Novella Carpenter Brings Urban Farming to Kalamazoo

Apr 2/, 2014 04:18:54 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

Farming is not the typical occupation for most urbanites – unless you’re Novella Carpenter! Hear how she converted her ramshackle, weed-choked backyard in inner-city Oakland into an efficient farm complete with veggies, turkeys, ducks and pigs. Her memoir, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer is a true-life testament to the possibilities of a self-sustaining lifestyle. 

Meet Novella Carpenter!
Date: Tuesday, April 15
Time: 7 pm
Location: Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium

Novella will speak about her best-selling novel, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer and answer questions from the audience. The event will be followed by a book signing. Michigan News Agency will sell copies of Farm City at the event.

Novella will also be visiting Kalamazoo College’s Light Fine Arts Building on Wednesday, April 16 at 1:15 pm. Join students, including some for whom Farm City is required reading, to hear Novella’s thoughts on how human beings are connected to the natural world.

Novella Carpenter studied under Michael Pollan at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and now teaches at University of San Francisco. A popular speaker, she has traveled all over the country sharing her experiences raising chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, and bees in the lovable, but gritty city of Oakland, CA. Her new book, Gone Feral, will be published by The Penguin Press in June, 2014.

This Meet the Author event concludes the 2014 Reading Together program. Reading Together is a community-wide book club led by Kalamazoo Public Library. For more information, visit

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