Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Farm City

I just finished reading "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer" by Novella Carpenter and wish that I had been able to attend her lecture at Town Hall Seattle last summer. She must be quite a character. Her book is filled with hilarious and engaging stories about starting and nurturing a small farm in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Oakland, California.

Much of the book focuses on solving how to farm amongst the collection of unique city dwellers and feeding her well loved animals that will become meat sources. I was intrigued with her resourcefulness at recycling city garbage to provide nourishment for her increasing population of chickens, turkeys, rabbits and pigs. Novella really speaks from the heart about her connection to food, family and friends.

I feel inspired by her story and am thankful that I have a plot of land to grow my own fruits, veggies and chickens. I must admit, I've thought about butchering the chickens but haven't been able to bring myself to do it yet.

Read the book!


  1. This book sounds really interesting. I'm curious about the turkeys ... in the city?

  2. Hi Sylvana, the book is a nice piece of writing; full of great stories and information. The kinds of animals she has in the city is simply amazing!

  3. Hi there, I've read the book too and its awesome. She has lots of courage. I couldn't kill anything let alone deal with the pigs! UDG

  4. Kathy,
    This book looks as though it would be an interesting read, and it sounds like the author has some enchanting tales to tell. Your apricot quince pictured in a previous post is just beautiful, one of my favorites! :) ~Liisa