Tuesday, November 10, 2009

win a hand-crank radio!

If you read this blog, you may be familiar with the term CSA. It stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSAs depend on their community to keep small farms running. They work like this: you the consumer pay a couple hundred bucks in advance and that pays for startup costs, planting, buying livestock, etc. Then you get a delivery of fresh local food every week of the growing season, as a return for your good faith and investment.

Well, we're going to have a CSA-style giveaway here, but the community is you and the agriculture you're supporting is Cold Antler Farm. Here's how it works, super simple: To be entered in the drawing to win the brand new Eton FR160 self-powered radio all you need to do is tell someone about this blog and comment about how you told them about it here. The plan is to get some new readership, and help the site popularity grow. All I'm asking is you tell one person who doesn't know about this blog, but may like, about it and send them the link. You can do this via email, or over the phone, or waiting for an elevator at the office. Doesn't matter to me, the point is to spread the word about a girl and her sheep and get a few more like minds here and on the forums.

To be entered in the drawing, which will be held this Friday, just place a comment in this post saying who you told and how. Nothing super specific, no names or phonenumbers just to show you did your part to help out the farm by being a little evangelical about CAF. I'll take all the names and pick a winner out of the hat for the radio. What do you think?

157 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

I teach middle school language arts in South Dakota. Your blog has a link on our class wiki, and at least every monday, students get time to blog, and follow blogs that they like. Yours is among the favorites for the 60+ Native American students I teach.

November 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I just did this on Saturday!!! I shared your site with a couple ladies that wish for the "country" life but, alas are "townies" for now. I can't wait to hear what they think after their visit! I really enjoy your blog, your writing puts me right there along side you. Thanks for sharing your life!

November 10, 2009 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I told my parents about both your book and blog. They stopped by my house and I had just made fresh bread and butter for the first time following your directions in Made From Scratch. They were totally impressed!

November 10, 2009 at 11:35 AM  
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November 10, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger buildasnowman said...

I just told a friend about your blog this weekend (and am sending her a link to it today because I'm not sure if she will remember otherwise). She's one of several I've told recently, and I plan to keep spreading the word. Like-minded people deserve my support for sure.

November 10, 2009 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Just to clarify, to be entered you need to tell a new person this week as of this post. Links on blogs and all are great, wonderful! but to be a part of this raffle it's a brand new person as of today!

November 10, 2009 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Merrie said...

like you, I have a desk job in order to pay the bills & support my passion. i shared your blog with Diane, Nicole & SueAnn - all fellow lovers of the country life. The 4 of us road tripped to the NY Sheep & Wool festival a couple of weeks ago. SueAnn, esp. is now an avid fan of your blog- & I continue to spread the word!

November 10, 2009 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger twistie said...

I just told 8 people about your very cool blog, some likeminded homesteaders or wannabes, I told them via email and sent the link so they don't have to hunt for the blog. Most of them I'll follow up with face to face as it's more of a personal thing with me. Cool idea for a contest. 'good luck' to all entries.

November 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger FelineFunkyness said...

I posted it on Twitter with the URL link so they can check out the blog for themselves. :)

November 10, 2009 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Fanie said...

I wrote a blog post about your book and your blog, last week. :-) And I always talk about your book to whoever wants to hear about it. I shall now send them over to your blog.

November 10, 2009 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger laluna said...

How funny! I just sent someone over on Ravelry a link to your blog,,,she had posted an inquiry in one of the forums asking about getting started with fiddling, how to find a good used fiddle, etc. Hope she stops over :-)

November 10, 2009 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I just told a co-worker about your blog. He is always asking me for updates on my chickens and I thought he would enjoy your posts. I sent him the link!

November 10, 2009 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Montero said...

I found you on podcast of craftsanity. It sounded very much like my own life here in England. I told a like-minded friend about the podcast. We bought your book and read it. It actually inspired me to start a blog, though I think only my family check it regularly which at least saves me writing the same email repeatedly.

I've put your link on my blog - www. milkweedandteasel.blogspot.com - and hope my readers will enjoy your life in VT. as much as I do.

