|Occupation||Journalist, Urban Farmer|
|Notable work(s)||- Don't Jump! The Northwest Winter Blues Survival Guide (2002)
- Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer (2009)
- The Essential Urban Farmer (2011)
Novella Carpenter is the author of the 2009 memoir Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer. The book describes her extensive garden in Ghost Town, a run-down neighborhood about a mile from downtown Oakland, California. Farm City was listed by some reviewers as one of the top books of 2009.
Carpenter studied biology and English at the University of Washington and graduated from the School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley where she studied with Michael Pollan. She has written for Mother Jones, Salon and SF Gate. She is also the co-author (with Traci Vogel) of Don't Jump! The Northwest Winter Blues Survival Guide, published in 2002 by Sasquatch Books.
In March 2011, the City of Oakland told Carpenter she would have to close her Ghost Town Farm because she was selling excess produce without a permit. In April 2011, after an extensive debate that prompted officials' review of the city's policies regarding urban farming, Carpenter was granted a Minor Conditional Use Permit for her 4,500-square-foot urban residential plot, allowing her to keep more than 40 animals, including ducks, chickens, rabbits, pigs, and goats.
Carpenter's "how-to" guide for urban farmers, The Essential Urban Farmer, co-authored with Willow Rosenthal, was released on December 27, 2011. As of early 2013, a new memoir, Going Feral, was in production.
- Garner, Dwight (2009-06-12). "Living Off the Land, Surrounded by Asphalt". The New York Times.
- "Best Books of 2009: The Complete List". NPR. 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
- "Dwight Garner's Top 10 Books of 2009 - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
- "Farm City, Novella Carpenter, (9781594202216) Hardcover - Barnes & Noble". Search.barnesandnoble.com. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
- Traci Vogel and Novella Carpenter. 2002. Don't Jump! The Northwest Winter Blues Survival Guide. Seattle, Wash.: Sasquatch Books, 2002, ISBN 1-57061-266-8 / 1-57061-266-8.
- Kuruvila, Matthai. "Oakland gardener questions need for permit to sell produce". Sfgate.com. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
- Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer: "Oakland urban farming prompts plan to redo rules", The San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-urban-farming-prompts-plan-to-redo-rules-2372083.php, Published 4:00 am, Sunday, May 8, 2011.
- James McWilliams: Backyard Butchery in the City, http://james-mcwilliams.com/?tag=novella-carpenter, June 7th, 2012.
- The Essential Urban Farmer, Penguin, ISBN 978-0-14-311871-8, http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Urban-Farmer-Novella-Carpenter/dp/0143118714/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_, accessed Nov. 25, 2011.
- Mark Storer: "Author Novella Carpenter explains in Camarillo how she took up farming", Ventura County Star, http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/mar/24/author-explains-how-she-took-up-farming/, posted March 24, 2013.
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