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.