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Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer Paperback – May 25, 2010
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"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
"Fresh, fearless, and jagged around the edges, Ms. Carpenter's book... puts me in mind of Julie Powell's Julie & Julia and Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love." --The New York Times
"Carpenter, with [her] humor and step-by-step clarity, make[s] it seem utterly possible to grow the kind of food you want to eat, wherever you live." --Los Angeles Times
About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0143117289
- ISBN-13 : 978-0143117285
- Product Dimensions : 5.43 x 0.6 x 8.41 inches
- Publisher : Penguin Books; 1st Edition (May 25, 2010)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #256,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She starts with simple produce, but having raised chickens before, she is soon taking on poultry and bees - and eventually, pigs. There's no punches pulled here; Carpenter talks with frank honesty about the challenges surrounding making a viable farm, small as it is, in the heart of a city - including protecting her livestock from wild animals and the not-so-wild dogs next door. I appreciate the honesty with which she delves into the angst of dealing with her livestock harvesting, and the frankness with which she solves other issues that make up day-to-day problem solving for her small urban farm.
The book is populated with interesting neighbors, too, and remind us that part of making an address a 'neighborhood' are the relationships one builds with others.
Fantastic read, and very eye-opening for anybody who's ever dreamed of setting up their own urban oasis.
Ms. Carpenter: Thank you for having the heart - and courage - to forge your farm. And, thank you for sharing your odyssey with the rest of us. Love it!!!!!!!!!!!
I really appreciated how Novella made farming more attainable without sugar coating the downfalls we all face. Her writing is amazing~ it's like you are sharing her ups/downs/& conundrums facing large & small scale farmers. Novella makes you want to be brave and take on that next level of farming. Bee keeping here I come!!!. Thank you!
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Mini setbacks and failures are part and parcel of growing food and Novella discusses these alongside the triumphs. A great book. Well worth the price. Please write more!