Novella Carpenter on her experience moving to a ramshackle house in Oakland, California, and turning a weed-choked, garbage-strewn lot next door into a small farm, complete with egg-laying chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, rabbits, and two three-hundred-pound pigs. Her memoir, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer is both a cautionary tale and a call to action.
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