There are a number of books about people’s personal crusade to get back to nature, whether heading out to the wilds or bringing the farm into the urban setting. Novella Carpenter’s Farm City stands out for me because it is a stone’s throw from where I live.
It’s a cool book to read. You get a flavor for the neighborhood and the people who share, often with a healthy dose of skepticism, how Novella’s project grows. This is not a how-to book, though there is a lot that can be learned of what to do and what not to do. It’s her unabashed honesty that hooks you.
I was captivated for most of the book. It does seem that the emphasis of the book moved towards animal rearing which is not something that I, in my mostly veggie lifestyle, could relate to.
If you want to follow the progress of the little farm in the city, Ghost Town Farm is the name of Novella’s blog. Check it out.
Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at www.alonshalev.com