Monday, November 30, 2009

the rabbits too...

I need to find an adoptive home for my breeding pair of angora rabbits if the breeder I contacted does not want them as barter.(Originally it was agreed that a kit would be exchanged for the adoption of Joseph, I am trying to see if she'll accept the pregnant doe.) If she does not want the doe, Bean Blossom and Benjamin will need a new home. Ben will be shorn and have his short coat, but Bean is in full wool coat. Both come with pedigrees and are free to a good home. Email me if you are interested.

This is not a good week.

133 Comments:

Blogger Amy said...

Crazy-sad days for you. Whatever is going on?! I'm so sorry! It's a good thing you are so strong, Jenna, and so rooted in your process and goals rather than rooted in "things."

Take very good care.

November 30, 2009 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I'm so sorry, Jenna. I can't imagine that you're having a good week. I'm sure that even though the going's tough now, it'll all work out in the end.

November 30, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger bellananda said...

what in sam hill...?

i'm so sorry you're having such a terrible week, dearie; take comfort in knowing that we're all here for you to support you however we can.

**hugs from kansas city**

November 30, 2009 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Dom said...

This is so terrible, our friends are leaving. I hope we find out what's going on soon!

November 30, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Jenna...What is going on?!

November 30, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Jenna, you need freedom ASAP for the life that is calling you -- a different landlord or your own place.

Have you looked at small cabins with a bit of acreage? I got mine, part of a horse ranch that was selling some of its land, two years ago for just over 100k, not far from you. And prices have only gone down. You might be surprised. Don't look for "farm", look at small cabins with land, which chances are were part of a farm or ranch.

Just a suggestion.

Hang in there.

November 30, 2009 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger David Shearer said...

Hey Jenna, what's going on at the farm? It sounds like the place had a full on melt down while you were away.

November 30, 2009 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Betsy said...

de-lurking to say that I am out here, too (one more stranger in the dark), sending all the strength I can your way. Clearly I should never write hallmark cards, but hang in there as best as you can through these dark days. You are in our thoughts.

November 30, 2009 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

This whole thing sounds really aggravating. I wish there was something we could do, those of us who are so far away.

November 30, 2009 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Jennifer and Steve said...

this is crazy! so sorry jenna...

jennifer

November 30, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

What is going on??? This is so sad, I feel so bad for you.

November 30, 2009 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Shannan said...

Jenna, My heart goes out to you. Stay strong and remember that we are all out here thinking about you. Hugs to you from South Carolina.

Shannan

November 30, 2009 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

While I was away for Thanksgiving a neighbor was watching my farm. It was a miserable, cold, couple of days and the place got muddy and looked bad. There was mud and muck and a big wet pile of hay that needed to be removed in front of the chicken coop. She complained to my landlord about the muck and animals. My landlord told me what animals can stay and what need to go. So far the sheep and my dogs are okay but Finn and the rabbits need to find new homes. I don't know what she thinks about the poultry yet, but if I need to give up Cyrus and Saro I will be crushed. They were always supposed to live with me on every farm, they live to be 40. And being without chickens would be horrible. I need to get my own place. I wish I could afford to just buy a farm....someday. Right now I need to do what I am told.

November 30, 2009 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

Theres some great advice from everyone & I would add as someones whose entire life has fallen apart in the past few months & just as swiftly built up better than my wildest dreams! thngs DO have a meaning,they will work out & its often by facing really crappy moments that we learn that & blossom
x x x x
GTM x

November 30, 2009 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

So surprised to hear that a neighbor you've trusted would do that. I'm so very sorry Jenna! You have so many people pulling for you. Know you are being held close in thought and prayer.

November 30, 2009 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Mud Mama said...

Oh Jenna I am soo sorry! How can anyone take issue with rabbits?!

I'm meditating that you'll find a "forever home" for YOU and your loved animals as soon as can be.

I'm so sorry you're going through this.

November 30, 2009 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Conny said...

That sucks - it's like a tornado whipped your farm apart! What a terrible experience. Sorry.

November 30, 2009 at 3:15 PM  
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November 30, 2009 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Christie said...

Oh my gosh! How can someone do that?! that isn't even neighborly nor is it any of her business. I know how you feel though about having to do what you are told. I had to find a new home for a dog once and that nearly killed me. It is the only thing i truly can say i 'regret' in my life. other things that have happened have been learning experiences and some really sucked, but that is by far the hardest thing i have ever had to do. i really feel for you especially around the holidays like this. my heart goes out to you and your babies.

November 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger CEO-MMP said...

Tell the landlord and neighbor you'll publish their names, addresses and phone numbers if they don't back off.

Between all your media exposure, their lives would be miserable.

Hell, I'd publish the names and numbers just for fun, were it me--but I'm that way.

November 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

the neighbor felt i was doing too much, and felt the rabbits were neglected. The bucks lives on the porch in a wire cage with a roof, feed, water, and next to the side of the house. he is in the process of being clean-shorn so he had matts on his coat where I had yet to cut it off. She saw the rabbit in what she considered unsafe living conditions with a matted coat and assumed he was neglected. She is trying to rescue the animals from me, she feels I am a poor owner. It's a very, very large misunderstanding with different views about caging animals, livestock, and life in general with animals. it has suddenly gotten very complicated.

November 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger laluna said...

Jenna, I'm so sorry to read about what is in my world we call an absolutely craptastic week! As someone who's had an absolutely craptastic year (in a completely different area of life), I wish all of us a much better 2010! And it will turn around for you...it just sucks when you're in the middle of it, so hang in there and do what you can with what you've got!

November 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Jenna, any chance your landlord could come back and see the place when you are around, even do a spot check -- not evaluate what happens at a rare time when you're not there to do daily chores and clean for a few days?

Seems odd that a neighbor who agreed to help and watch the farm didn't do that.

Just a thought.

November 30, 2009 at 3:40 PM  
OpenID lyadann said...

Without knowing any of the parties involved, it's difficult to offer anything useful other than sympathy. I assume there is no chance of resolving the misunderstanding with landlord?

