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Interview: Novella Carpenter on living off the land in West Oakland

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Novella Carpenter's farm stand in Oakland

Writer Novella Carpenter knows more than a little bit about urban gardening. She lives in West Oakland in a place called Ghost Town Farm where she is raising her daughter alongside chickens and pigs and goats. But her back-to-the-land lifestyle has a history. Her father lived -- and still lives -- off the grid, farming and foraging for his food. In her newest book, “Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild,” Carpenter searches for her father and untangles the idea of what it means to be a family.  KALW’s Holly Kernan talked with Carpenter about her urban farm, her father, and her journey to find her roots.

To listen to the full interview, click the audio player above. 

Learn more about Novella Carpenter at her blog, https://ghosttownfarm.wordpress.com.

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