November 10, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I told my Mom about your blog and she said, "Thank GOD somebody is doing this so you can read about it!" Because she knows and I know that while I may fantasize about raising chickens and sheep, the reality of it (as you so beautifully and sensitively and honestly write about) would tip me over. My first loss of a hen to a fox and I'd have to be sedated. For weeks. I know it. So I (and my mother) appreciate you and your lifestyle choice and your blog that tells me all about it, and lets me live the homesteader fantasy vicariously.

November 10, 2009 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Will said...

A co-worker and I enjoy wood working and I mentioned how nice it would be to have a homestead and be able to do wood working from there.He seemed very interested in the homestead idea which was a great way for me to introduce him to your site.Pete will be checking you out Jenna..ha..ha..

November 10, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
OpenID Megan said...

I posted this to my 1,000+ followers on twitter and all my friends & family on facebook: "One of the few blogs that I return to again and again for the great storytelling, Cold Antler Farm: http://coldantlerfarm.blogspot.com/" - it's true.

Your writing is addicting, and as someone who is working towards a self-sustainable green lifestyle, this blog is a great resource and a pleasure to read. I can tell we have quite a bit in common (even our day jobs). :)

November 10, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Cristiona said...

Twittered a link and added a #caf tag in case anybody wants to try starting a trend.

November 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Jamie @ Woodside Gardens said...

I just sent my mom the link to your blog. She is trying to get into the more self-sufficient way of living, just like me, and appreciates the motivation that comes from reading about someone else who is also making it happen. Not to mention, she is from Vermont, so she really liked all the pictures you post.

November 10, 2009 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Robyn said...

*Technically* I told around 750 people since I tweeted it out there. :-)

And wondering why @coldantlerfarm isn't adding Twitter to the mix?

You can start with @ChiqueLife and @ContainerHouses - I'll follow you back right away and you'll find lots of interesting people to talk about farming, music, and homesteading.

November 10, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Trista Hill said...

I shared your site with my sister who has for a while wanted to be in Vermont and have her own farm. And with a poet friend who longs for a simpler and more soul-enhancing life. I read your blog every day, and am reading your book now -- thank you for the work you do, which is so authentic and true.

November 10, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I just told an acquaintance on the way to becoming a friend about your blog. Part of his job is to research how much food our county could produce if all land currently zoned for agriculture were used for food production. I pointed out to him that he should also be considering home gardeners, homesteaders, and very small scale farms such as yours. I told him we'd already harvested more than 500 pounds of produce on our 2/3 acre this year. I think he was sort of amazed at the implications.

Thanks for the lovely giveaway and the chance to win!

November 10, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
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November 10, 2009 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Catwalk82 said...

I told my sister about your blog during our weekly phone chat. I have gushed about how awesome your book and blog both are. Thanks for the chance to win something neat!

November 10, 2009 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Cool comment Kate! I sometimes wonder what would happen if everyone with a yard turned it into food production. I wonder where your friend will publish his findings?

So Jenna- I told a like-minded sister about your blog, and told her it was the first I started reading (it was) and that it's still my favorite because of your writing style (which is really lovely, sometimes).

So there you go.

November 10, 2009 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger Jenn4him said...

Count me in. I just finished reading your wonderful book, yesterday. I already told a friend in OK. I am going to post about your book as well. My blogs are humble little things, but maybe it will help.
Jenn
also at www.homeschoolblogger.com/jenn4him

PS I just used my Twitter to tell about the contest as well.

November 10, 2009 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Brook said...

Posted about you on my blog: www.babblesbybrook.blogspot.com

You are quite an inspiration to me.

Btw, how I learned about your blog was through a friend a few months ago. She is an avid reader of yours, also :)

November 10, 2009 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I mentioned your blog to a co-worker this afternoon. She is all about homesteading, too.
Great idea with the give-away. I might have to borrow that idea someday.

November 10, 2009 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Nuno said...

Got here from M.E. News article and I'm already a subscriber.

Thanks for your concise personal story- it always gives me more strenght to find my own place when I find other people that think alike and that managed to get their dream started.

November 10, 2009 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Elisa said...

I emailed your blog to my best friend who's living out a dream of her own in Argentina this year! Love the blog, love the pictures. Keep it up!

November 10, 2009 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Carrie in Wisconsin said...