Are you tied into a lease? Have you considered finding temporary homes for the animals to give you time to find a new home for everyone - yourself included?

Living where you are doesn't seem likely to get better, if you're having this type of misunderstanding with your neighbors.

(hi, by the way. I've been lurking on your journal for nearly a year now, off and on, after reading your book last year)

November 30, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

it's nearly winter in new england. I am financially bound since I can't afford a new place right now. I have to save and make due

November 30, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

I will just add that I, too, am so SO sorry about this. It would be one thing to have to get rid of "things," but these are your animal family, and I can't imagine having to do what you've been TOLD to do. Of course, I never take well to being TOLD to do ANYTHING, but I do understand you don't own the place. Still, it breaks my heart for you. If there is anything we can do, PLEASE let us know.
I will take your rabbits if you can't find someone closer. I have wanted angoras for quite some time, and researched them, and have a barn for them. I just happen to live a bit from you. But if you could meet me in the Albany area, it is do-able. My kids go to college there, and I am there frequently enough. You have my email address, but I'll send it again just in case.
My heart is just heavy and aches for you today. We ALL know that NOT taking care of your animals is NOT YOU; it IS a misunderstanding, and a really sucky one, the way it occurred, at that.

November 30, 2009 at 4:01 PM  
OpenID kragore said...

Dear Jenna,
I'm so sorry you've fallen prey to other people's opinions on animal care. I would caution you not to follow the wayward advice above and publish any names - you don't need charges of slander or libal following you around.

As someone who is in the long and arduous process of re-setting up a beef farm, I live in fear that some vacation-home owning city person with No Real Idea of what is actually going on is going to take one look at my shaggy Herefords and go straight to "OMG! The poor neglected beasts! The horrible owner! I should rescue them!" (no, they're just shedding out, really...)

We had one neighbor put down their ancient quarter horse in order to prevent just that situation - The horse was old, and loosing weight fast. He wasn't in any pain, and was meticulously cared for, but he looked like hell. Rather than have some yahoo come by and raise a stink, they put him down.

Sad state of affairs when people presume to take away your responsibilities.

November 30, 2009 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger BJ Gingles said...

Jenna I am so sorry to hear of this tragic misunderstanding. It doesn't help that a neighbor is "trying to do good" and "rescue" animals she feels are neglected. Even if she is acting out of the purest of motives she should have come to you first to discuss it before reporting her viewpoint to anyone else. I can well imagine this will color any future vacation you may take as well.

My heart breaks for you and your animal family. Please know you are all in my thoughts.

November 30, 2009 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Sharyl said...

I'm so, so sorry, Jenna. This really makes me furious, but I, too, wonder if something couldn't be worked out. Can you talk to both your landlord AND your neighbor, explain the situation, etc.--even invite them over every now and then just to show them the animals? I know how it's likely to make you feel (like gagging--it would me, anyway), but if there's ANY way it would help you hang on to your kiddos, it's worth it! Anyone who reads this blog knows how you feel about those animals and knows that you couldn't possibly neglect them.

I'm really crossing my fingers that SOMETHING can be done. I'm so sorry--sounds like a horrible thing to go through.

November 30, 2009 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Chicken Mama said...

Oh, Jenna. What bullsh*t. That kind of behavior (from both your neighbor & landlord) is UNacceptable. Obviously, the neighbor does NOT "know" you to insinuate that you give your animals anything but the B-E-S-T care. Perhaps she is jealous now that you're getting somewhat "famous" and has acted out in one of the worst possible ways?

If you want to relocate, yet again . . . but live for free . . . we have a tiny trapper's cabin that you can live in until . . . whenever, and 40 acres that we'll happily share for ALL your critters.

P.S. THANK YOU for sharing what's going on. All of us, your readers, were (are) concerned. Now we're just p*ssed! ;)

November 30, 2009 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I did talk to the landlord, who was much calmer and more reasonable. In all fairness everyone was reasonable, but they co-own the place even if my neighbor isn't on the books as legal landlord. I tried working it out but this is what I was told I have to do. I just pray no one else has to go. I cried printing the signs up for finn....

November 30, 2009 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger ecogrrl said...

Oh sweetie...maybe you can find someone to take Finn temporarily, even if that means for a couple of years? We actually worked something like that out with one of our pets; we're helping support his care, and we'll get him back in the long run. It's tricky, but you never know...

November 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Well, last night when I first read about Finn, I felt like someone had kicked me in the stomach. Guess I'm a little attached to him, too ... without ever meeting him!

First of all, please know that you have options. You might...

1)consider finding a winter home for Finn and the bunnies, and seeking out a new place to live in spring. I know things are tight financially, but I remember you said you bought the truck with cash, meaning you COULD also sell it for cash, giving yourself deposit money for your next place. I know you love that truck, but you survived without it and could again, if you had to.

2) You may just love that place so much that you're willing to live with the limitations. That's OK too. And/or you may agree with them and have found you perhaps bit off more than you could chew with so many critters plus a full-time job in town, and need to offload some livestock. That too is OK, as you're the kind of person who will find wonderful homes for them.

But my bottom line is this: Don't act too fast. Find temporary homes for those animals your landlord wants gone (perhaps you could board Finn on a nearby farm?) while you wait a bit, think on things, and PLAN your next move. Take your time. Don't do something you'll regret in six months because you acted quickly.

Although you may not see it right now, because you're in shock and grief, you are NOT at the complete mercy of these people. You have options, and you're smart. Spend some time thinking on it over the holidays and see how you feel in January.

Buy yourself some time, and think on it. I promise, no one has ever regretted doing that.

November 30, 2009 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

This is so NOT fair, and I really don't see how your landlord figures getting rid of your pets is going to make everything better. I'd be looking for another place even if it has to be smaller. I'm so sorry you are being put through this.

November 30, 2009 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Butts said...

Why can't someone buy these animals of Jenna's and take care of them for her until she can move to her own farm. This is like telling someone they have to put their kids up for adoption. Horrible. Anyone out there able near Jenna able to keep these animals so that she can get them back when she has her own place?

November 30, 2009 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Pilgrim Soul said...

