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Farm City The Education of an Urban Farmer

Farm City The Education of an Urban Farmer free read ç E-book, or Kindle E-pub 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 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 half of the book as is the charm in her descriptions of her neighbors her farming projects and even of the animals she keeps She begins with vegetables and fruit and bees then moves to birds rabbits and pigs There is much to like in this book but the last third of the book pig went to that place that I resent where a person s hunger is important than anything else and they forgive themselves violence as long as they respect the animal they kill The last third of the book was hard to read not just because of the detailed descriptions of butchery and gourmet meat preps but because the drooling obsession with fatty meat drowns any other concerns in the book Unless you live solely for salami the book becomes a boreI still enjoyed approximately 23 of the book but had to comment on the fact that Carpenter is weirdly uninformed and reactionary about people who concern themselves with animal rights I chose to sit through her gore to see what else she had to offer but it was clear she had nothing but disdain for anyone who would ever pass over pork While she went on and on about the flavor of her pigs I left a reasonably enjoyable book with a sour taste in my mouth

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Farm City The Education of an Urban Farmer free read ç E-book, or Kindle E-pub 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

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Farm City The Education of an Urban Farmer free read ç E-book, or Kindle E-pub 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. SPOILER ALERTS THROUGHOUTI should throw it out there that I was so totally psyched to read this book I ve had it on my to read list since I read a review of it in the Times or the Globe can t remember which two years ago I have lived most of my adult life in a manner that keeps me from growing as much food as I would like and the premise of this book compelled me It s the story of the author s move to inner city Oakland in order to farm a vacant lot next door to her apartment and all the wacky stories that happen along the wayI started out really liking the book and gradually found myself disliking it and The book is divided into three sections Turkey Rabbit and Pig as one might expect each chapter is about her farming of that specific animal As you can imagine the animals range from least to most outlandish agricultural choices for city lifeI really started to dislike the author when she bought two turkeys As a breed turkeys thrive in flocks they do not enjoy solitary life I found myself even frowny faced when her female turkey died and she didn t get another hen to replace it The tom was clearly miserable for the rest of his life and probably never had it so great to begin with I found it to be pretty hypocritical of the author to be all about giving her animals the best lives possible before killing and eating them when she didn t even bother to ensure that her turkeys would have such lives Did I mention that the female turkey died because it flew over her relatively low razor wire fence and was immediately ripped to shreds by a bunch of junkyard dogs that lived on the other side and that the author knew about both the fence and the dogs while she let her turkeys roam around in her yard That s a nice humane turkey raising operation you ve got there Novella CarpenterMy next big level of irritation came from the Rabbit section where the author repeatedly waxes poetic about raising rabbits and living some kind of bizarre romanticized version of French peasant life Let me tell you I m sure there was NOTHING awesome for a French peasant woman than being a peasant Serfdom is so fun Perhaps I am wrong and she is romanticizing the lives of French peasant Fascists in the 1920 s and 30 s Clearly those were some fun times for all involved partiesWhen not obsessing over picking and choosing certain aspects of French peasantry to claim as her own Novella is picking and choosing certain aspects of urban life the same way Soon after farming the empty lot next door its owner attempted to sell the land for condo building Novella is shocked and aghast that someone would 1 tear down her beautiful garden and 2 want to live there It never occurs to her that her white face is the reason why someone would want to live there she is actively gentrifying an inner city neighborhood populated mostly by people of color She doesn t mention this a lot until the end of the book when the neighborhood s gentrification has spun far beyond what she has contributed to it I guess because then she can get off without accepting any responsibility for it She only directly mentions gentrification once before the end of the book Some might argue I had been causing a bit of gentrification myself But my pigs and their odors had put a stop to that On the other hand some might argue that she was exploiting life in a neighborhood that the cops and code enforcement don t give a shit about so that she could raise pigs without anyone getting up in her grill about it without actively contributing much of value to the neighborhood only raising the rents and eventually displacing the original residentsNovella is uick to talk about her work with the Oakland chapter of the new Black Panthers she gives them crops from her garden But she also seems to be annoying the shit out of her neighbors throughout She invites the neighborhood kids over to meet the animals only to kill them soon after surely traumatizing the kids She clearly wants to expose them to the realities of where their dinner comes from but is a really shitty way to do it I the reviewer am the daughter of a third generation recreational hog farmer I was raised to understand where food comes from I saw it up close and personal throughout my childhood I get that my childhood experience is relatively uniue but come on You can t force this stuff on kids like thatSpeaking of coming from a long line of hog farmers I found myself appalled by Novella s idiotic methods of hog farming She calls it pig farming but let s be serious pigs weigh 120 pounds or less These suckers are big ass mean hogs Have you ever come up close and personal with a hog Much like the Wu Tang Clan hogs ain t nothin to fuck with They will bite your hand and then they will eat the fingers that came off in their mouth When I was a kid I was told time and time again to stay the fuck away from any hogs that came around they can and will eat children if given the opportunity Pigs will eat anything and they constantly crave protein Novella lets her hogs run well hog wild all over her neighborhood full of children This was the part where I pretty much threw the book across my bedroom in disgust on every page She seems to think that it s uaint and cute that her pigs keep escaping It s not It s ridiculously dangerousHer incredibly patient next door neighbors complain about the pig stench a stench which is indeed horrific saying that it is leaving their young daughter on the verge of vomiting and Novella merely offers to give them some pork chops once they re butchered She probably knows that the neighbors could call the cops a hundred times and they d never come to her dangerous neighborhood and take the hogs away She also probably knows that there s a good chance that her neighbors are afraid to call the cops because they re immigrants This is why she s farming in the inner city rather than in a hipper neighborhood It s not merely because of the low cost of living she s enjoying it s because she can exploit the shit out of all of the poor immigrants around her without worrying about any repercussions She might not consciously realize this but it s clear after reading the bookNovella talks over and over again about wanting to have a farmer s life without having to give up the positive aspects of city life I know a lot of farmers who would scoff at Novella calling herself a farmer She is probably farming about a half acre or so if even and she is doing it the expense of the sanity and in some cases safety of all who live around her She speaks constantly about the community in her neighborhood but she never checks in with any of the parents around to see if they mind having child hungry hogs roaming around the neighborhood Of course she doesn t have to the city cares about these kids even less than she does Convenient for Novella noIn a lot of ways I really liked this book I appreciate the author s commitment to growing her own food to knowing where everything she eats comes from and to have a hand in all of it She is a fantastic writer and thoroughly researched her book That said I can t help but think that she s kind of an asshole for all of the reasons I outlined above There are ways to farm hogs in the city without doing it the way she does she could move to a city like Detroit Memphis or New Orleans with lots of urban acreage to suat although none of those cities are as fabulously cool as SF so she probably wouldn t dare rather than doing it in such closely confined uarters All I know is that if she lived next door to me in her neighborhood I d shoot her pigs in the head myself And I m a vegetarian