Alameda Wraps Up March Reading Program; Gardening Events Continue


Author Novella Carpenter, who wrote the book “Farm City” and sparked the theme for Alameda Free Library’s 2011 Community Reads Program, spoke last night, Thursday, March 31st, at 7 p.m at the Main Library on Oak Street.

About 50 residents and visitors attended her talk.

Carpenter’s memoir details her experiences turning a vacant lot in Oakland into a thriving farm with fruits, vegetables, farm animals, and bees. The book shares stories, tips, and a great deal of heart and humor.

In March as part of the community-reading program and theme, the library opened a seed-sharing library and garden tool-lending library, which are now available to residents.

For residents looking to learn more about urban gardening, Alameda Backyard Growers will host a talk on “What You Need to Know about Lead in Your Soil” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at High Street Station Café, 1303 High Street at Encinal Avenue.

The speaker is Steve Calanog of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Janet Levaux