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Farm City by Novella Carpenter
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Jan 07, 2011

it was ok
Read in January, 2011

So, I read this book for the second time to try to give it another chance. I just WANTED to like it so much. The premise is something that is near and dear to my heart as I want to move from a heavy gardener to someone who is very deeply rooted in the farming scene. I grew up in a farming community and now live in the city, so shouldn't this book be right up my alley? The second try has confirmed, I hate this book. Maybe hate is a strong word, but who the hell told Novella to end her chapters with those cheesy one liners? Who advised her to consistently try to define herself throughout the book by putting others down? I wanted to feel she is a genuine and funny person, but I literally said "UGHHHHH!!!!" out loud on the subway during various parts. The first time I suffered through this book, I read it aloud with my boyfriend and would sometimes pause and say, "no really, I cannot read this next line I just can't." On that basis alone I thought it would be entertaining to give it another try, especially after seeing so many high recommendations from people that I respect.

Do yourself a favor and read Animal, Vegetable Miracle instead. There was not one part of Farm City that got me as stoked and motivated to grow, harvest and share my food as much as AVM, which honestly changed the entire scope of the way I eat and look at food production. Plus I finished that book LIKING the author.
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gina I'm in the midst of reading it right now, and was glad to find a non "OMG I LUV IT!" review (gag). I am growing very tired of Novella patting herself on the back for "squatting" when she has FULL permission to be on the lot. Really.

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