Author urges students to use college to discover their boundaries
Posted September 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm · By ASU News
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BOONE—Going to college and farming are similar in that both are about discovering one's boundaries. Novella Carpenter, author of "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer," shared this and other bits of wisdom during fall convocation Sept. 6 at Appalachian State University.

Carpenter's book was selected for the university summer reading program and given to all incoming students. The common reading experience helps introduce students to academic life at the university.

Carpenter wrote her book after staking claim to an abandoned lot in the Oakland, Calif., community in which she resides, and through a process of trial and error, became an urban farmer growing vegetables and fruit, as well as raising chickens, ducks, turkeys and hogs.

"Maybe you're not going to find yourself in a pig pen, but you are going to find yourself up all night writing two papers for your English class and you're going to wonder what you were thinking," she told students at convocation. "I'm here to talk about boundaries and the way you might figure out how you are going to live in this world."


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