I told the woman I coach with(who is also a friend) about your blog. She's active with the local county fair, and 4-H programs in the area. She also happens to live in a residential area where the home owners association won't even let her have a clothesline or garden in her back yard! That ticked me off royally when she told me that. I told her she should move. Anyways, I told her about it while I was on the phone with her, and she's excited to check out your blog. :)

November 10, 2009 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Gretchen Cain said...

I posted about it on Facebook -- I love your blog and am glad to help other people discover it. And I wouldn't mind a new wind-up radio!

November 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM  
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November 10, 2009 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Stoltzfus said...

I just emailed a friend that I think would enjoy your blog and sent her the link.

November 10, 2009 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Melodie said...

I posted about you on my blog.I am always inspired when I visit your blog.I know others will be too!

November 10, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger deborahwolfe said...

Sent a link to my mom, farmer extraordinaire in the wilds of north Alabama. She knows lots of other like minded folks.

November 10, 2009 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger deborahwolfe said...

Ooooh....I just did the Facebook thing too. That was a good idea someone had.

November 10, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

I just did the Facebook thing. Best way I could think of to reach the most likely people to be interested.

Hopeing for good results for you, Jenna!

November 10, 2009 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

p.s. you should create a Fan page at Facebook for Cold Antler Farm, Jenna.

November 10, 2009 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I love this! I have been telling my boyfriend about your blog all week. Nearly half of my sentences start with "Oh so I learned this thing from Jenna...you know, that girl from the farm blog I read..." I think the last conversation I had was "I need to start becoming a less squeamish person because one day I will need to kill a chicken and pluck it" Long story short, anything you write, he hears about it.

November 10, 2009 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

I just shared your blog with a co-worker. She is a townie but wants chickens. I share my magazines (Hobby Farm, MJ Butters, Backyard Poultry, etc. with her. She is one of a few who encourages me rather than laughing at my urban homestead dreams!

November 10, 2009 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

I just got turned on to your blog, oh my, what a treat. I'll be checking in every day.

November 10, 2009 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I'm a blogger and simple living advocate. A while back I blogged on your efforts on Tiny House Living.

I'd love to do another post about your house/farm on my most popular blog Tiny House Design. What you're doing is incredibly relevant to my readers' values and interests. If you have a photo of the house... even from a distance... that will work perfect. I can use the content from your site for the post or even happy to publish a guest post if you'd like to write about your home.

I get about 50,000 unique visitors and 150,000 page views per month. Let me know... happy to help spread the good around.

November 10, 2009 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger girlandcat5 said...

I told my new roommate all about your blog, when she asked what inspired me to begin playing the fiddle. I also put a link on my facebook page so all of my friends will have a chance to read the blog : )

November 10, 2009 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger CK said...

I've been sharing CAF with friends since I first found it a few months ago. But today I bragged about it to my sister. We both love to grow things and work with our hands. I don't have room for chickens where I am now, but she does! Thanks for sharing.

November 10, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

I gave my sister your book after I had finished reading it. I also told her about your wonderful blog.

November 10, 2009 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

told my mom who got interested after i talked about the forum, and 3 friends at work who are of like mind when they asked where i got the idea for getting chickens; i sent them the link over the email.

these are the specific ones, i also tell everyone who will listen about this place!

November 10, 2009 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

OK. so i just sent a link to my just starting out farmer friend Chawntal up on Ontario who is ordering her second load of chicks(for a total of 99) and wants a dexter cow. she has to be self reliant because she has 5 girls. also to my friend Jonie who has some acres and is going holistic.

this is fun!

November 10, 2009 at 4:03 PM  
OpenID tamitng said...

I have a fiddle/violin still in the box from Christmas several years ago. The strings aren't attached and I have no idea where to begin with that. Anyone have any good sites that might get me started?

November 10, 2009 at 4:14 PM  
OpenID tamitng said...

Oh...here's my addy:
tamitng@aol.com

November 10, 2009 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger MistySeptember said...

I share your site all the time! But specifically for this challenge I mentioned it to a friend who recently moved here from the city. She is very quickly learning the ropes and has added chickens, cows and a horse to her homestead this year. I mentioned your blog and your book and I am pretty use she'll check out both! She also knows I did the fiddle challenge :) Thanks for all you do keep up the good work!

Misty

November 10, 2009 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Speaktrue said...

