recent reads

A couple of books I have read recently can be found through the Fraser Valley Regional Library.

Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

“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.

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

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.

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  1. Cara! Great reviews. You have me wanting to head out right now and pick up these books from the library!

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