Jenna, I just want to chime in and say that I'm so sorry that the ignorance of others is affecting you and your animals like this. I'm praying that you can find a temporary home for Finn and the rabbits, and can move to a more welcoming place in the spring. I know that money is tight, but I'm sure that there's some way to raise funds over the winter. You've got a lot of people (i.e. your faithful readers) who would be willing to chip in to help for sure.

November 30, 2009 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger The pale observer said...

Your neighbor deserves coal in her stocking for Christmas!

November 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the rabbits having to go too. The only good thing I can think of is that if you have fewer animals you'll have fewer costs and can save up for your own place faster.
I hope you can find temporary homes for Finn and the rabbits.

November 30, 2009 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger chadruss said...

jenna, for what its worth, please heed what diane said. there may be more options available to you than what you see now. if it is an issue of money, i am sure that we would be happy to donate to help you. anything i can do for you, please let me know. sending lots of virtual hugs

November 30, 2009 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger lasharb said...

Jenna that's horrible - I've been following your blog daily for several months now (ever since reading your book this summer) and I'm really sorry for what you're going through. Neighbors suck @ss sometimes. It's hard to know what the heck they will do when left unsupervised! Good luck to you ... I'm pulling for you!

November 30, 2009 at 5:47 PM  
Blogger Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Jenna...
For heaven's sakes! I feel awful for you and just so ticked that they would do this to you and what a bad time to do it! If they knew you at all, they would realize how badly they have judged you.
Now...think about what Diane said above. Tyr to find temporary homes for you animals instead of permanent ones. Maybe you could trade working in the barn for part of the board and then get the hell out of that place in the spring. I don't think I could truct a landlord or neighbor who arbitrarily makes new rules to suit. Sounds kind of fishy to me. I mean, how could a couple of rabbits even make a difference?
Think about it...there has to be a way instead of just giving away your babies.
Prayin' for you, Tami E.

November 30, 2009 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Oops...
This should read 'trust' not 'truct'

"I don't think I could truct a landlord or neighbor who arbitrarily makes new rules to suit."
Tami

November 30, 2009 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger fersher said...

This is just wrong! I'm really upset for you.

November 30, 2009 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Obviously your landlord and neighbor don't read your blog and realize how hard you work and how much you love your animals. I am so sorry and sad for you. Maybe someone can take your animals temporarily until you find a new place to live.

November 30, 2009 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Abi said...

AHHHH!!! This is terrible! I am a reader and I am in Bennington. We have 60 chickens and (this week)two alpacas. We would be open to helping you. We could watch over your animals here until you are settled (whenever that is). Oh gosh, this is awful.

November 30, 2009 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

Hi Jenna,
Again, my best wishes with how you handle this and what transpires. It's very sad that you cannot keep your animals, but I hope that you are able to find temporary care for them while you look for your own place.

You have taken the wise and mature path, knowing when NOT to fight. This could be one of those gentle "nudges" we get - the ones we don't recognize until years down the road.

Be sure to take care of yourself during this time.

November 30, 2009 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

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November 30, 2009 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Chicken Mama said...

Pilgrim Soul wrote, "I know that money is tight, but I'm sure that there's some way to raise funds over the winter. You've got a lot of people (i.e. your faithful readers) who would be willing to chip in to help for sure."

I know that money's not the answer to everything (but we sure know that it helps!) . . . but maybe it would help Jenna relocate herself AND the animals (or at least SOME of them) even before winter really sets in.

So, in that spirit, I'm gonna pop a check for $5 into the mail to her tomorrow morning. I know it's hardly anything, but if only 45 of us folks who comment here sent that same amount, it could be 1/2 of a month's deposit (give or take) on a new rental. Tag, you're it! Pass it on!

November 30, 2009 at 6:26 PM  
Blogger GrittyPretty said...

dear jenna,
so maybe the neighbor and landlord mean well but i wish they would be SUPPORTIVE and HELPFUL instead of just reasonable. sorry, i just know you're doing a good and all consuming thing (by yourself no less!) and i wish i could pitch in and help you meet the landlord's requirements about whatever they believe finn and the rabbits need.
signed,
praying for your homestead to find you soon!

November 30, 2009 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Spring Lake Farm said...

Excellent advice from Diane. Stop and take a deep breath. Look for options that are less permanent and will give you some time to think. Judging by the number of responses you have a lot of people that are willing to offer support and help.

Keep in mind all the good thoughts from the Thanksgiving holiday and I know that something postive will come of this!

November 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger kate said...

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November 30, 2009 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

people don't always think before acting, and it wreaks havoc in other peoples lives.

my friend had a cat that was nick named "road kill" for a reason; she was 23 years old and looked it, but was happy. when she was brought to a new vet for a urinary tract infection, they yelled at my friend for cat neglect, threatened to call the spca and put the cat down all before an actual exam was preformed. then they were handed her 3'' vet file and told how old she was.

other than the urinary tract infection she was in perfect health for a 23 year old cat.

jen said the worst part was that they accused her of neglect. that cat was treated like royalty till the very end. people don't always understand what they see.

sending positive thoughts and love,
kandy

November 30, 2009 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger kate said...

My post had typos, so trying again!

ChickenMama,

Following your lead!

Would that $5 go to:

Jenna Woginrich
Cold Antler Farm
Sandgate, VT 05250

using publicly available info here, and looking up the zip?

Tagging whoever reads this! You're it!

November 30, 2009 at 6:45 PM  
OpenID ditchthegrid said...

Oh my gosh! That is absolutely terrible! I wish they'd be more understanding - you would think they would be, living in a rural area. I'm sure you're far from the only person in the area with animals. Poor, poor Finn. And the bunnies too. :( What a sad time. I'm so sorry.

November 30, 2009 at 6:47 PM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Jenna- I'm so sorry about the misunderstanding. No more advice to offer, but just wanted to let you know that you're in all of our thoughts and prayers. I hope you don't have to give up any other animals as part of this horrible misunderstanding.
Hugs, Kristina

November 30, 2009 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Al said...

It would be sweet to set up a special paypal account for this occasion...

