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Book Title: Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 659 KB
v The author of the book: Novella Carpenter
Edition: Penguin Press
Date of issue: June 11th 2009
ISBN 13: 9781594202216
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Read full description of the books Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer: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 pitch?
Her endeavors are refreshing, although I believe a lot more 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 more locally, that more diverse farm production is healthier, and that it's good for people to know more 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.
Read information about the authorNovella 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 urban farm began with a few chickens, then some bees, until she had a full-blown farm near downtown Oakland.
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