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Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

In conversation with Evan Kleiman, renowned cookbook author and chef
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Episode Summary

Urban and rural collide in this wry, inspiring memoir of a woman who turned a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a thriving farm.

Participant(s) Bio

A child of back-to-the-land hippies, Novella Carpenter grew up in rural Idaho and Washington State. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle, majoring in Biology and English. Past careers include: assassin bug handler, book editor, media projectionist, hamster oocyte collector, and most recently, free-lance journalist. Carpenter studied under Michael Pollan at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism for two years. Her subsequent journalistic work reflects her interests-in farming, food, the environment, and culture. As an Urban Farmer, Carpenter has been cultivating the city for over ten years now, starting with a few chickens, then some bees, until she had a full-blown farm near downtown Oakland.


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