November 30, 2009 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

No advice, but I hope you take care of yourself during these trying times. Things will work out for you. Gentle hugs.

November 30, 2009 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger CEO-MMP said...

why don't you guys just use the paypal donation button on the side of the blog, instead of wishing for a special paypal account or going crazy looking for mailing addresses?

just asking. not trying to offer any further "wayward advice". LOLing at some people...

November 30, 2009 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

CEO-MMP could it be because there is no paypal button? At least I can't see one and I've check several times.

November 30, 2009 at 7:19 PM  
OpenID thatsthelife said...

I think Diane is wise in advising you to try to avoid permanent changes until you've had a chance to get out of crisis mode and review all your options.

Temporary homes are good if possible, especially after all the work you've put into Finn. If you look at is as the owner and operator of Cold Antler Farm, you've invested time in training as well as money into your pack animal. These are not just pets. Is there something in your lease about animals? It doesn't seem right that a landlord can just come in after the fact and start pointing the finger of doom. You may not have to go along with it. You may be able to strike a deal about moving in the spring.

There may be options you haven't thought of yet - maybe some type of self-employment would generate more income. You have a job with skills you could put to work for yourself.

What a terrible thing to have sprung upon you. Hang in there Jenna.

November 30, 2009 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

There IS a paypal button on Jenna's website, down toward the bottom on the right hand side.

November 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger Al said...

There is a way to donate to this farm. Check the right hand part of your screen...there is a yellow button that says "donate". I just thought it would be cool to do this in a lump sum manner...a special gift from the "locals".

November 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger kate said...

CEO-MMP, I don't use Paypal. Had problems twice with it.

November 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger TofuTheBunnyBoy said...

NOOOOOOOO! Not Tofu's Mommy and Daddy...he'll be so sad! *hugs Beanie and Ben* MINE! YOU CAN'T TAKE EM!!!!

November 30, 2009 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger CEO-MMP said...

Sorry for your paypal troubles Kate. I know a few people who've stopped using them for various reasons, but they've been pretty good to me, even calling me on a Sunday once within an hour of my account being hacked to verify.

And...to amplify what a couple of other people have said, yes, there's a paypal 'donate' button on the side of the blog, over by the wolf-deer and blogroll stuff.

Why would I have said there was if there wasn't? :)

Peace.

November 30, 2009 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

I use firefox as a browser and don't have a paypal button either - could be a browser issue. CEO-MMP, are you browsing w/IE?

November 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

It doesn't SAY "Paypal." It just is a yellow button that says "Donate" Right above it, it says, in smaller type, "Please donate, Lord Knows We Need it." It is underneath the TV pic with the rooster on it, and above the Huffington Post Green ad.
I am on Firefox, and can see it. If I switch to IE, I still see it. Make sure you are looking just for the donate button, not for an actual paypal button. Hope this helps.

November 30, 2009 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

I figured it out. I linked from blogger updates directly to this post and saw nothing but a blogger badge.

HOWEVER by going to the main page there are many other widgets, including the donate button. Therein lies the confusion.

November 30, 2009 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I'm not a fan of Paypal either, but I am a huge fan of your work Jenna. I read your blog religiously before I go to bed every night. You are the reason I tried to grow tomatoes this summer and was so full if joy when I was successful. Therefore, I am going to send you something in the mail. I agree with the person that suggested you find a temporary home for Finn and the bunnies. Just because your children have fur doesn't mean that you should be forced to split your family up. Especially by people that don't know you or have your best interests at heart. Look for a new place in the spring. God is leading you to higher ground.

November 30, 2009 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

PS Abi's farm looks really nice!!
http://spiderwomanknits.typepad.com

November 30, 2009 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Naomi said...

oh, Jenna, you must be heartbroken. My thoughts are with you - I understand how frustrating it is not to have your own place, and to have to compromise on your life when you live on someone else's property :( Hope you find loving homes for the bunnies and for Finn oxox

November 30, 2009 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger karen said...

Jenna, You have been in my thoughts all day. My daughter has had irrational landlord problems that were painful and but in the end all turned out well. She is now in a place that she really loves and that is perfect in many ways. Good things can come from bad times, you just need to have faith. Embrace all the love and positive energy I am reading here and it will all work out. Diane really said it all, don't rush, take your time, all is not lost. Play some music to get out all the hurt and sadness and let Jazz and Annie love you up.
Karen from CT

November 30, 2009 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Louis said...

Jenna, I'm sorry you're having such a rough time. Here is my best advice. Find someone who already has goats and pay them to board Finn through the winter. What is that, like $20 per month for 5 months, $100 total? You won't have to worry if they have a good fence, if they know what to feed him, etc.

Now find an enterprising high school kid who wants to start a fiber business and sell your pedigreed angora breeding pair. They have to be worth at least $100.

Two words for you... CRAIGS LIST. And mention your blog in your listing too. Finn is a celebrity! Any farm would be lucky to have him.

November 30, 2009 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

I'm sorry, Jenna. What I really want to say is: what a crock of shit! But a plan of action is needed. The gang here seems to be on the right path. Temp housing for the fam if you can find it, then onward to new, accommodating ground / landlords. Surely there's someone close by who could help you with the animals until you can get re-situated. I would help, but alas, I am in Indiana. However, if you don't find anyone for your goat, I'd be willing to meet you half way. Oh, what's a few bunnies... I have an English angora now. And have had several goats in the past...

November 30, 2009 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger ladybughomer said...

Dear Jenna,

I am compelled to leave you unsolicited comments as you are my daughter's age. When one writes a blog as interesting as yours is, you are also at the risk of advice, unwarranted and otherwise. So with only superficial knowledge of your situation, here is what I would tell my girl:

1. You do not vilify your landlords and you even speak of them with respect. So I would ask you that IF this is true, then consider that they might also have had your best interests at heart. Evaluate and decide if you were overextended. Their heavy hand may actually help you make hard decisions. The expectations of your blog readers do not factor into this internal dialogue. You are the only one that matters in this debate. It is easy to take on too much. Most of us do this. Your question to yourself is this: Did your landlords speak some truth?

