Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Your Call 070109 What happens when rural and urban collide?

What happens when rural and urban collide? On the next Your Call we'll speak with Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. Carpenter bought a dilapidated house next to a vacant lot in West Oakland and converted the open space into an urban homestead with chickens, goats, rabbits, pigs, two turkeys named Harold and Maude and a vegetable garden, all in a neighborhood without a supermarket. We'll take your emails at and your questions live at 11 a.m. Could a city really feed itself? It's Your Call with Sandip Roy and you.

Novella Carpenter in San Francisco
Author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer and proprietor of Ghost Town Farm, an urban farm in West Oakland

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Angelica said...

Thanks so much...really enjoyed this show. I grew up in the suburbs in Melbourne, Australia and was obsessed with backyard self-sufficiency as a kid. I had my own compost heap, veggie patch and a passionfruit vine that produced hundreds of fruits.

Unfortunately, since then I've lived mainly in apartments. But if I return to the states (or anywhere) and start living anywhere where I have the space, I would love to start keeping chickens like Novella.

A production note: I am a podcast listener in Taiwan, and I think Your Call could really improve the listener experience by cutting out stuff that's not part of the show from the podcast, such as the snippets of BBC news I heard on this show. I don't always listen to the broadcasts right away, so the news might no longer be timely.

Sharon said...

Just wanted everyone to know that the book Novella Carpenter mentioned on the evolution and history of urban gardening, CITY BOUNTIFUL, is authored by Laura J. Lawson and published by University of California Press, Berkeley. Great show, but it would have been interesting if the question of race and the history of African-Americans and agriculture were broached. What are the racial the cultural barriers to bringing the farm to the inner-city given that history?