Discussing her experience with pigs, Novella Carpenter shares her new-found appreciation for the time and effort it takes to raise a farm animal. She reflects on the making of prosciutto by saying, "It does add pressure to the chef because if you f- that up, that is a huge deal!"
Novella Carpenter discusses her book, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer, in conversation with author Michael Pollan. This program was recorded in collaboration with Berkeley Arts and Letters, on June 18, 2009.
Novella Carpenter grew up in rural Idaho and Washington State. She majored in biology and English at the University of Washington in Seattle. While attending Berkeleys Graduate School of Journalism, she studied under Michael Pollan for two years. Her writing has appeared on Salon.com, Saveur.com, sfgate.com, and in Mother Jones.