2. I also advise you to stay put and see where things go this winter. You had a financial plan in place; you love your teeny tiny town; you have friends there. Breathe, do not make any decisions in regards to moving. There is no need. From what you said, your landlords are not being unreasonable - just coming at this from another angle.

3. Congratulate yourself on what you have accomplished at such a young age. It will help you to think of your day job as a good part of your life and not just a means to a dream. What you do for your company matters as all work does, as, after all, work is a form of worship (no matter what religion or lack of one has.)

4. Breathe. Put the rabbits where they need to go. Put Finn into temporary hands (this I know will happen) and give yourself a hug from,

Kelly in Los Angeles

November 30, 2009 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

These developments make me very sad, but my sadness can't possibly come close to how you are feeling tonight. I'll be praying for a resolution that brings you some peace.

November 30, 2009 at 9:45 PM  
Blogger karental said...

I am so sorry. You are in my thoughts.

November 30, 2009 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Oh I wish we could take Finn. I will ask a few friends here in NH!

November 30, 2009 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn Dutton said...

Best Wishes Jenna.... take the time to make a well thought out decision. do not be hasty....
I sent you a small donation to the farm fund. Merry Christmas... blessings to you and your farm...

November 30, 2009 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

This is so ungodly touching to read. I can't believe the help, the donations, my goodness. The silver lining to it all is knowing you guys read this and understand.

I want to be clear about somethings. My landlord and neighbor are no villians, they just see me as renter with a 9-5 job and lot of animals. They don't read this blog or know about my passion or dreams. They know I have a yard with fencing, a rabbit with matted hair, and a porch that needs to be hosed down. They aren't bad people and all of the fuss really was rooted in compassion, even if i feel it wasn't accurate. I am grateful people around me care enough about animals to even go to the trouble to accuse someone.

With that said I will speak with my landlord in person tomorrow, she is driving over to see the place and talk about some repairs and such. I hope to express how much I love this place, would buy it today if I could. I'm done being angry and defensive, I understand everyone is trying to do what's right.

In the end it's a wake up call. It shows me how little control I have here. It is pushing me even harder to have my own piece of land, as soon as possible.

Abi, please contact me about Finn. The rabbits have a home already waiting for them.

It's going to be okay.

November 30, 2009 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Jenna, i am so sorry to hear about what is happening to you and your animals. I have been thinking about you since I read your post about Finn. I wish I could understand why some people do the things they do and I wish there was something i could do to help you.
There has to be some way to work things out. Maybe in a few days after your landlord and neighbor have a chance to reflect on things and maybe read some of the wonderful comments posted here on your blog, they will be more open to discussion.
I would like to send you a little something in the mail. Please let me know where to send it.
I am thinking of you and your animals and hoping that no one has to leave Cold Antler.

November 30, 2009 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

I am so sorry that this is happening to you. It sucks to be at the mercy of others.When I got divorded I had to get rid of all of my animals. Losing them was worse than losing my husband. My ex would only take one out of three dogs, and he gave my ferrets to people I didn't know, without asking me. Even after ten yrs. it still bothers me not knowing how they were cared for. My Aunt took another dog, but I had to have the third put down because she didn't like children, and I couldn't take the chance of giving her away and her bite someone's kid. That was such a horrible day, sitting on the floor of the vet's office holding her while she took her last breath. It took me along time to forgive my ex for that one.

It took a few years, but I'm back on my feet. I have a beautiful life with a wonderful new husband, two awesome kids, and four crazy critters(two dogs and two cats). And after being inspired by you, we're planning a garden, and looking into chickens and bees.

Sometimes the worst situations have a way of turning around into the best ones. I know things look bleak now, but you have alot of people behind you, be willing to take any help you can get. I promise this won't last forever and things will be better on the other side.

November 30, 2009 at 10:32 PM  
Blogger girlandcat5 said...

Jenna,

I am so sorry this is happening, I am glad to hear you found a home for the rabbits and know that with all of the people out here who have come to love CAF that you will find a good home for Finn too. As someone who is stuck living in the city for at least one more year, reading your blog is sometimes literally the highlight of my day, and i think there are quite a few others who feel that way. Always remember that you and the animals are in our thoughts, and I will say a prayer that things work out for the best.

November 30, 2009 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Tora: said...

Wow Jenna, what a roller coaster your on. I know it's cliche, but I really do believe that one door closes and another opens...hang in there - there's a light at the end of this tunnel.

November 30, 2009 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger S. Edwards said...

Writing all the way from Seattle. I don't know how I stumbled across your blog, but your writing is exceptional. As a fellow single woman making a go of it and a lover of critters of all sorts, I felt compelled to post. I am a veteran, and we soldiers have a tradition of fostering each others animals when we have to head off for a tour. This is your time of hardship and you just need a foster for your great little goat. Can someone foster dear Finn?! Six to twelve months and you would be in the clear.

On a separate note, a donation to Cold Antler is on its way from way out here on the west coast. Consider it a "payment" of sorts for your consistently great essays and exceptional photographs. Like an NPR subscription! That and your book has found its way into the Christmas pile.

I will focus on a foster farm coming forward for Finn. Good Luck!

November 30, 2009 at 11:53 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Jenna, I have never met you, but I know enough from you blog and your book that you're my friend. And I help friends who are in need. Being a poor college student, I don't have a lot of scratch, but as soon as I get the chance (and get over my irrational fear of sending money over the internet) I'll send what I can. For now, I send you a mental hug, and this clip that will hopefully cheer you up. (p.s. I don't know what kind of comedy you like, so I hope this clip is ok)

http://www.break.com/usercontent/2007/10/Will-Ferrell-writes-a-song-for-garth-brooks-384390.html

December 1, 2009 at 12:31 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I am so sorry to hear of your losses. A donation to CAF is on its way. I wanted to do something; your blog is such an inspiration. Hang in there.

December 1, 2009 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger Myrnie said...

So sorry it's been a rough week!! What a rotten situation to come home to.

December 1, 2009 at 1:46 AM  
Blogger Dirt Worshipper said...

