Novella Carpenter's book, Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer begins: "I have a farm on a dead-end street in the ghetto." Carpenter came to live in a gritty area of Oakland, CA after being raised by back to the land hippies in rural Idaho. Though she loved certain aspects of the country (fresh Jersey cow milk, fields of strawberries), Carpenter eventually became a city gal who loved to go to museums, rock clubs, and cafes. When she moved to an apartment next door to an abandoned lot, she had an idea to merge the city and country-life together, and began a small farm in the middle of the city. On the farmlette, she has raised turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, chickens, bees, pigs, and dairy goats. Her talk will cover how Carpenter came to recognize, through her urban farm, that growing food in the city has recently become a way of life in many parts of America.