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Hanging around just off the highway nearby Every day on this strange and beautiful farm urban meets rural in the most surprising ways For anyone who has ever grown herbs on their windowsill tomatoes on their fire escape or obsessed over the offerings at the local farmers' market Carpenter's story will capture your heart And if you've ever considered leaving it all behind to become a farmer outside the city limits or looked at the abandoned lot next door with a gleam in your eye consider this both a cautionary tale and a full throated call to action Farm City is an unforgettably charming memoir full of hilarious moments fascinating farmers' tips and a great deal of heart It is also a moving meditation on urban life versus the natural world and what we have given up to live the way we d I m pretty surprised at how highly this book has been rated and how many impressive blurbs Michael Pollan NYT Book Review Oprah it has received I picked it up to read as a comp title for a narrative I m working on now and I thought about putting it down at least half a dozen times as I made my way through it It took me at least the first third of the book to become invested and even then I only stuck with it because I wanted to read it for comparison Basically I think Novella tries too hard to paint the picture of who she is it rang false to me and got old very uickly She spends a good portion of the book establishing her unusually kooky personality and most of the descriptions left me rolling my eyes There are multiple unnecessary references to political items that serve no other purpose than for her to point out Ick at least I m not like that am I right nudge nudge If you fit this stereotype you must be ashamed of yourself You are clearly not my people She continually recounts situations that attempt to display how she s the lovable and slightly crazy white lady in the dangerous ghetto Aren t I brave and edgy she seems to be saying However she does do a nice job of providing references for most of her research there is an excellent bibliography for further reading and the last section of the book about raising pigs is uite interesting despite the rather annoying telling and retelling I m talking dozens of times of Dumpster diving escapades in order to feed her livestockOverall I think it has something uniue to add to the farm memoir genre that is at its peak right now but I think many of the other offerings are worthy Poslije svega (After, pretty surprised at how highly this book has been rated and how many impressive blurbs Michael Pollan NYT Book Review Oprah it has received I Die Herrenschneiderei picked it up to read as a comp title for a narrative I m working on now and I thought about Calling Cards: Uncover Your Calling putting it down at least half a dozen times as I made my way through it It took me at least the first third of the book to become invested and even then I only stuck with it because I wanted to read it for comparison Basically I think Novella tries too hard to Cities of God paint the Daisy Malone and the Blue Glowing Stone portion of the book establishing her unusually kooky Pretend God Is Deaf personality and most of the descriptions left me rolling my eyes There are multiple unnecessary references to Cased Images & Tintypes KwikGuide political items that serve no other Las Puertas Del Amor purpose than for her to Discoveries point out Ick at least I m not like that am I right nudge nudge If you fit this stereotype you must be ashamed of yourself You are clearly not my A Fire Within: Sekret Machines Series, Book 2 people She continually recounts situations that attempt to display how she s the lovable and slightly crazy white lady in the dangerous ghetto Aren t I brave and edgy she seems to be saying However she does do a nice job of Idenics providing references for most of her research there is an excellent bibliography for further reading and the last section of the book about raising Night Owl Loonette pigs is uite interesting despite the rather annoying telling and retelling I m talking dozens of times of Dumpster diving escapades in order to feed her livestockOverall I think it has something uniue to add to the farm memoir genre that is at its Deadshifted (Edie Spence, peak right now but I think many of the other offerings are worthy

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Farm City The Education of an Urban Farmer

