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City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing Paperback – May 3 2010

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books; First edition (May 3 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553655192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553655190
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Where writers of this genre can sometimes take themselves a little too seriously, Johnson uses humour and a touch of self-mockery to demonstrate that no matter how important food security may be, the love of food should still give us pleasure. —Winnipeg Free Press


Lorraine Johnson's thought-provoking, hopeful book explores our relationship with food and how even the smallest acts of gardening . . . can bring us closer to bridging the gap between the food we eat and how and where it's grown. Never preachy or guilt-inducing, Johnson offers a well-researched look at the whys and wherefores of how we have become disconnected from our food. —Garden Making


City Farmer plants the seeds of reimagining our cities as deliberate sources of sustenance. —Canadian Geographic


In her new book, City Farmer, urban agriculture guru Lorraine Johnson gets her hands dirty exploring all the ways in which rooftops, yards, and balconies are becoming fertile, fruitful grounds for growing. —Torontoist


It's wonderfully soul-nourishing to read a book that's all about impossibilities made possible, and how to plant your dreams and watch them grow. —Globe & Mail


An inspiring, hopeful testament to the value (social, economic, environmental) of growing food in our cities, and the unique ways that people across our country are doing so. —Little City Farm


Lorraine Johnson warmly and enthusiastically weaves her stories of urban gardening ventures in the US and Canada . . . This book is an ideal gift for urbanites who yearn to garden. —Canadian Organic Grower


This timely, well-written work offers an insightful and inspiring look at gaining control of one's food and references other works that provide how-to knowledge and additional discussions of the current food movement. Although not a step-by-step planting guide, [City Farmer] contains sidebars full of helpful tips that may motivate black-thumbed gardeners to at least contemplate taking a trowel to dirt and begin a small garden of their own. Highly recommended. —Library Journal


Enlightening for the avid gardener, food activist of those yet to be converted, City Farmer is a refreshing response to the growing literature cataloguing the failures of our current food system. —Alternatives Magazine


Lorraine Johnson from Toronto reminisces about her childhood backyard food garden experiences and how they led to her lifelong need to cultivate at least some of her food herself, despite her urban locale. She deftly mingles her own well-thought-out arguments for doing so with those of other passionate and innovative urban gardeners throughout North America. —Helen Thompson, The American Gardener


Johnson explores how rooftops, front yards and even walls can support crops and feed a population that is hungry for fresh food. —The Winston Salem Journal


About the Author

Lorraine Johnson is the author of numerous books, including Garden Plants and Flowers: A-Z Guide to the Best Plants for Your Garden and 100 Easy-to-Grow Native Plants for Canadian Gardens. Her writing has appeared in such publications as on Nature, Chatelaine, and the Globe & Mail, and she makes regular appearances on CBC Radio and TV. She lives in Toronto.

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Lorraine Johnson has written an engaging, funny book about growing food in the city. My favourite chapter was about urban chickens; while I am personally not planning to start a city chicken farm any time soon, her advice is simple and easy to follow. And her description of all the things her three hens did made me smile.
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Great book...condition was good enough to give as gift. Thanks.
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Very interesting and full of relevant examples from Canada
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HASH(0xa5de0c6c) out of 5 stars Urban Farming in the City Jan. 15 2012
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City Farmer is a book about taking unused space and using it for growing food. The concept is simple but as Lorraine points out the need for fresh vegetables and food is most critical in the inner city and depressed urban areas and this can be eased by creative use of vacant lots, rooftops and other surfaces. Using the example of her `tomato farm' which consisted of planting tomatoes in four bags of potting soil on the roof of her building we see that there are opportunities everywhere for growing healthy food.
Not only is the book filled with great information, but the resources at the back make it essential for anyone who is interesting in the topic. Guerilla gardening, foraging, animals and community garden organizations are all listed with contact information.
HASH(0xa5de19f0) out of 5 stars Rich earth March 20 2013
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This book made me want to go out and garden. Not only does this book give you an idea of the benefits of farming where ever you are, but it gives a lot of great advice about how you can start. I highly recommend this read.
HASH(0xa5de4fc0) out of 5 stars Inspring March 3 2014
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I loved hearing so many inspiring stories from our area of the world. It's wonderful to hear about the amazing work that so many people are doing to make the world a better place.