Books Farm City The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter Hardcover, 276 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $25.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleFarm CitySubtitleThe Education of an Urban FarmerAuthorNovella Carpenter Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary Chronicles the adventures of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving urban farm, complete with chickens, turkey, bees, and pigs. Genres: Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Farm City iStockPhoto.com Best Books Of 2009 2009's Crop Of Great Gardening Books December 17, 2009 From an anti-lawn manifesto, to "sophisticated plant porn at its finest," Ketzel Levine shares this year's yield of great gardening books. She finds that geeky plant lust is officially outre, and memoirs of urban homesteads of produce and poultry are a budding new genre. Excerpts: Best Books 2009 Excerpt: 'Farm City' December 16, 2009 Novella Carpenter's Farm City is a cheeky manifesto on homesteading. She farms in Oakland, Calif., "on a dead-end street in the ghetto." Her field of dreams is the vacant lot next door. Carpenter's addictive prose is wickedly irreverent and unabashedly big-hearted. The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books Unlikely Farmers Make A Homestead In The Hood July 22, 2009 Novella Carpenter, attracted to a rural lifestyle but not rural solitude, sets out to raise food — everything from pumpkins to pigs — in the ghetto. Her very funny account in Farm Cityis never preachy, yet inspires.