Hannibal Free Public Library
writer Novella Carpenter grew a squatter's
vegetable garden in one of the worst parts of
the Bay Area.
Her urban farming adventures evolved
into further adventures in bee and poultry
Success with a Thanksgiving turkey
spurred Carpenter to rabbitry and a
month-long plan to eat from her own garden.
A child of back-to-the-land hippies, the
author grew up in
1. Novella describes her neighborhood in
2. Why doesn’t she move to the country?
3. Is Novella’s farm really a farm?
4. Novella seems concerned about being called a hippie although she calls a number of other people in the book hippies. If she isn’t a hippie, what is she?
5. Have you ever squatted land?
6. Is it possible we will see this type of activity in our city?
7. Which animal is the most memorable?
8. How much of what Novella does would you be comfortable doing?
9. How much of what Novella does would you do if
you had to?
10. Why does Novella farm?