Jenna, I've been quietly lurking and reading your blog for about two years - the night I discovered it I stayed up all night reading all the archives. I've probably read your book five times through and it has inspired me in ways I can not tell you. I hope that something good comes out of this heartbreaking time for you, though it may be difficult to see it now. You are obviously a knowledgeable person who cares deeply for her animals. Thank you for sharing your triumphs AND your low points with us.
Good Luck.

December 1, 2009 at 1:58 AM  
Blogger ms lottie said...

Jenna,
I just discovered your blog about a week ago after reading your book (recommended from another blog).

What heartbreak for you. I won't give you any advice - everyone else has done plenty of that - but please keep posting about your little farm, however it all turns out. You are inspiring, funny, truthful and dedicated and I want to read more.

Thinking of you over here in New Zealand.

December 1, 2009 at 3:52 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

You all are in our thoughts down here in Florida. Wish we were closer to help.

December 1, 2009 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Andres and Julia Stell said...

I am so sorry that you are having to go through all of this. I hope you are able to resolve this without having to part with your dear animals.

December 1, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Jenna,

I will say a prayer for you. Don't worry. Angels are on the way.

December 1, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Hang in there, Jenna! We are all rooting for you. Keep your chin up, girl. Sending positive thoughts your way...

December 1, 2009 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

I KNEW it had to be a nosy neighbor or landlord. Would your landlord sell you the place---if so, how much does he/she want for it? As many of us as there are, we oughta be able to help you a little financially, even if everyone only sent $25-$50. Let us know.

December 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
OpenID kragore said...

Forgive me, CEO-MMP, but I felt that the advice to publish names, addresses and phone numbers is not only threatening to those that she's already having trouble with, but could also open up a whole legal can of worms that she obviously doesn't need right now.

Don't get me wrong, the situation sucks, but she appears to be handling it with a grace and composure that I wish we could all draw on in such trying times.

Jenna - found your donate button.
Best Wishes from my herd to yours.
- K.

December 1, 2009 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I'm going to meet with the landlord today.... I'll let everyone know how it goes.

December 1, 2009 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

sending much love (and a little cash)your way. reading your blog motivates me to keep working towards my own dreams. thank you for being so open with your struggles.

December 1, 2009 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger beansprout said...

Good luck, Jenna! Hopefully they will see not only how much your animals mean to you, but also how much you and your animals mean to us!

Just remind yourself that this too shall pass! You'll get your farm one day!

December 1, 2009 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Good Luck with the landlord.I'll
be saying a prayer for you.

December 1, 2009 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Jenna--part of me is so angry that they would be so cruel to you in the name of helping you. I know how much you love all your animals and I can't help but think that your "friend" is not such a good friend after all. A reasonable person would wait til you came home and kindly and nicely talked with you to see what you were doing about the animals, but to go to the landlord behind your back was horrible. I'm older now but even when I was younger I would have been sensitive to your position and feelings. I've always only heard you say nice things about your landlord in the past, but I can't help but feel the landlord acted impulsively to give you the ultimatum to get the animals new homes. I can't help but believe he or she has to know how much you cherish your animals and only give them the best of care so I'm not sure the landlord gets any points with me because when you are in a position of power like that over someone's life, you have to be careful to consider what all this means to a person's life and feelings. My heart aches for you. I'm even feeling crushed by this sad, sad situation. I will be praying for you to have the strength to go through this and come out on the other side with more blessings and wonderful things than even you can imagine. Mimi

December 1, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Jenna,
I have to say how impressed I am at your composure and level-headedness in this situation. I've been enjoying your blog for a while now and I continue to be inspired by your creativity and resourcefulness. I look forward to hearing the outcome of your meeting with your landlord. In the meantime, I've sent a small donation in support of whatever is to come.
Cheers,
jen

December 1, 2009 at 1:25 PM  
Blogger O'Byrne Family said...

Thank you for continuing to share the full emotional, financial and community experience of running a farm. I know this has to be hard but the universe, as always, will open up something unexpected in this transition. Lots of love and healing vibes your way.

Gretchen

December 1, 2009 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger ecogrrl said...

Small donation made. You really are one of the primary reasons why hubs and I are planning a small farm of our own someday. Hang in there, Jenna.

December 1, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger ammamcp said...

You are in my prayers in this trying week...what a heartbreak.

December 1, 2009 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger kate said...

Jenna, I was going to mail a donation, but since it seems people weren't having problems with paypal, I gave that another try. It seemed to work fine today. Last time I tried, a month ago, it screwed up.

I hope the meeting with the landlord goes well.

December 1, 2009 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger AutumnRose said...

--holding you close in my prayers & sending good thoughts and hugs your way............

December 1, 2009 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Good Luck Jenna. You're an inspiration to a lot of us.

December 1, 2009 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Seafish said...

Jenna,
I’ve been following your blog since I first read your article in Mother Earth News. I want you to know that you have many kindred spirits here in Louisiana and we are proud and inspired by your story. This is the first chance I have had to comment, but it will not be the last. Hang in there with your dreams, even though you may experience setback. Trust me, I know this for a fact, having been there myself. Good luck to you on finding your own piece of Vermont. It will happen. I made a small donation to the cause, wish it could have been more. Stay true to yourself, even though it can be tough sometimes.

December 1, 2009 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Lil said...

Just wanted to wish you luck in meeting with your landlord. If I had a spare few bucks, I'd send it to you in heartbeat. It's amazing what a wonderful group of readers you've amassed over the years. :-)

December 1, 2009 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger The MO Farmers Daughter said...

hi,I would love your rabbits,I have a male that needs a wife.carol,lamar mo.

December 1, 2009 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Kimberly Ann said...

Sending good thoughts your way, Jenna. Best wishes through all this.

December 1, 2009 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Amanda Stanoszek said...

Jenna, I am just SO, so so sorry to be reading all this. It breaks my heart. I love your blog and love all your animals, and know that you would never do wrong by any of them!

I am so happy that the community is rallying behind you, though, Jenna. My husband and I sent you a donation and I hope it will help! I'm praying hard that you'll find a place to settle, and have a happy reunion with Finn before you know it.

