Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Last week I was browsing the new non-fiction section in the public library and a book about urban farming caught my eye. At first glance, I thought it was going to be a how-to book about planting your very own vegetable garden on a roof top or balcony. Instead, it's a story about writer Novella Carpenter's experience creating a fabulous garden on an abandoned patch of land behind her Oakland, CA apartment. Not only does she grow heirloom tomatoes and melons, but she's even taking a liking to raising her own chickens, turkeys other fowl as she fondly calls, "meat-birds."
Anyway, it's a really great book - not only about the toils of creating an urban oasis, but an interesting and often humorous account of the neighborhood and its people.