Nd pictured heirloom tomatoes a beehive and a chicken coop What started out as a few egg laying chickens led to turkeys geese and ducks Soon some rabbits joined the fun then two three hundred pound pigs And no these charming and eccentric animals weren't pets; she was a farmer not a zookeeper Novella was raising these animals for dinner Novella Carpenter's corner of downtown Oakland is populated by unforgettable characters Lana anal spelled backward she reminds us runs a speakeasy across the street and refuses to hurt even a fly let alone condone raising turkeys for Thanksgiving Bobby the homeless man who collects cars and car parts just outside the farm is an invaluable neighborhood concierge The turkeys Harold and Maude tend to escape on a daily basis to cavort with the prostitutes This was a painful read The major problem of the book was summed up in the conclusion which is comprised of Carpenter s standard combination of hackneyed rhetoric painfully ignorant social commentary narcissism and total inconsistency In one breath she tells us that she has not changed the land it has changed her and in the next she tells us that perhaps she has altered the future of Oakland so actually she thinks she has changed the land She tells us that she has finally found her identity a farmer and in the next breath tells us that she was recently shocked to discover that roosters crow early in the morning She tells us that she has a deep respect for animals and her relationship with them but makes absolutely ZERO effort to understand them and when the rooster crowing becomes annoying she is all to happy to have the animal killed not as a sacred offering as she describes the process earlier but because the crowing is a pain in the ass She loves living in the ghetto but hopes the ghetto changes to her conception of what poverty could be She is self deprecating as far as calling herself as well as everyone who has ever been useful to her a freak and an asshole but is incapable of showing this humility when it comes to seeing what a total lack of care she has when it comes to the animals In her dealings with animals the attitude seems to be Well just because I have no experience and have no understanding of X animal doesn t mean I shouldn t buy some If it doesn t work out they ll either die off due to my ineptitude or they ll live long enough for me to kill them This woman is insufferably pretentious made worse by her total lack of awareness or sense of humor Most of the beginning of the book is devoted to her describing how she has had every cool idea that ever occurred but no one appreciates how incredibly cool she is because the rest of us are so lame and stupid unless you re a vegetarian and then you re an annoying sentimentalist or also if you re from California you re a fake freak that has come here to reinvent yourself unlike the author who has always been impossibly cool and ahead of the crowd Or you work at the post office or buy your food at the grocery store or you do farm but don t have bees or you are a republican or you live in a good neighborhood or you live on a rural farm or you re an anarchist or you re straight edge Who is a jerk people who work at the post office urban farmers that don t eat their animals rural farmers everyone else who lives in California people who ask her uestions vegetarians people who shop using catalogues homesteaders anarchists people who name their animals the poorWhat else sucks clean streets Cold weather nice things house rules when living with roommatesartisan butchers that don t do things the way she imagined them in fantasyThis is made even worse by the totally artless prose peppered with expletives and horribly boring details that do nothing for the narrative eg a page devoted to how she doesn t generally shop from catalogues and has low grade aggression against people who do but would make exceptions when it came to farm euipment a story about how she borrowed a friend s truck and decided not to tell him that she had overloaded the truck bed and possibly damaged the suspension End of story Apparently no one in the city of Oakland knows how to tell if a watermelon is ripe so she had to drive to Mendocino Really While this is absurd it also speaks to the fact that she never made a single friend in years of living there or even on a speaking basis with any farmerbasically competent person in vegetables On killing slugs I felt great I killed so others might live Death is all around us even in an innocent watermelon You just have to know where to look I am not sure what others she imagines we re fighting for survival on her watermelon nutritionally vacuous but the histrionic prose is abundant Bronxwood pictured heirloom tomatoes a beehive and a chicken coop What started out as a few egg laying chickens led to turkeys geese and ducks Soon some rabbits joined the fun then two three hundred NAKED ANIME GIRLS 3 pound Acquiring the Mind of Christ pigs And no these 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Urban and rural collide in this wry inspiring memoir of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm Novella Carpenter loves cities the culture the crowds the energy At the same time she can't shake the fact that she is the daughter of two back to the land hippies who taught her to love nature and eat vegetables Ambivalent about repeating her parents' disastrous mistakes yet drawn to the idea of backyard self sufficiency Carpenter decided that it might be possible to have it both ways a homegrown vegetable plot as well as museums bars concerts and a twenty four hour convenience mart mere minutes away Especially when she moved to a ramshackle house in inner city Oakland and discovered a weed choked garbage strewn abandoned lot next door She closed her eyes a I end up on the it was OK rating of two stars mostly because Novella simply rubs me the wrong way She unfortunately comes off to me as someone with just a bit of a holier than thou attitude toward her neighbors and neighborhood although it s difficult for me to pinpoint just how that attitude gets communicated to me Many times the scenarios are humorous and the interactions zany in a good way Yet when she confesses that it took her two years to get up the courage to walk off her dead end street s block I have to wonder why the hell she bothered living there If she s been that afraid of the neighborhood for that long what was the point It was all they could afford Or as another reviewer suggested it was all part of the book idea she wanted to pitchHer endeavors are refreshing although I believe a lot needs to be said about how to really begin doing something about the problem of our food sources It s not realistic to believe we can all raise all our own food I participated in a large garden with my family and it came no where near feeding us although it contributed many delicious additions to our meals I don t see giving up flour because I can t personally grow the acres of wheat to create it as a helpful thought Our human society is based on exchange and has been for thousands of years No doubt there have always been specialists in the human communities and the products they produce can be traded for products others produce Because we now live in a society that uses currency as an exchange tool doesn t change that reality On the other hand I do believe we need to begin to eat locally that diverse farm production is healthier and that it s good for people to know about where their food comes from There are a lot of good thought provoking starting points but I think she fails to follow them through and her personality just doesn t appeal much to me I d rather read Michael Pollan or Barbara Kingsolver


