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Book Review Title: "The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City" Authors: Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen Publisher: Process Media, 2010; 330 pages; $16.95 My town, Oakland, Calif., claims to be the epicenter of the urban gardening movement. The urban part is pretty self-explanatory. What is surprising is that it's an everyday occurrence to overhear conversations at Oakland neighborhood coffee shops about backyard beehives, chickens and goats. Oakland ranks near the top of American cities when it comes to vegetable consumption. Wanna find the average 30-something Oaklander on a Saturday morning? Your best bet is the sprawling, certified-organic Grand Lake Farmers Market (though, admittedly, the popular Belgian waffle truck, th...