"The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange their own food, energy and shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves." - Bill Mollison

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Glimpse Into the Future

You can see more of Novella at Ghost Town Farm blog.


el said...

Thanks for that. She is SUCH a nut, but in a good way.

I have her book if you'd like it. I got some squash seed from her too and it turned out to be a great winter squash.

Naomi said...

that was fantastic! I love the idea of urban farming, it seems like such a great way to get fresh food into the community :) my local permie group is wanting to set up some "informal" gardens in our local town and i can't wait to get involved!

el, can you pass on the title of her book please? I'd love to try and fing it over here...

Anonymous said...

Mr. H.,
I love her-wow she does a lot. I'm so impressed with her gardening and farming on a rather small lot(s). Now on to her blog.


Ruth Trowbridge said...

I have never heard of her before, was awesome to watch! off to her blog too, finally got snow bet you did too - peace

It's me ...Mavis said...

I really enjoyed her book and I REALLY enjoyed the video... she is just as I imagined her to be. I do agree a little with El... she is a bit of a nut... but in a good way... But then again we all think WE ARE THE NORMAL ONES :)

It's me ...Mavis said...

Naomi... the name of her book is FARM CITY...

Naomi said...

Thanks oxox

There is nothing wrong with being a little nutty ;) just means you're a bit crunchy and smell good lol!

We should ALL be a bit more nutty... :) I'm tryin' anyway!

Mr. H. said...

El - Thanks so much for the offer but I did order a used copy through Amazon the other day that I am really looking forward to reading. She seems like a very interesting lady and is a natural on camera...so down to earth. It is neat that you have had communications with her.

Naomi - All this sharing is just too cool. I am happy that you enjoyed the video and agree with your ideas about nuttiness.:)

Vickie - I thought you might like her thoughts on the legality of raising pigs in the city.

Ruralrose - I have never heard of her either before the other evening when I was browsing through YouTube. She's pretty neat and I especially love her attitude. We finally got about 3" of snow but it mostly melted today and it would appear that the rest of the week will be too warm for snow...yeah for me and my little flock of snow hating chickens.:)

Mavis - I'm glad you enjoyed the video, I thought she did a great in it...very real. Thanks for sharing the book title. I agree, being a little nutty is a good thing, it's the "sane" people one has to be leery of. I was thinking of you when I saw her talk about the chicken/opossum incident...It's really to bad she didn't have a "Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle BB gun with a compass in the stock and a thing which tells time" to defend her flock.:)

Frustrated Farmer Rick said...

Hey thanks for posting this. I saw this a while back on Chow but didn't post it. It did make me add Novella to the blogs I watch regularly.

You also need to read this article by her.

I read it before I knew who she was and was quite moved by it.

Mr. H. said...


The article on how she helps to feed the school children was very touching. I will have to read more about her on the blog as well. Thank you for sharing this article.



daylesford organics said...

Thanks so much for posting that I loved watching it! I think backyard and small scale farms are the way of the past and the future. I'm going to see if I can find her book now.

Mr. H. said...

daylesford organics,

I agree, eventually many more people will have to start growing their own food and supporting local farmers like yourself rather than relying on giant monocultures to provide that food for them. I'm glad you enjoyed her video.

Anonymous said...

Mr. H.,
I want a goat not a pig. They are so adorable. For some reason Bat rolled his eyes.
I need to buy her book too it would very interesting.

Mr. H. said...


Those goats were so adorable!

Anonymous said...

Mr. H.,
Leave the olive oil in the refrigerator it is good for one month.

Stefaneener said...

You know, I've managed to visit with her at her farm a couple of times. I like my version of urban farming, but I envy her her space!

Mr. H. said...


I thought you might have been aware of her. No pigs and goats in your immediate future? We might pass on that aspect as well, and we even have the room. Chickens are enough for us for now.

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