Novella Carpenter talks about Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. Urban and rural collide in this inspiring memoir of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm.
If you have ever considered leaving it all behind to become a farmer, consider this both a cautionary tale and a full-throated call to action.
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 writing has appeared on Salon.com, Saveur.com, sfgate.com, and in Mother Jones.
Author Novella Carpenter reads an excerpt from her book Farm City, describing how she scrounged feed for her urban farm animals.
"In five minutes we found a squashed key lime pie, a bag of still-warm beans and a container of old romaine lettuce," she says of one dumpster diving session. "We felt like Vegas gamblers on a winning streak."