A couple of great books have come out recently featuring Bay Area projects related to urban farming and backyard systems for sustainable living.
"Amy Franceschini: Victory Gardens 2007+" is published by Gallery 16 and features documentation from an ongoing project started in 2006. Franceschini initiated the idea of reviving the victory garden model in service of a movement toward sustainable urban food systems. The project has become a collaboration between local art, architecture, gardening and urban planning organizations.
Suzanne Husky's "Eco Heroes," published with support from Southern Exposure, documents the creative things people are doing to make their homes and yards into laboratories for environmentally sound and aesthetically considered alternatives to flush toilets, plastic gardening products, chemical water treatment and other wasteful or petroleum dependent living systems.