Farm City by Novella Carpenter
The Education of an Urban Farmer

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“One of New York Times Top 10 Books of 2009” (Dwight Garner)

"Captivating... By turns edgy, moving, and hilarious, Farm City marks the debut of a striking new voice in American writing." --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 aren’t pets. Novella is raising these animals for dinner.

An unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmer’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.
 

About Novella Carpenter

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Novella 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.
 
Published April 29, 2009 by Penguin Books. 300 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Science & Math, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Urban eccentricity meets rural thrift and tradition in a charming debut memoir about the author’s farm in downtown Oakland.

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I had a feeling I might like this memoir when I came upon on its first sentence, a gentle twist on the opening of Isak Dinesen’s “Out of Africa.” Here is Novella Carpenter: “I have a farm on a dead-end street in the ghetto.” Skip to next paragraph Julia Landau Novella Carpenter ...

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Christian Science Monitor

Ten blocks from downtown Oakland, Calif., the peeps and thumps of Carpenter’s livestock compete with shrieks from car alarms, her chicken coop leans against an auto repair shop, and the scent of honey from her beehives mingles with exhaust from the freeway.

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Englewood Review of Books

Readers should be forewarned that this is not a how-to book (even the most passionate of my urban farming friends admits that raising pigs in the city, as Carpenter eventually comes to do, is unfathomable in most cities in the U.S.).

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Hutchinson Leader

Rated as one of the "New York Times Top 10 Books of 2009," "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer," by Novella Carpenter, is definitely worth reading.

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The Kitchn

Throughout the book, Novella gives her farm tally.

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The land in this story is city dirt and raised beds on concrete slabs, junk yard dogs harvest some of the ducks for themselves, and the pigs frolic in a hay-strewn backyard feeding on whatever Carpenter and her boyfriend manage to find in the Dumpsters of Oakland's Chinatown, the East Bay's fines...

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