Novella Needs Help

I love Novella Carpenter.  I've never met her, I don't know her personally, but after reading her amazing account of turning an abandoned lot in a bad part of Oakland into a thriving little farm in her book, Farm City, I felt like I knew her.

Well, Novella's in trouble.  If you've been following the saga in the blogs, I'll spare you the details, but basically the city of Oakland is slapping her with a fine for unauthorized use of her land and she needs to purchase a $2500 permit in order to sell her produce, or face shutting down the farm.  With about $2500 being the amount that she makes in a year of selling her surplus in a pop-up stand, you can see the conundrum.  You can read the whole story on her blog here, and if you've got a few extra bucks that you can spare via PayPal, I'm sure it would be appreciated.

Novella is a hero to me, and she's been a source of inspiration to countless thousands of others just like me.  If I can help in any way, you can be damn sure that I will.


  1. I was able to go meet Novella at her last pop up farm stand/fundraiser she had a few months ago. She was as cool as you would think she is. Your blog is great and I love all the beautiful photos. I am hopeful for a boutiful crop this year, but like you, just getting my hands dirty is making me happy. Blessings in your garden!

  2. I think I will have to read this one! Thanks for the recommendation!