Farm City by Novella Carpenter

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Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer has been selected for the 2012 Summer Reading Program.

Novella Carpenter chronicles her efforts to live off the land on the fringes of an urban ghetto. Her efforts to have a sustainable source of food for herself–with some for friends and neighbors as well-- sends her down a path inspired by Henry Thoreau, Euell Gibbons and her mother. The experiment to eat exclusively from her urban squat farm tries her will and ingenuity while bolstering her spirit with a sense of connection with all around her.

Farm City will be provided to all incoming freshmen at Appalachian, and Novella Carpenter will speak to members of the campus community and others during Convocation in the Holmes Center on campus, September 6.. Carpenter also will participate in other discussions on campus and in the community, which will be announced at a later date.

About the Author
Novella Carpenter

Novella Carpenter grew up in rural Idaho and Washington State. She went to University of Washington in Seattle where she majored in Biology and English. She later studied under Michael Pollan at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism for two years. She's had many odd jobs including: assassin bug handler, book editor, media projectionist, hamster oocyte collector, and most recently, journalist. Her writing has appeared in,, (the SF Chronicle's website), and Mother Jones. She has been cultivating her farm in the city for over ten years now, and her neighbors still think she's crazy. It all started with a few chickens, then some bees, until she had a full-blown farm near downtown Oakland, where she lives today.

Supplemental Materials

August 28, 2012

  • 1:30 - Book Discussion of Farm City

September 6, 2012

  • 10:00 a.m. - Fall Convocation - Holmes Convocation Center, ASU
  • 2:00 p.m. - Q&A Panel Discussion with Faculty, Staff and Students - Calloway/Macrae Room (First Floor, Room 137), Plemmons Student Union, ASU)
  • 7:30 p.m. - Lecture and Book Signing - Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union (Sponsored by the Visiting Writers Series)

September 7, 2012

  • 10:30 a.m. - Reading and Book Signing - Watauga County Library, Boone (Sponsored by Watauga Reads!)