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Farm City Comes to Carson City

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Novella Carpenter grew a garden against all odds. She grew it in an empty lot in Oakland, California, and after making it a success and getting neighbors on board with it she wrote a book about it. That book became New York Times Best Seller "Farm City" and the book that the Carson City Library is using as as part of it's summer reading program this year. 

Turns out that growing a garden in Oakland is a lot like growing anything in Nevada. Urban gardening and commercial farming face a lot of the same challenges.

"A harsh environment...water...and bureaucracy!" says Mark O'Farrell, who owns Hungry Mother Organics in Minden. "We all still face some of the same challenges and bureaucracy is something that I've fought trying to grow commercially Carson City and that some urban growers face too even with small operations."

Tammy Westergard recognized the tie and the possibility for a community conversation on gardening.

"We have more than 100 people reading the book Farm City right now," Westergard says. "And I'm hoping they'll all want to continue learning about the issues with farming this weekend."

The Carson City Library is hosting a community conversation for all those readers and for gardeners and for farmers in the area to compare notes on the book and on the issues. Mark O'Farrell with Hungry Mother Organics will be there and so will Novella Carpenter.  It's this Saturday at the Carson City Farmer's Market in downtown Carson City. It starts at 11:00. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Carson City Library and through their website at

Written by Erin Breen

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