“A Farm on a dead-end street in a Ghetto”

When the Novella Carpenter and her significant other Billy moved to Oakland CA, they were met with what they saw as a Ghetto, with abandoned cars and trash in the streets. Novella begins telling us about her farm by telling us a story of a bee that was waterlogged but yet pulled out by it’s community members, this is very reflective of the type of power the community farm brought and the power community has in neighborhoods as the one Novella lives in. While there are many obstacles in her way and in the way of the farm, such as people stealing from the farm and also kids attacking her, through the power of persistence and community her farm and this reading shows what direct action can do to improve a community. Novella’s urban farm relies on self-determination which reminds me of the community garden in Deanwood, through hard work it is possible to start making a better world. These readings on a reflective note have inspired me to work on building my own little garden and makes me happy to work at the Fred food co-op 🙂 Through the hard work on the farm, they had stopped Jack Chan from developing the land into a bunch of condos gentrifying the neighborhood. An inspiring story of fighting back and protecting the place you live! I am happy to see the farm on the dead-end street of a Ghetto survive and thrive in Oakland.

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