Monday, March 29, 2010

Tour Of Ghost Town Farm

We really enjoyed our tour of Ghost Town Farm yesterday in Oakland, CA. Novella Carpenter is author of Farm City. A story of an urban farmer. She is just that and more and her book is a wonderful read for any home gardener/farmer or anyone alike.  The kids really enjoyed seeing her bee colony in action and the bunnies too. What a great way to end the weekend. Here are some reviews from her book Farm City. Pick up a copy today!    

"Animals run through this book like messy toddlers at a busy playground, and Ms. Carpenter names and adores just about all of them. The bustle is invigorating. But she is raising most of them as meat animals and sees no contradiction in loving them and, ultimately, seeing them — as painlessly and humanely as possible —to their ends. There is gallows humor here. She dispatches a duck in her bathtub and notes that it “went from being a happy camper to a being a headless camper.” 

"Novella Carpenter started off with a few chickens and a raised bed or two. A beehive, a turkey, ducks, geese, rabbits, and, eventually, pigs joined her farm in Oakland, California. Along the way she learned about animal husbandry, her neighbors, and herself. Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer is her account of GhostTown Farm – why she started raising her own food and how she did it in what is often thought of as one of the worst neighborhoods in a very urban city"


"In this utterly enchanting book, food writer Carpenter chronicles with grace and generosity her experiences as an 'urban farmer.' With her boyfriend Bill's help, her squatter's vegetable garden in one of the worst parts of the Bay Area evolved into further adventures in bee and poultry keeping in the desire for such staples as home-harvested honey, eggs and home-raised meat. The built-in difficulties also required dealing with the expected noise and mess as well as interference both human and animal"


From Ghost Town Farm



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