Farm City

August 7, 2009

When I started this blog a few weeks ago I got distracted by a book…a really good book.  While filing through google images for a shot for the header (thank you, Katie , for saving me from iStock) my gardening girlfriend set me this link.  Unlikely Farmers Make a Homestead in the Hood

Key phrases from the NPR article:
………. initially drawn to their Oakland, Calif., apartment because of the ravaged empty lot that sat next door……….Carpenter started off by planting vegetables in that weedy lot, soon acquired honeybees, then chickens, turkeys and rabbits…..Carpenter’s prosciutto is about as hyperlocal, organic and sustainable as a ham can get [PROSCIUTTO!?!?]…Her book begins, “I have a farm on a dead-end street in the ghetto.”

ME TOO!!  Ok, not quite.  I’m helping start a farm in an old parking lot behind a community building on 15th.  Right now, we have exactly 12 chickens,  5 pounds of zucchini (a day) and 45 green tomatoes.  FunkTownFarm has its own blog, but lets just say, Farm City is a must read for any gardener in Oakland.  It’s also a must visit, check out her blog for currently schedule tours of the farm.

Needless to say I was at Walden Pond Books by 6pm that evening purchasing their only copy.

farm_city_200Farm City is witty, endearing, agriculturally accurate,culturally relevant and most amazingly, true.  Pushing the boundaries of slow food right here in Oakland, Carpenter takes the time tell a graceful yet comical story of engaging neighbors, dumpsters, animals and the occasional slaughter house in the production of good food.  When you finish it, do not let this one sit on your shelf.  Share the love.