"Farm City - The Education of an Urban Farmer" by Novella Capenter was EXACTLY what I needed to read.
If you've been reading this space for a while, you may have noticed that I have taken a significant break from posting my once-traditional Friday "Weekend Reading" posts. I love to read. I try to read novels. Sometimes I succeed. Mostly I don't. Well-meaning friends pass along these "wonderful" books for me to read, and I start them, and enjoy them for a chapter or 3, then I put them down ... and down they stay. Unless it's a novel I can learn something from. I don't mean history or geography. I like geography. History is a bit meh for me as I prefer to live in the present and not-so-distant-future.
So this book was so perfect for me. Right now. Basically, this apartment-dweller decides to squat on some land next to her rented space and first construct a garden, very quickly adding poultry that will eventually be consumed. (Unfortunately, not all are consumed by the author. I'll spare you the details - you'll just have to read it.) Then she decides to raise a couple of hogs and this, for me, is where it got interesting.
I was reading this book when I was knee-deep in the middle of raising our 2 pigs, by very similar methods as the author. I laughed at her follies (which were not so different from my own) and gave a nod to her observations and comments about raising her pigs in the manner she chose. Finally! I felt like there was someone out there doing what I was doing.
Now, I'm sure there are LOTS of people doing what I'm doing. I just don't know any of them, and they definitely don't run in my social circles. Most unfortunate, this, as my frustrations and exhausted ramblings about the amount of food pigs can consume, and how much decent food people will throw into the garbage mostly fell on sympathetic ears who really had no idea how commited we were to raising our pigs.
If you choose to read "Farm City", I'm sure you'll enjoy it, even if you never raise hogs or know anyone who does. It's an eye-opener, let me tell ya.