‘Farm City’ author talk at Washington Hall April 28 will benefit Alleycat Acres

Essential Arts is hosting urban farmer and writer Novella Carpenter for their second Art+Agriculture event. Carpenter’s 2009 memoir “Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer” is about her experience creating an urban farm on borrowed land in a rough part of Oakland. The event starts at 7 p.m. April 28 at Washington Hall. Proceeds will benefit Alleycat Acres, which operates one of their two farms at 22nd and Union. Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the door and can be purchased from Brown Paper Tickets.

From Essential Arts:

The second edition in Essential Arts’ Art+Agriculture series focuses on Urban Agriculture and Food Justice. With artists, farmers, and organizers, we will discuss the intersections of creativity and change.

Novella Carpenter is the author of the NY Times-bestselling FARM CITY. She will talk about her experience Urban Farming in Oakland (and Beacon Hill). okanomodé– expressionist composer, glamazon troubadour, musical experience & alter ego of performance artist SoulChilde BlueSun–will perform songs on the topic.

A group discussion will feature: Rev. Robert Jeffrey (Clean Greens), Erick Haakenson (Jubilee Farm), Rosy Smit (21 Acres), Maria Elena Rodriguez (Community Alliance for Global Justice), and Sean Conroe (Alleycat Acres). Eddie Hill (GroundUp) will moderate.

Also check out our “Urban Ag Bazaar” (with Seattle Tilth’s Gardener Hotline, Central Co-op, Seattle Urban Farm Co-op, Jefferson Park Food Forest, and others)!  Refreshments and healthy treats for sale!

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