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Farm City - The Education of an Urban Farmer

Novella Carpenter

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 and 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 300-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 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 or tomatoes on their fire escape, or who has 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

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 and 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 300-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 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 or tomatoes on their fire escape, or who has 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
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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 and 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 300-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 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 or tomatoes on their fire escape, or who has 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

Language:

English

Narrators:

Karen White

Length:

9h 54m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:34


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

33:45


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

16:32


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

32:38


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

30:28


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

22:49


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

20:58


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

06:42


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

18:55


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

13:12


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

17:10


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

06:41


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

16:04


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

08:21


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

16:43


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

11:50


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

13:39


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

08:20


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

15:07


Part 2, Chapter 19
Part 2, Chapter 19

09:39


Part 2, Chapter 20
Part 2, Chapter 20

11:51


Part 2, Chapter 21
Part 2, Chapter 21

11:03


Part 2, Chapter 22
Part 2, Chapter 22

08:19


Part 2, Chapter 23
Part 2, Chapter 23

12:50


Part 2, Chapter 24
Part 2, Chapter 24

07:22


Part 2, Chapter 25
Part 2, Chapter 25

15:34


Part 2, Chapter 26
Part 2, Chapter 26

01:01


Part 2, Chapter 27
Part 2, Chapter 27

06:11


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

09:36


Part 3, Chapter 29
Part 3, Chapter 29

31:08


Part 3, Chapter 30
Part 3, Chapter 30

25:27


Part 3, Chapter 31
Part 3, Chapter 31

19:45


Part 3, Chapter 32
Part 3, Chapter 32

39:39


Part 3, Chapter 33
Part 3, Chapter 33

51:11


Part 3, Chapter 34
Part 3, Chapter 34

10:01


Part 3, Chapter 35
Part 3, Chapter 35

09:17


Part 3, Chapter 36
Part 3, Chapter 36

04:13


Part 3, Chapter 37
Part 3, Chapter 37

00:24