Farm City - Novella Carpenter
Novella Carpenter
Farm City: The Education of An Urban Farmer

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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About Novella Carpenter


Novella Carpenter grew up in rural Idaho and Washington State. She went to University of Washington in Seattle where she majored in Biology and English. She studied under Michael Pollan for two years while attending Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her writing has appeared on Salon.com, Saveur.com, and sfgate.com (the San Francisco Chronicle’s website), and in Food & Wine and Mother Jones. She lives in Oakland, California.

For additional information, visit the author’s blog at: www.ghosttownfarm.wordpress.com