Do you ever look into your backyard or a vacant lot and think about what could grow there? Around the City, lots of people are trying their hand at urban farming.
Farm City is Novella Carpenter's story of transforming a vacant lot in downtown Oakland into a small farm. She begins with vegetables and chickens but progresses quickly to ducks, rabbits and even pigs. The book may inspire you to try a farming project of your own, and/or serve as a cautionary tale about what can happen when you push your project a little too far.
Farm City is a fun read - even if you never pick up a shovel yourself.
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