Urban farmer bringing her story to Ozarks

Release Date: 2/1/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- Journalist, author and "urban farmer" Novella Carpenter will speak at University of the Ozarks at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13, as part of the university's 2010-2011 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.

The event will be held in the Walton Fine Arts Center and tickets are $10 each.

Carpenter is the author of “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer.”For more than 10 years, she has been farming in downtown Oakland, Calif., raising and living off of her own rabbits, chickens, bees, fruits, and vegetables. Her 2009 memoir is one of the most popular books on practical, sustainable living. Engaging and lively, it is a funny and frank look at what it means to live off the land while living a contemporary city life. A critic at the New York Times described “Farm City” as “easily the funniest, weirdest, most perversely provocative gardening book I’ve ever read.”

Carpenter grew up in rural Idaho and Washington State. She majored in biology and English at the University of Washington in Seattle. She then went on to earn a degree from California-Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. The journalist-farmer’s experiment in city food production started with a small garden and honeybees, then escalated to chickens, turkeys, rabbits and goats.

For more information on the event or the Walton Arts & Ideas Series, please call the university’s Humanities and Fine Arts Division at 479-979-1346.