I shared with my friend Julie. also a big sustainable girl. we co-advise a college student sustainable group. fun. so is your blog!! Tracy

November 10, 2009 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger kayxyz said...

I showed my husband your blog (we attended a lecture last night on urban farming and served as greeters during a local CSA farm tour last May), plus I sent your link to his two brothers and sisters. As my choice for a holiday gift, I bought your book today.

November 10, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Myrnie said...

I showed my husband your blog. He's slowly coming on board- we subscribe to a CSA, and he's seriously considering chickens in the spring. (Unless...I just found a neighbor with chickens who might trade eggs for piano lessons. Which would be sweet.) Slowly but surely, we're changing :)

November 10, 2009 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

I shared by e-mail with my friend, Robin, in Los Angeles. Her and I have an imaginary farm in our minds.

November 10, 2009 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I mentioned CAF on my Facebook wall today and added a link to it. In my job as a librarian I have recommended your book and blog to people several times.

November 10, 2009 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Perfect timing!!! I baked the bread recipe in Made from Scratch and took it to work today. I have just e-mailed three co-workers who were interested in knowing more about your book and blog. I also posted a link on facebook.

November 10, 2009 at 5:23 PM  
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November 10, 2009 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

I did this, today, before even reading this post. I told a professor in the Soc./Anth./Geog. office I work in on campus. Her family lives in Vermont and she was telling me how much I would love it. That's when I told her about your blog and what you write about. Actually, I'm telling people all of the time. I think anyone interested in rural/farm life should read it.;)

November 10, 2009 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Eleanor said...

I told my husband about it a few weeks ago, does that count? We have a dream for a farm, and I told him about one of your blogs that I particularly enjoyed, and now he is hooked!

November 10, 2009 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Dawn Dutton said...

Hi Jenna, I have told most all of my friends. People I work with, my sisters, my kids, my friends a church, two fiber groups I belong to. I will check back with them to see if they checked your site out. One friend is borrowing my copy of your book. I hope your blog following grows by leaps and bounds! Good luck...

November 10, 2009 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

What a fun idea! I got a crack flashlight from my Amish penpal a couple of year ago. Didn't even know they existed. I write her often and tell her about what your doing.
Gave my Dad your book for his birthday..great book!

November 10, 2009 at 5:41 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I told my friend in Maryland. Coincidentally, I bought her your book for solstice but haven't shipped it yet. She seems like she'd be a good farmer.

November 10, 2009 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger USMCmom said...

Thanks for your give away. What a great idea for increasing your readership. I am always bending my husband's ear about the goings-on at CAF. Specific to this contest, I e-mailed my in-laws about your blog. I know they will enjoy reading it!

November 10, 2009 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Pricilla said...

I sent your link to a friend in Virginia.
I am now following your blog
My husband lived in Vermont for about 10 years while going to college and law school. he loved it there...

November 10, 2009 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I have a great friend that I have learned a lifetime of gardening skills from. She reads alot but had not heard about your book or blog. I am meeting her on Thursday and lending her my copy. I am looking forward to talking with her about the book and the blog!

November 10, 2009 at 5:57 PM  
Blogger sara said...

i'm reading your book right now (LOVE it!)and i've been telling people about your blog since i found out about it a few weeks ago. today i told a friend of mine from back home in iowa about your blog because she and her family are renting a farmhouse. so while i can't live that dream just yet...maybe she can. ;)

November 10, 2009 at 6:00 PM  
OpenID norcalrn said...

I talk about your book and blog all the time, but since you specify it must be new this week- I just sent an email to my whole family (!) with the link to your blog! I know some of them will certainly check it out. :)

Thanks for the giveaway- I think this is a very clever idea for getting increased readership!

Erica in San Jose

November 10, 2009 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger John W. Sigmon, MPH, FACHE said...

I shared the site with the owner of the hardware store at Four Corners Branchpory NY

November 10, 2009 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I nominated you for Best Blog on www.hoovesandhounds.blogspot.com

November 10, 2009 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger ta2mee said...

I emailed the link to my mm and 3 others =)

November 10, 2009 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger lasharb said...

I have raved about your site to my husband to the point he checked it out himself - and then told his boss and his cube mate - who told her boyfriend and wife (respectively) and now we IM when one of us sees a new post. I also added a link to your site from own gardening blog where my sisters-in-law in CT found it and started passing it on. One day - I'll visit!

