I found this audio book while I was scanning the books on CD section of the library. As I do with books, I was waiting for one to “call” to me; to draw my attention and create a spark of intrigue. It didn’t take long after my eyes fell upon Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter that my literary flame was ignited.
This book was phenomenal, and I don’t mean that lightly. IT. WAS. AMAZING. When I placed the first CD in my car’s audio player I expected the musings of some random city dweller turned honorary red-neck as they journeyed “back to the earth”. What I had the pleasure of hearing, instead, was an intimate and detailed education of our wayward connection to food, and the realization that I, too, could become an urban farmer with a little bit of land, some basic garden knowledge, and a hell of a lot of hard work.
The writing was fantastic and smart. The author knows how to explain scenarios using a combination of minute detail and messages of grandeur. This isn’t just a book about how to grow tomato plants in the city; this is a book about creating a food revolution. While there were gruesome details on how to kill chickens, turkeys, and rabbits that left me quite haunted and squeamish, the overall message was about re-connecting and respecting all that goes into our mouths. We have sadly become a culture where the majority don’t (or simply refuse) to stop and take stock of what is being consumed – most notably the suffering that occurs and the sacrifices that have been made in order to bring food to our plates. The author chose to collect this knowledge in order to seek a relationship with and an appreciation for all that graces her table. Her words not only made me look at food differently but also excited me to the possibility that I, too, can make an impact with a small space, limited resources, and lots of passion.
Next up on the book shelf: Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult