Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

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“One in all 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, creator of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Rules

When Novella Chippie–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 couple of egg-laying chickens ends up in 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 quite a lot of heart, Farm City offers a wonderful mediation on what we surrender to live the best way we do lately.


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