November 10, 2009 at 6:24 PM  
OpenID norcalrn said...

I just did one better- I also posted a link on my FB page... so that could potentially reach 200+ people. :)

November 10, 2009 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I too put it on facebook!

November 10, 2009 at 6:33 PM  
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November 10, 2009 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Cre8tive Cowgirl said...

I've shared with my best friend Annie, my brother and parents. I read my blog out loud to my little daughter, who by the way is in LOVE with your huskies! I teach Conscious Living Classes, which focus on crafting and creating an authentic life so I've mentioned your blog to my students! Keep up the great writing!

November 10, 2009 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger nese said...

I put a link to your blog on my face book page!

November 10, 2009 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Cre8tive Cowgirl said...

oops typo. sorry Jenna other readers, I've had a long day and my fingers and brain are not in synch.....that should've said, I read YOUR blog to my daughter...........you probably know what I mean! going to bed now (wink!)

November 10, 2009 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger CDS said...

Jenna,

I love your blog! I just started reading it and when I went on my anniversary trip and didn't have Internet I bought your book and took that. I spent 14 hours in the car and kept talking about you. I've told my four grown children and co-workers. Even my computer knows your address; I just put the letter "c" and up pops http://coldantlerfarm.blogspot.com/ :)

You are one special lady! I'd love to hear a clip of you playing one of your instruments. My son, currently in Alaska on an adventure with his mandolin, has my grandfather's fiddle/violin somewhere. I remember him playing at every family gathering and we would sing. When he (son)comes home for Thanksgiving, I'll have to borrow it back and try learning. I currently play piano and ukulele.

Blessings to you and keep writing. Love your pictures too! C

November 10, 2009 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Tia said...

First, I listened to you on Craft Sanity. Then, I found your book at the library. I also book marked your blog. In your blog somewhere you had a beautiful quote that I shared with my own blog readers, while referencing your blog. I shared your blog with my small readership and hope they too can find your blog to be a good read!

November 10, 2009 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

I am one of your many fans! Just sent a link to the blog to my mother and a friend at work. I am sure they will enjoy it as much as I do!

November 10, 2009 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger sewcarey said...

O.K. DONE I posted it on my Facebook page (133 friends) & I also just told my friend about it tonight. I'll call my sisters tomorrow too (one of them is moving to a house with more land next month. I enjoy reading about your farms activities & hope to (once again) be able to have animals and a larger garden!

November 10, 2009 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Kristin Marsh said...

A month or so ago, while I was reading through your posts from the start up through the present, I posted a status update on facebook about how much I was enjoying this blog (with a link). Then just this past weekend I mentioned your book & blog to my brother-in-law while we visited his farm to press cider (and I brought it up on his computer to bookmark the site). I may just go ahead now and post again on facebook--I so enjoy keeping up with your thoughtful posts and what's happening at Cold Antler!

November 10, 2009 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

When I was living/working in a group home, I frequently visited your blog and gushed about "this awesome girl who has her own farm," and emailed the link to some co-workers. That was a couple months ago, and tonight I'll show your blog to my mom :-) That counts, right?

November 10, 2009 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger karen said...

I purchase my eggs and humanely raised beef from a man who rents office space to the company I work for. He has his own business in the main part of the space and farms on the side. He says it would be wrong for him to live on a farm and not have animals. He is a very special person and I just told him about your blog today when I picked up my eggs and stew meat. I was planning on sending him your link tonight from home as I told him I thought he would enjoy your story and all your great pix. He is a real animal lover.
Thanks for your honesty and sharing your feelings with all of us.
Karen from CT

November 10, 2009 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

My mother in law (and neighbor) is a technophobe but asked me the other day what a blog is...I said that I had just the blog for her sensibilities and sent her off to find Cold Antler Farm.

On a side note, I just got a couple angora bunnies and two Nigerian Dwarf Goats are on the way...Building fence like crazy!

YEAH!

Jess Weitz in Vermont
jessweitz72@gmail.com

November 10, 2009 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

84 comments! Seems like a lot of lurkers. That's a good thing!

