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Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer


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ISBN13: 9780143117285
ISBN10: 0143117289
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boehnlei, October 31, 2011 (view all comments by boehnlei)
This book was on my list for quite awhile when it was still in hard-back. Novella's entertaining prose was both thought-provoking and hilarious, letting her readers into her everyday, dirty, though rewarding life as an urban farmer. Her voice is very distinct, often sarcastic, but her story and perseverance is inspiring. It made me want to run outside and start planing- or at least learn more about it! Plus, it is an interesting counterargument to vegetarianism- raising your own meat cuts down on so many of the resources it takes to buy meat at the store and is bound to make life interesting.
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TDB, January 27, 2011 (view all comments by TDB)
"Farm City", by Novella Carpenter, is quite an interesting book. I'd casually heard of the title and since urban and farming, to me at least, seemed an oxymoron, I read it to see the hype about the book. She's a very hardworking, creative, and self-sufficient woman. She is a bit quirky, but who isn't? Kudos to her for going after the simpler life, although in an urban environment. I personally would not eat or raise neither pigs nor rabbits for food, but she did this successfully (chickens also) all the while holding down job(s), and tending to a large city garden. Well written account.
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Jaw, August 16, 2010 (view all comments by Jaw)
With the recent emphasis on home gardens this book is very timely. Novella Carpenter, the daughter of two hippies, loves gardening & raising chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese, turkeys & even pigs. She loves the city & manages to farm in a rough section of Oakland. She plants heirloom seeds, builds chicken brooders & learns to butcher the animals she raises. This "urban homesteader" writes a book that is entertaining and informational at the same time. It all takes place on an empty lot next to her apartment & eventually spreads onto her deck & into her live quarters. I love the way her farming in the city brings together all the unforgettable characters in her neighborhood. I highly recommend this autobiography.
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Carpenter, Novella
Penguin Books
Williams, Dee
Personal Memoirs
Agriculture - General
Biography - General
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
4 b/w illustrations
8.52x5.48x.59 in. .53 lbs.
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Product details 288 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143117285 Reviews:
"Review" by , "By turns edgy, moving, and hilarious."
"Synopsis" by , An unforgettably charming memoir, Farm City is full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmer's tips, and a great deal of heart. When Novella Carpenter — captivated by the idea of backyard self-sufficiency — moved to inner city Oakland and discovered a weed-choked, garbage- strewn abandoned lot next door to her house, she closed her eyes and pictured heirloom tomatoes and a chicken coop. The story of how her urban farm grew from a few chickens to one populated with turkeys, geese, rabbits, ducks, and two three-hundred-pound pigs will capture the imagination of anyone who has ever considered leaving the city behind for a more natural lifestyle.
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Dee Williamsand#8217;s life changed in an instant, with a near-death experience in the aisle of her local grocery store. Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, she was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved. That included the beautiful sprawling house in the Pacific Northwest she had painstakingly restoredand#151;but, increasingly, it did not include the mortgage payments, constant repairs, and general time-suck of home ownership. A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances, were things that couldnand#8217;t compare with the financial freedom and the ultimate luxuryand#151;timeand#151;that would come with downsizing.

Deciding to build an eighty-four-square-foot houseand#151;on her own, from the ground upand#151;was just the beginning of building a new life. Williams can now list everything she owns on one sheet of paper, her monthly housekeeping bills amount to about eight dollars, and it takes her approximately ten minutes to clean the entire house. Itand#8217;s left her with more time to spend with family and friends, and given her freedom to head out for adventure at a momentand#8217;s notice, or watch the clouds and sunset while drinking a beer on her (yes, tiny) front porch.

The lessons Williams learned from her and#147;ahaand#8221; moment post-trauma apply to all of us, every day, regardless of whether or not we decide to discard all our worldly belongings. Part how-to, part personal memoir, The Big Tiny is an utterly seductive meditation on the benefits of slowing down, scaling back, and appreciating the truly important things in life.

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andldquo;One of New York Times Top 10 Books of 2009andrdquo; (Dwight Garner)

andquot;Captivating... By turns edgy, moving, and hilarious, Farm City marks the debut of a striking new voice in American writing.andquot; --Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and Food Rules

When Novella Carpenter--captivated by the idea of backyard self-sufficiency as the daughter of two back-to-the-earth hippies--moves to a ramshackle house in inner-city Oakland and discovers a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door, she closes her eyes and pictures heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop.

What starts out as a few egg-laying chickens leads to turkeys, geese, and ducks. And not long after, along came two 300-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals arenandrsquo;t pets. Novella is raising these animals for dinner.

An unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmerandrsquo;s tips, and a great deal of heart, Farm City offers a beautiful mediation on what we give up to live the way we do today.

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