Upon discovering City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing (2011) by Lorraine Johnson, I feared the book would be yet another personal tale of small-scale urban agriculture. But Johnson delivers a much more important story. She tells of various successes (and some failures) of urban food growing across Canada and the United States. I’ve yet to discover another book that details this movement on such a large scale.
Johnson weaves in stories of her personal initiatives and experiences but more of the focus is on others. She discusses the resurgence of victory gardens, planting edibles on public land, protecting spaces used for growing food, strengthening community through gardening, and many other related topics.
City Farmer will inspire and motivate readers, especially those who are actively involved in community initiatives to shape cities that embrace growing food within city limits.