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Novella Carpenter on Urban Farming
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Novella Carpenter on Urban Farming



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Urban Farming: One Woman's Story

A Lecture by Novella Carpenter
Monday, April 1 | 5:30 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Lecture 
USF, Presidio Campus

Novella Carpenter will share the story of her urban farm in downtown Oakland, which has featured throughout the years, turkeys, bees, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, pigs, and goats. Her misadventures in squat farming inspired the New York Times to call her book, "easily the funniest, weirdest, most perversely provocative gardening book I've ever read. I couldn't put it down."

In addition to reading from her book, and revealing the evolution of her farm and her lessons learned, Carpenter will discuss how urban farming can tap into the urban waste stream, making it even more sustainable.

Novella Carpenter is the author of the best-selling memoir, Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer. She earned her masters degree from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where she studied with Michael Pollan.

Life in the Presidio: 1776 - 1848

A Lecture by Greg Pabst 

MONDAY, MARCH 4 6PM-7PM @ USF's Presidio Building 

Most Northern Californians know of the US military history of San Francisco's Presidio, but there is an earlier history - Spanish, Mexican and American - that begs to have its story told. Join us to hear the typically "Californio" story of one branch of the Family Bernal who, like many others, triumphed over poverty and peonage to become owners, for a while at least, of more land in San Francisco than the Presidio itself.