Novella Carpenter is my new hero. Her first book Farm City has recently been published - it's all about the adventures she's had while setting up an urban farm on squatted land in West Oakland. At the moment, I'm not sure what could be cooler.
I'm loving the new (non-violent) attention that Oakland is getting from this book, and I also love her stories of the wildly colorful neighborhood I once lived in. Her book is well-written and funny. She has a blog and an open-farm day next weekend on the 29th. Now I wonder why I never thought of this... well, at least someone did.