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Food for Thought Book Club
Apr 1 2015 /6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
In partnership with the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, the INWFN presents a monthly book club open to anyone interested in food and all things food-related. April’s book is Farm City:The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter. Copies of the book can be reserved at the Library, or purchased at the Well-Read Moose.
Novella Carpenter her auto mechanic boyfriend move to a ramshackle house in inner-city Oakland . There she discovers a weed-choked, garbage-strewn abandoned lot next door, and is captivated by the idea of backyard self-sufficiency.
What starts out as a few egg-laying chickens leads to turkeys, geese, and ducks. And not long after, along came two 300-pound pigs. And no, these charming and eccentric animals aren’t pets. Novella is raising these animals for dinner.
The book describes her extensive garden in Ghost Town, a run- down neighborhood a mile from downtown Oakland, California. Ms. Carpenter is not a pampered girl or a trust baby; in fact she has a beautifully cranky side and can drink and swear like a sailor.
Her writing is very, very funny. She won’t kill the slugs that have wrecked her garden, as some people propose, by drowning them in Budweiser, because “this seemed suspiciously close to buying the slugs a beer, which was more generous than I felt.”
An unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmer’s tips, and a great deal of heart, Farm City offers a beautiful mediation on what we give up to live the way we do today.