Book Review - Farm City, The Education Of An Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter

I thought "Farm City" by Novella Carpenter was a good read.  It was a great balance of her personal life with her boyfriend Bill and her urban farm life.  Amazingly, she grew a garden, raised pigs, rabbits, bees and chickens all in her small plot in Oakland, California.  It seems unbelievable and inspirational, all at the same time.

Novella used the small space in the back of their rented apartment and then an abandoned lot next to where they lived.  It seems as though every inch of their space, both inside and out, were used for animal husbandry or gardening.

Through her words, you got a feel for her enormous compassion for the animals as well as the people in her life.  She also did a wonderful job of helping you paint a mental picture of what her little farm looked, smelled and sounded like in the day-to-day happenings.

I found myself laughing when the pigs went strolling into a major intersection and angry for her when the wacky butcher she hired was inhumane and just plain mean.

I would recommend it to anyone interested in the topic.  Have any of you read this book?  What did you think?


Sparkless said...

Funny you are talking about this book because I just finished it a couple of days ago. I love the way she brought all the personalities of the people and the animals into her story. It wasn't just about urban farming but also about the people and the animals and how they all fit together in their landscape.

Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Thanks for the comment - I totally agree.

maggie said...

I'll have to check the library for this one. I wish my town allowed food critters!