Farm City

Farm City

The Education of an Urban Farmer

Format
Paperback
Price
$17.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143117285
  • 288 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

“One of New York Times Top 10 Books of 2009” (Dwight Garner)

"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

When Novella Carpenter–captivated by the idea of backyard self-sufficiency as the daughter of two back-to-the-earth hippies–moves to a ramshackle house in inner-city Oakland and discovers a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door, she closes her eyes and pictures heirloom tomatoes, a beehive, and a chicken coop.

What starts out as a few egg-laying chickens leads to turkeys, geese, and ducks. And not long after, along came two 300-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals aren’t pets. Novella is raising these animals for dinner.

An unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmer’s tips, and a great deal of heart, Farm City offers a beautiful mediation on what we give up to live the way we do today.

Praise

"Easily the funniest, weirdest, most perversely provocative gardening book I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down… The writing soars." –The New York Times Book Review

"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




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