December 1, 2009 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Hi Jenna - with best wishes all the way from me here in northern Scotland. I follow your blog daily and relish every new posting you make. My thoughts are with you. Warmest regards.

December 1, 2009 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger Kimberly Ann said...

Also, I don't know if it helps to know this, but because of you and your book, I just received my first home laid egg from my RIR. Thanks, Jenna.

December 1, 2009 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Sonja Nelson said...

I sent you a small donation. Sorry it couldn't be more but with being laid off I have to be frugal. I've been reading your blog since I bought the book in Newfoundland. It motivated me to move home to the prairies and realize I'm a prairie girl at heart.

Thank-you for all your work, good luck Jenna :)

December 1, 2009 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Aaren said...

Tending animals in the northeast through the seasons is hard for even the most anal retentive full-time farmers. It includes fencing issues, muck, mud, poo, bedding, flies, messy piles here and there, and certainly waterers that never look as pristine as they did when you filled them 5 minutes ago. As hard as it is for animal lovers to comprehend, farm animals do not live by the same rules as humans- thankfully they do not wear diapers, take showers, get spa treatments and pick out an outfit to fit the weather and their mood. They need shelter, water, food, access to sunshine, room to roam and love. If they have that, they are THRIVING compared to most of the animals Americans eat every day. Farmers and homesteaders are a rare breed and need to be encouraged and helped. As a fellow homesteader and farmer also renting a place I love but can't afford, I feel your deal sister. I wish your neighbor would have said, "Can I volunteer once a month to help you in any way I can?"

December 1, 2009 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Ember said...

Keeping you in our thoughts and waiting to hear how it went with the landlord...

December 1, 2009 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger j.c. said...

Hoping for a really good update soon!

I have a feeling this is all going to work out in the end.

December 1, 2009 at 9:13 PM  
OpenID norcalrn said...

Jenna,

I've read through all these comments and wow- I hope you feel the love pouring into CAF from all over the WORLD! I'm so glad to hear the bunnies have homes and that Finn might go to Abi's farm.

You are so awesome- the way you are able to step back and consider the perspective (even if its skewed) of others who are hurting you at that moment... I am so inspired by you to be a better person! I want you to know that I look up to you in so many ways and am so thankful for the peeks you offer into your daily life.

I know it will all turn out ok for you. This may just be the extra boost in motivation for you to finally have something of your own! Waiting anxiously to hear how the landlord visit went. Warm wishes and big hugs coming from San Jose.

Erica

December 1, 2009 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I've been reading your blog for a while, but never posted anything. As someone also trying to save for their own piece of land and home I thought I would pass on a bit of info I learned about recently. The Dept of Agriculture offers a home loan for first time home buyers. They require no money down and the interest rate is low. It is a rural development loan so you have to purchase or build in a rural area. I think you would have no problem meeting their requirements. I don't know anything about your financial situation, but as someone who struggles themselves, I found this to be a promising solution when I heard about it. I'll be sending good thoughts to you and Finn and all the animals on the farm.

December 1, 2009 at 10:25 PM  
Blogger Green Homesteader said...

I am in awe of your ability to not trash your landlord and neighbor. It angers me so that they would do this to you. Frankly it's none of their business what you do unless there is something in your lease to the effect of what your are up against or blatant abuse which is absurd. Someone mentioned that your neighbor could have come to you first to express their concern or to see if you needed help instead of ratting on you. That would have been the honorable, neighborly thing to do first. I just hope that the meeting you had today is a success and that they are not the mean people they seem to be to me. I just hope that you are able to soon acquire a place of your own. My son is about your age and he is in the process of searching for property in which to homestead. It is tough to obtain your dream but keep on persevering and you will get what you want as long as you have heart and love. Good luck and please let us know how things turned out in your meeting.

Myra

December 1, 2009 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Lil'Green Bird said...

Jenna, I am so sorry that life is not good at the moment.. Keep your focus on what you have achieved so far and the dreams you have ahead, this is a bump in the road. Let us know how you get on with the landlord. Thoughts and prayers heading your way, hang in there! Beverley

December 2, 2009 at 2:57 AM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

Hey kiddo, I'm going to give you some tough love here.

It's time to step back and really consider your finances, to get the ball rolling on a place of your own. IIRC, you checked with a bank, and when they said 'no', you bought the truck. Having been your age once myself, I suspect that decision was based on two things: a) I really have need for a more practical vehicle, and b) since I can't get my farm, I'm gonna buy my truck. Now, I'm not saying you shouldn't have bought the truck, but I am saying you don't need two vehicles. Vehicles EAT money. Sell the Subaru, and assuming it's paid for, put the proceeds in the bank. My wonderful minivan, 10 years old, all paid for, cost me $2500 in care and feeding in the last 12 months. That's $200/month, so let's use that as annual savings by getting down to one vehicle. Let's say your rent is $500 per month (but I'll bet it's more!). $500 + $200 = $700 toward a mortgage payment.

Where else can you cut? I promise you, there are places! Depends how bad you want this farm. I've got a goal of my own right now (retiring early) and I am cutting like gangbusters 'cause free time means more to me than stuff.

Let's say you can come up with another $300 in budget cuts, making for a $1000 mortgage payment. Consider also the First time home buyer tax credit of up to $8000 (as long as your modifed adjusted gross income is less than $95,000, which it probably is for newly graduated graphic/web designers). You would have to sign a binding sales agreement by April 30, 2010 to qualify. A tax credit comes right off your taxes owed, that's the best deal the government offers (far, far better than a tax deduction!). AND, you will have 30 years of interest and property tax deductions on your Schedule A. Several others on here have mentioned low interest, low downpayment loans from the USDA as well.

The homeownership tax deductions mean that you pay much less in taxes than a renter does, because you can lower your tax withholdings and increase your takehome. Maybe add another $200 a month there to your mortgage payment. So now we've got $1200 a month to work with!

