

This woman has no fear! She's also quite funny and although I don't think I'd want to live next door to her (particularly when she's raising her hogs!!) she sure is interesting. The book is really good and I learned more about what a person can do on their own to provide for their family's food needs than I ever realized existed. More power to her and the other urban farmers out there.

Aug 23, 2011

An interesting autobiography of an urban farmer in Oakland. Nothing particularly ground breaking and at times and bit meandering. I went back and forth throughout the book thinking first "she's a trooper and innovator" and then "she's a bit of a loon" and then back again. No where near as good as Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

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