Novella Carpenter spent the first few years of her life on an Idaho ranch with her back to the land parents, seeing what that kind of isolation can do to a relationship. She shakes her head, mystified, when city friends muse longingly about their dream of a perfect place in the country. But at the same time she loves the idea of growing her own food. So when she and her boyfriend move to a gritty neighbourhood in Oakland she starts up a garden in the abandoned lot next door. At GhostTown Farm she grows her own vegetables and expands to include honeybees, chickens, ducks, turkeys, rabbits and eventually a couple of pigs. She gains a true and deep respect for the food she eats. Her book Farm City is a wonderful chronicle of her urban farm experience. She proves you can enjoy homegrown food while enjoying the city life at the same time.