A couple of books I have read recently can be found through the Fraser Valley Regional Library.
“Farm City” by Novella Carpenter tells the story of Novella’s journey of farming, with help from her boyfriend, on an abandoned inner-city lot in California. Novella raised bees, poultry and even pigs in the desire for such staples as honey, eggs and home-raised meat.
I really enjoyed this well-crafted book, and conntected with the transforming role a garden and farm can play in one’s neighborhood, especially with children or those who are disconnected with where their food comes from.
I found myself cheering Novella along through her trials and tribulations, surprises and challenges. I was disappointed when something didn’t work out as she had hoped. If you are in need of a good story, an inspiring read, pick up this book.
I read “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan after Carpenter’s “Farm City.” It is a ‘heavier’ book with more numbers, stats and information. Even so, it was engaging.
After a section devoted to how we got into “nutritionism,” the instructions on the cover to “eat food. mostly plants. and not too much” are fleshed out.
As a farmer, I really appreciated this book because it is an advocate for food – as opposed to ‘food like substances’ – processed items found in tins, boxes and packages.
If you would like encouragement and motivation for a healthier way of eating or would like to understand more how North America has gotten into the state it is (diet-obsessed, yet most overweight country), pick up this book.