Thursday, March 10, 2011

novella's little farm in the city

24 Comments:

Blogger jenomnibus said...

What an interesting video! I love how down-to-earth and matter of fact she is about the processes and her experience.

March 10, 2011 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Little Terraced House said...

What a brilliant video, thanks for showing us Jenna !

Babs

March 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this Novella Carpenter of "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer"? (at work can't watch video-- might say in there). I loved her book-- very inspiring and like your book, made me feel like I can take at least a few ideas and incorporate them in my own lifestyle!

March 10, 2011 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

have you read Farm City? Great book; she's a good story teller with an interesting story. I've been following her blog for awhile, although she doesn't post so often anymore. But I did learn from it that the lot on which she was squatting her garden came up for sale- the owner couldn't sell it and and approached her to see it she wanted to buy it, so she did! She rents the house next door to it. Kind of like you and your start to farming....

March 10, 2011 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

A friend recommended Novella's book because I was raising rabbits and chickens in the suburbs and at the time I bought her book online I bought your book too.

Novella is a scream. She lives about 20 minutes away and I have had the chance to meet her several times and have purchased veggies and her goat cheese.

Update: She actually bought the lot she farmed and has a small parcel, a couple acres, in San Leandro she is also farming. The goats and most animals are at the place in San Leandro.

I would have never thought a couple years ago that from "farming" here in my backyard that I would have the opportunity to do this on a bigger scale but I am headed to Oklahoma to raise grass fed/finished cattle and set in a garden to tackle this on a bigger scale. Reading your book and following your blog has inspired me to dream big. And as you know dreams do come true. By the way I am in my late 50s so it is never too late.

So THANKS so much for your inspiration.

March 10, 2011 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Georgia said...

I LOVED her book.

March 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I read her book recently... actually I listened to the audiobook. It was neat to see the things I had imagined! You should check it out!

March 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Mimi's Tapawingo said...

She is truly a woman's woman. We need more of her kind in this world.

March 10, 2011 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I did read it, and I'm thrilled to know she bought the lot!!!

March 10, 2011 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Wonderful! After watching Novella's video, I just kept watching and watching others. Couldn't get enough. I didn't realize these were on youtube. Thanks Jenna.

March 10, 2011 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

What a fun video. Thanks so much for sharing your urban farm. I've read your book and loved it.

March 10, 2011 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Oops, sorry, Jenna, I thought the video was of YOUR place. I've read both your book and Novella's. I love reading about homesteading-type stuff. We've just gotten into the gardening/canning, no animals yet. Thanks for sharing this.

March 10, 2011 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I LOVED Novella's book. I listened to it on CD while cooking or feeding the baby. Entertaining, educational, and fun. This video sort of added to that experience.

Her pig experience turns me off to the whole idea, while yours sounds amazing and makes me want to try. Different points of view for sure.

Throughly enjoyed!

March 10, 2011 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I hadn't heard of Novella or ever ran across her in my online searches. I will definitely have to find her book. Thanks for sharing the video and introducing me to another strong woman who is putting her thoughts and ideas into action.

March 11, 2011 at 12:30 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Awesome!! Thanks so much for posting that video. I read Novella's book last year and was impressed. It was interesting to hear about someone doing the urban homestead thing who is totally not the peace child hippy type, living in the "nice" part of town.

March 11, 2011 at 1:44 AM  
Blogger karen said...

Jenna-I just finished watching this video and then went to your blog as I do every morning and here it is! I discovered Novella's blog last night and had been catching up on past posts. Very interesting stuff. She had a post about killing and eating your own food that made me think of your posts. Karen from CT

March 11, 2011 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

My husband and I watched the video and laughed all the way through it. We are urban homesteaders here in Atlanta and can SO relate to Novella. The part about the opossum is exactly what has happened to us -- more than once and with more than one predator. I am sworn to secrecy by my children regarding the hawk invasion of our chicken coop. After it was over, my 17 year son got in my face and said with his finger wagging "NO GOATS!". Apparently, I have a reputation for just jumping in whole hog. Including the pig, which we are still eating out of the freezer is AMAZING. Thanks, Jenna for showing my kids that there are other 'crazies' out there other than their mother.

March 11, 2011 at 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it. I had to giggle at her dumpster diving for critter food! Talk about cheap feed!

March 11, 2011 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

How cool is that! Thank you for sharing! Another inspiration that it doesn't have to break the bank, nor do you have to have a fancy setup to have some success in growing your own food.

March 11, 2011 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

That was great Jenna. Thanks & have a great day. Can't wait for the lambs.
Odie

March 11, 2011 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger bucolic beauty said...

I thoroughly enjoyed that video. Thank you. And I completely agree about swiss chard. We planted our last summer and it's still plugging along.

March 11, 2011 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

Good on her for persevering in such a run-down place and making her own little bit of heaven. Very inspiring.

March 12, 2011 at 2:56 AM  
Blogger 6512 and growing said...

Loved this! Thank you.

March 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger jen said...

OMG, I LOVE her. Wow. So inspiring. And I love the part about the fish with the guts in their mouths..."GROSS!"

March 20, 2011 at 7:56 PM  

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