Farm City

Farm City

The Education of An Urban Farmer

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Urban and rural collide in this wry, inspiring memoir of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, Conn.] : Tantor Audio, p2009.
ISBN: 9781400112982
Branch Call Number: 630.9173/2 22
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (ca. 10 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: White, Karen (Karen Elizabeth)


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May 24, 2016

If you are a vegetarian, this is not the one for you. It was interesting for the first few chapters, but it turned into a graphic decription of killing and eating animals using various gourmet recipes. There were comments that compared the authorities with animals. The last few chapters were devoted to the raising, butchering and preserving a pig. There was some interesting info about bees but not a lot about chickens. If you are an urban farmer that gardens and raises chickens, perhaps you can write a more suitable book, unfortunately, I did not learn much from this one.


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Jul 30, 2010

When Novella Carpenter and boyfriend Bill move from Seattle to Oakland, they choose their apartment for its cast of eccentric neighbors and the empty lot behind the building. In short order, Novella has taken over the lot, not only with a garden of heirloom vegetables, but chickens, bees, and even pigs. Because she is essentially squatting on another’s property, she is very generous about allowing strangers to partake of the fruits of her labor, while waiting for bulldozers to clear her space for condominiums. Being in the heart of what she describes as “the ghetto”, her neighbors all turn a blind eye to her more-than-likely illegal activities because everyone there is doing something they shouldn’t be. She fits right in.

Farm City is not, however, a simple tale of a girl and a garden. Carpenter eloquently makes a case for raising your own food. Her inclusion of meat birds and pigs in her urban farm allows her to reconcile her consumption of meat and her need to harvest such food respectfully. Her dependence on those with more experience uncovers a wealth of diversity among her neighborhood and growing circle of friends. Farm city is an inspiration on many levels.


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