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Book Title: Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer|
The author of the book: Novella Carpenter
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Reader ratings: 3.7
Edition: Findaway World
Date of issue: October 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9781615748792
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 786 KB
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I like reading gardening memoirs, even though I do not have a vegetable garden. As a farmer's granddaughter, I appreciate all of the hard work it takes to grow and raise food.
"Farm City" is an entertaining book about an urban farmer in Oakland, California, and she describes her neighborhood as being in the ghetto. At various times, Novella has kept chickens, rabbits, turkeys, ducks, geese, bees and even pigs in her backyard.* (I visited her blog, Ghost Town Farm, and saw she also had a goat.) She planted a vegetable garden and some fruit trees, and even took over an abandoned lot next door, which she uses as a community garden.
I enjoyed most of Novella's stories, but there were a lot of digressions that I had to skim. This book should have been better edited -- not every rambling blog post needs to be printed in a book.
Some gardening memoirs that I thought were better written were "The $64 Tomato" by William Alexander and "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. But "Farm City" was a nice, pleasant read at the start of summer.
*Small rant here, because I HAVE OPINIONS: I thought Novella and her boyfriend were nuts for trying to raise pigs in the city. If you want to raise that kind of livestock, move to the country. There are zoning laws for reasons. Several neighbors of theirs complained about the smell the pigs made, and I don't blame them. If my neighbor started keeping pigs in her backyard, I would raise hell. Look, I love and appreciate urban gardens, but there are limits, you guys.
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Read information about the authorNovella Carpenter grew up in rural Idaho and Washington State. She majored in biology and English at the University of Washington in Seattle. While attending Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, she studied under Michael Pollan for two years. Her urban farm began with a few chickens, then some bees, until she had a full-blown farm near downtown Oakland.
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