Whoa, I think I went through a time warp and lost a couple of weeks. Springtime is a crazy season for any farmer, and I’ve been doing a lot of book-related travel, which has compounded the problem. Ghosttown Farm has gone pretty quiet, too, while I’ve been traveling to New York, and spending a week at primitive skills camp (which was mind-blowing, more on that later…). The rabbits are now at LaBrie Farm in San Lorenzo, which will most likely be a permanent change. The goats are still up north getting stud service, as no one has gone into heat yet. Here are some of Bebe and Ginger’s suitors.
In other farm news, the Muscovy ducklings arrived, and here they are in their duck car.
Problem with the duck car: the windows have to be cracked so it doesn’t get too hot in there, and one night we think a rat got in and killed three of the little guys. So tragic. The rats in the garden have gotten really aggressive ever since I stopped doing food waste composting out there, which was basically their breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So I’m guessing they smelled the ducks (and the duck food) and went into the car. I’m pretty bummed about the whole thing. So now the ducklings are over at Abeni’s house until they get big enough to bring back to my place. In the meantime, I’ve taken to setting rat traps and feel a bit Charbonneau when I go out to check my traps.
Besides that, the mad schedule continues! In the next few weeks, I’ll be at the following places:
May 11, 12:30
Ecotopia revisited: A conversation with Ernest Callenbach and Novella Carpenter
Join us for an on-stage conversation with Ernest Callenbach, author of the cult-classic, Ecotopia, and Novella Carpenter, an urban farmer and author of Farm City. With its vision of white bicycles, a creek running down Market Street and a female president, Ecotopia (dubbed “the novel that predicted Portland” by New York Times writer Scott Timberg) has gained renewed attention in recent years as urbanists and naturalists alike consider a dizzying array of strategies for living in a resource-constrained world. Where are we now, relative to Callenbach’s vision of the future?
654 Mission Street,
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
May 12, 6:30pm
CommonWealth Club, The Commonwealth Club is at 595 Market St. in SF, Second Floor
Panel Discussion with:
Jason Mark, Co-manager, Alemany Farm; Editor-in-Chief, Earth Island Journal
Novella Carpenter, Author, Farm City
Christopher Burley, Founder, Hayes Valley Farm
David Gavrich (aka The Goat Whisperer), Founder, City Grazing
Sarah Rich, Writer; Editor; Co-founder, The Foodprint Project; Co-author, Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century – Moderato
May 14, 5:30 PM Olympia Public Library, 313 8th Avenue SE, Oly, WA
May 15, Keynote Speaker, Write in the Woods, Shelton, WA 12:00; Reading and Paperback Release party at Sage Books, Shelton, WA
May 17th, 8 p.m, Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street, San Francisco
Porchlight Reading Series: The Last Taboo, Stories about Money
We wish for it, complain about it, lose it, watch it get burned up, and constantly agree it can’t buy us happiness or love. Oh, money! Tonight we will count the ways you taunt us!
Featuring stories from:
Journalist/Farmer Novella Carpenter
Columnist/Blogger Ramona Emerson
Public Health Entrepeneur David Grosof
Comedian/Actor David Moss
S.F. Bay Guardian Executive Editor Tim Redmond
Broadcast Producer/Professional Dilettante Jenn Suttlemyr
General admission tickets: $12. Buy tickets in advance here. Tickets may also be available at the door.
Ages 21 and up.
May 19, Pop-Up General Store, 5-7pm
Grace Street Catering, 4629 MLK at 47th Street
I will be selling salad mix, braising greens, leeks, and fava beans! Hope to see you
May 20, 6:30-8pm at Revival Bar at 2120 Shattuck, Berkeley
“Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat,” is a new book by author and sustainable food activist, Temra Costa. Join Costa and inspirational, local women in celebration of the book’s release.
May 22, SF’s Free Farm fundraiser @ 999 Eddy Street, San Francisco
3:30 Talk by Novella Carpenter, Author of Farm City
Music Provided by: Lia Rose
Food Donated by: farm:table, Mama’s on Washington Square, Greens, Maggie Mudd, and Bi Rite Market.
A family friendly afternoon at the Free Farm. Join us for food, wine and coffee tasting, Carla’s kid’s corner and more