Urban renaissance: Books, mags on urban farming, homesteading, backyard gardening, chickens at Bookshop Santa Cruz

When in Santa Cruz last week we went to Bookshop Santa Cruz, a wonderful bookstore. It’s in the tradition of The Tattered Cover in Denver, with tons of books face-out, chairs and couches to sit in, helpful bibliophile staff, intelligent arrangement of titles. Here’s a table reflecting the recent upsurge of interest in growing (at least some of) your own food, whether you live in the city or country. The book at top right with the red barn is titled The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love, by Kristin Kimball, which has got rave reviews. (I mention it here because you can’t read the title in the photo.) Another great bookstore I visited recently was Copperfield’s in Healdsburg, Calif. It seemed like most of the titles were on tables, face-out. For those of us who love books, there ain’t nothin like a real bookstore.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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