A little TOO much information regarding raising livestock and transformation from animal to edible. Performance was very good, overall. Love the idea of urban farming, so overall this was inspirational, though my own interest is far more produce than animal raising.
This was a fantastic book. Both funny and just downright interesting. Of course, I'm a wanna-be farmer...so maybe I'm a little biased. The reader was wonderful as well.
I loved how real it was. The author seemed like a regular person, making her very relatable. I appreciated her honesty with her interests, struggles, triumphs, and learnings. She didn't filter unnecessarily- she described things as they were, with a healthy balance of humor, reality, and gratitude.
How the author related to us her realizations of a greater connectedness and cycle with living things, communities, and herself. You could tell she had a healthy respect for what she was doing and how it impacted the world around her.
I have not; this was an excellent first.
I live in a big city and am an avid supporter of farmers markets and community gardens. But until I read Farm City, the idea of people living in U.S. cities and subsisting only on what they manage to grow and raise themselves seemed to me to be tall tales right up there with Paul Bunyan. While I have no intention of raising chickens in my living room any time soon, I'm thrilled to know that such people are not myths. Novella Carpenter, with her honesty and sense of humor, gives a great tour of her life as an urban farmer, and Karen White provides a great narration.
As a listener/reader the same age as the author's parents and part of the mindset to "return to the land," but not successful either as her parents weren't, I could relate to the author's background. However, I would have loved to see my offspring grow up to be her. I loved every minute and every word of this book. I will probably listen to it numerous times. She makes no mention of the impending food crisis in our nation as farmers who try to live by farming all die off with no replacements, except for a few stalwarts like the author of this book. And, with the impending loss of cheap transport fuels, urban farms will be the only option for a viable food production system in the future.
This book should encourage more and more urban farms, including the raising of a pig. Modern research has shown that humans evolved our big brains from meat protein and cooking.
And, once you taste, "natural" meats and vegies, you won't go back to the shipped stuff unless you are indeed starving!