We talked about your credit score before. Not great you said. That means a higher interest rate for now. Take it, then work on getting the credit score up and in a few years or so, you could look into refinancing at a new lower rate. Along with this, you could look for a small place - an acre or two at the most. Not big enough for a sheep farm certainly, but big enough to keep your critters and the life you love while you build equity. If this small place backs up on other undeveloped property, you could set your sights on neighboring properties as they come up for sale. Or you could build equity in the small place over the years and then upgrade to something bigger and better down the road. Your number one goal at this point is to go from renter to property owner.

You can't just look at your current situation and say, "I can't afford it." There are tax implications that can really work on your behalf and with that tax credit, I say, there's no time like the present to get the ball rolling. You are at a huge disadvantage as a renter. The government wants people to own, not rent, and they give you all kinds of breaks to encourage that.

On top of it, the current economic climate has put a lot of properties on the market at remarkably low prices. While all these foreclosures are a sad, sad, thing, it does offer opportunities for folks like you, looking to get into the market without a lot of cash.

(End of part I)

December 2, 2009 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

(Part 2)

You've got a lot of wonderful folks on here willing to help with the critters while you reassess your situation (hooray, you guys!). My best advice is to get on the phone to the USDA, do some web surfing to learn about the tax credit, put an ad in the paper for the Subaru, figure a way to get some help with the down payment if any is required...and spend this weekend really, really facing your finances head on. You have a date by which you need to sign on the dotted line for your farm. April 30. That's not long. You've got work to do!

No yabuts. Go. Now. Do it.

December 2, 2009 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger kate said...

Jenna, to follow up on Kathy P.'s posts.... File this name away, or use it now, to check out property. Whatever!

When I bought property in rural Rutland County, Vermont -- just north of you -- the realtor who helped me was Denise Byers. She is in Rutland. She was terrific at hearing what I said, and not pushing me into something else. I also did my own homework online, finding property I wanted to see, in my price range.

I'm mentioning her because she could obviously do more than I needed. She might know the best banks and the best loan deals in the area. She might have ideas on credit score issues. Nice personality too. Realtors tend to have amassed info on a variety of local things.

In my situation, the seller paid her too, not me. (She got 3% because she brought me to the deal.)

I don't think you should rush, but you should start getting information and checking out the market. It's a buyer's market in rural Vermont, and it probably will be for a long time.

December 2, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Kathy P. said...

One more thing Jenna. You may not be aware of this because you've never had a mortgage, but through most of the life of the loan, the biggest part of each payment is interest and property taxes. In the first few years, I'd guess that less than $100 of a $1200 payment would go for principle. The rest would be a tax deduction on schedule A. $13,000+ off your taxable income makes for quite a lot more takehome. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is what makes homeownership possible for a lot of people in your situation.

December 2, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

To follow on Kathy P., the time to buy IS now for those who are ready to buy. With low interest rates, low home prices, and government incentives, it's just never been better, especially for first time homebuyers.

But the key to me is "for those who are ready to buy". Buying a property you can't stick with long term (at least 7 years) means you are throwing money away to principle and interest as well as closing costs. It's a huge commitment and should NOT be rushed into. There are too many stories of people who have wasted a lot of time, money, and effort buying and fixing a place they tired of quickly because it was not what they really wanted. Then they sold for a big loss just to get out from under it, and that's not even starting on people who are over their head and face foreclosure. It's one thing to have to give away some dearly loved animals. It's another to lose your entire farm. And no one here wants to read that post in a few years.

Only you can know if you are ready. But if you are, just don't let all the little steps and hurdles stand in your path. It's a lot of work to buy a house, but when it is right, it is right and the pieces fall into place. (But it's a lot MORE work to sell a house and buy a new one at the same time!)

To follow on kate's comment, do get a good realtor when you are ready. There is NO COST to the buyer. The seller pays all the commissions. A good realtor can help you find the right place and get a good price. That said, we just bought a house "For Sale By Owner" with no realors involved and it was the best possible transaction I can imagine. We're now great friends with the people who sold us our pre-civil war built home and they know us well enough to know we'll be good stewards of it. They worked with us a lot because they really wanted us to have the place.

So now you have my unsolicited advice. Monetary donation to follow.

December 2, 2009 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger kate said...

As Jim said -- and I mentioned earlier -- do NOT rush, but do start to explore your options. It can be very useful to see what your money could buy. It's part of preparing and helping to know if or when you are ready. I looked for 3 years, and planned it much longer.

It is a buyer's market in rural VT.

December 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM  
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December 2, 2009 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Earth Witch said...

I'm sorry to hear about all these troubles. It's hard to control your life when you're living on other people's land. I can only tell someone what worked for me...

How I bought my farm in 5 years:
1-Lived in a cheap apartment that I shared with a friend and used public transportation.
2-Had no animals (it costs on average of $14,000 to have a dog for it's lifespan)
3-Worked at an urban job that was tolerable, but was mostly a means to my goal.
4-Put away 1/3 my income (@$12,000)every year into a safe investment that paid a modest dividend.
5-End of 5 years I had over $60,000 in the bank to buy property and a vehicle with. It gave me a lot of options I would not have had if I didn't plan and wait for the right moment.
6- Bought a place with a small stand alone building (originally a small barn turned art studio) that I could rent out to help pay my mortgage in case work got scare. An extra bedroom could serve the same purpose.
I know this isn't right for everyone, but maybe some young person you inspired will see it and consider the possibility.
I hope this becomes a story of all's well that ends well.

December 2, 2009 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Just donated to you. Best of luck with the farm! I have been reading your blog since the day your book came out. You have inspired be to help change the ordinance in our city for chickens, wanting an angora rabbit, and getting my kids involved in 4-H. You can do this, Jenna!

December 2, 2009 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Kelli A. said...

Hello. Are you still looking for a home for your rabbits. I have a little homestead with two dogs, 10 bantam chickens, and 3 fish. I am a stay at home mom of two children and a cultural diversity online college instructor. I am a huge animal lover (AKA...vegetarian...lol!) and a true homesteader at heart!! I live in New York (Plattsburgh, NY) and would be willing to drive to get the little fellas if they are still available. They would be going to a very good home and would get lots of love. Can be contacted at MsKelliRodriguez@gmail.com Thank you!

January 3, 2010 at 4:05 PM  

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