Carpenter speaking at Hayward Public Library in October 2014
|Occupation||Journalist, Urban Farmer|
|Notable works||- Don't Jump! The Northwest Winter Blues Survival Guide (2002)
- Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer (2009)
- The Essential Urban Farmer (2011)
- Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild (2014)
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, and it was the 2014 selection of the Marin County Free Library, City Public Libraries of Marin County and Dominican University of California "One Book One Marin" reading program.
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 by Penguin Press on December 27, 2011. A memoir, Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild, released on June 12, 2014, also by Penguin Press, was selected as a Library Journal Best Book of 2014 and a Northern California Book Award Nominee for Best Creative Nonfiction of 2014.
- 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.
- One Book One Marin: 2014 Selection: Farm City by Novella Carpenter, http://www.onebookonemarin.org/, accessed 2 May 2014.
- "Farm City, Novella Carpenter, (9781594202216) Hardcover - Barnes & Noble". Search.barnesandnoble.com. Retrieved 2011-04-01.
- Goodreads.com: Community Reviews: "Don't Jump!: The Northwest Winter Blues Survival Guide'", Seattle, Wash.: Sasquatch Books, 2002, ISBN 1-57061-266-8, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/685542.Don_t_Jump_, accessed 5 Jan 2014.
- Kuruvila, Matthai (2011-03-31). "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.
- Goodreads.com: Community Reviews: The Essential Urban Farmer, Penguin Press, ISBN 978-0-14-311871-8, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12868467-the-essential-urban-farmer, accessed 5 Jan 2014.
- 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.
- Penguin Press: Summary of Gone Feral, release date June 12, 2014, 240 pp., ISBN 9781594204432, http://www.us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/1,,9781594204432,00.html, accessed 5 Jan 2014.
- Praise for Novella Carpenter's "Gone Feral", https://books.google.com/books?id=ckJJAgAAQBAJ&pg=PT1&lpg=PT1&dq=Novella+Carpenter+Gone+Feral+%22Library+Journal%22&source=bl&ots=6z_WDAWhAn&sig=dABA8OJtbglWxNnZ6srX1hBqM6U&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwik1emXwZDKAhVL7SYKHTPCCPMQ6AEIMTAD#v=onepage&q=Novella%20Carpenter%20Gone%20Feral%20%22Library%20Journal%22&f=false, accessed December 30, 2015.
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