10 thoughts on “Farm City The Education of an Urban Farmer

  1. says:

    I end up on the it was OK rating of two stars mostly because Novella simply rubs me the wrong way She unfortunately comes off to me as someone with just a bit of a holier than thou attitude toward her neighbors and neighborhood although it's difficult for me to pinpoint just how that attitude gets communicated t

  2. says:

    I like reading gardening memoirs even though I do not have a vegetable garden As a farmer's granddaughter I appreciate all of the hard work it takes to grow and raise foodFarm City is an entertaining book about an urban farmer in Oakland California and she describes her neighborhood as being in the ghetto At various times Novella has kept c

  3. says:

    I had fair warning the sections of this book are named turkey rabbit and pigStill I was willing to read about the killing and eating of animals because of the good things I'd heardThe book is as much about living in the down and out part of Oakland and general DIY as much as urban farming Carpenter's sense of humor is on target for the first

  4. says:

    This was a painful read The major problem of the book was summed up in the conclusion which is comprised of Carpenter's standard combination of hackneyed rhetoric painfully ignorant social commentary narcissism and total inconsistency In one breath she tells us that she has not changed the land it has changed her and in the next s

  5. says:

    So I read this book for the second time to try to give it another chance I just WANTED to like it so much The premise is something th

  6. says:

    SPOILER ALERTS THROUGHOUTI should throw it out there that I was so totally psyched to read this book I've had it

  7. says:

    Audioversion Two and a half stars The story apparently sprang from her blog about how she moved to inner city Oakland California and began growing her own food—moving uickly from fruits and vegetables to bees to meat birds and rabbits and finally to raising pigs—by suatting on a vacant inner city lot next to an apartment she rents I had some mixed feelings about this one The book is engaging and there is a part of Ca

  8. says:

    I absolutely loved this book The paralells between Novella's backyard city farm and my own rural spread are uncanny Both o

  9. says:

    I'm pretty surprised at how highly this book has been rated and how many impressive blurbs Michael Pollan NYT Book Review

  10. says:

    I haven't been very good at sleeping lately so for a while this is what I was reading in the middle of the night when I didn't want to think about anything or have any emotions It's about a lady in Oakland who has a garden and some bees and chickens and ducks and turkeys and rabbits and pigs Towards the end I realized she was giving away uite a bit of her eggs and honey and vegetables and I wondered if maybe I ought to be a genero

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