Reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and lecture starts at 6 p.m.
Novella Carpenter will share the story of her urban farm in downtown Oakland, which has featured turkeys, bees, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, and goats throughout the years. Her misadventures in squat farming inspired the New York Times to call her book “easily the funniest, weirdest, most perversely provocative gardening book I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down.” In addition to reading from her book and revealing the evolution of her farm and her lessons learned, Carpenter will discuss how urban farming can tap into the urban waste stream, making it even more sustainable.
Novella Carpenter is the author of the best-selling memoir, Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer. She earned her master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied with Michael Pollan.