I twittered the following about CAF:

This blog is my window into the world (and work) of homesteading. http://coldantlerfarm.blogspot.com

Love your site and how much you update, sharing little pieces of your life with friends and followers you've yet to meet in person.

November 10, 2009 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I've just sent my sister, who also happens to be named Jenna, the link to your blog. She's a city girl but a big fan of wool and farmer's markets.

November 10, 2009 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Bri said...

I told my boyfriends mom about your blog, she also secretly dreams about having chickens and loved the entry you posted a couple days ago about bringing home the new hens. I also offered to loan her my copy 'Made from Scratch' :)

November 10, 2009 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Morgen said...

Told Sharon and she adored it, told Teresa last week and she is hooked too. Its a great blog, this was too easy!

November 10, 2009 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger ammamcp said...

Told my friend Sara about it and also posted a link on FB (145 friends). It'll be interesting w/ all the FB and Twitter posts and links how much your readership will grow.

Anyone I know who wants to start blogging I steer to yours as I think it is one of the best!

November 10, 2009 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I even have a meta-CSA moment for this . . . I told my fiber CSA owner (Cindy at Jacob's Reward Farm) about your blog.

November 10, 2009 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I read your book and found your website. The book came up on the computer catalogue under "homesteading". I promptly told my sister in LA (Louisiana not the other LA) who is trying to homestead like me! (My family lives in MT, a little bit close to Sandpoint, ID.) We both read your blog. She has lots of kids (7), a garden and some meat rabbits. I have not as many kids (4), a garden, meat rabbits and chickens. I'm also looking for a milk cow. I dream of fresh non-contaminated milk and butter and cream and cheese for my kids to eat and drink. Thank you for taking the time to blog out your life. It feels like reading about an old friend.

November 10, 2009 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger karental said...

This is a great idea, Jenna. Although I shared your link with a friend,please don't enter my name in the hat - I have a similar radio/charger already (for hurricane season!)

I shared the site with my friend Kristy - a kindred spirit who is, like me, a farmer trapped in a suburban skin. She and I will both someday have our plots of land and raise our animals and our gardens. She wants goats, I want mules, but the dream abides. Now she can live vicariously through you and share your ups and downs, too! Thanks so much. Karen

November 10, 2009 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger helenabelle said...

I shared your blog with my son who is 21 and in college! :)

November 10, 2009 at 10:46 PM  
Blogger My name is Dayle said...

I just told 4 of my friends. They are keeping track of me and my husband as we develop our "farm". We have our apple orchard started and we are building a shed to house our tractor while we are away. Right now we live 3 hours away, but plan on building a small house out there soon. Then it's us, chickens and sheep. Love to read about your adventures. Makes me want it all the more!

November 10, 2009 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger r said...

Hi! I shared your blog with two co-workers today. One is interested in raising chickens in her yard and the other loves gardening. (We were at our book fair and we all reached for a book on cooking from your garden!) I know they'll love your blog as much as I do.

November 11, 2009 at 12:11 AM  
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November 11, 2009 at 2:32 AM  
Blogger Kerri said...

I shared with my best friend who is a "city girl", we all have to start somewhere! I logged onto your blog and we looked at it together. She thinks you're putting ideas in my head, and I agree. Tonight I made homemade pasta for the 1st time. Thanks Jenna

November 11, 2009 at 2:35 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I had dinner with a friend last night, and she lives in another city. We were talking about farming and cooking and raising chickens, and I told her about your blog and your book and about the demise of Chuck Kloosterman. Then today after we met for lunch I emailed her the link to the bookstore and your blog.

I'm in Australia, so I don't know whether your competition is for US only or not, but I thought your should know your "reach" is far and wide!

November 11, 2009 at 6:38 AM  
OpenID sensiblevermonter said...

I thought a good friend of mine from college would be interested in reading your blog, so I told her. She has several llamas that she raises for fiber and spends a lot of time bringing them to shows and schools to teach others about them.

November 11, 2009 at 6:46 AM  
Blogger Chestnut Farm said...

A friend emailed me your article in Mother Earth News, 2 weeks ago and I have been hooked ever since!

November 11, 2009 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger ownedbyIDI said...

Hi Jenna and everybody! I just emailed my uncle in MA your link and a brief intro to your blog. He'll appreciate it. I also told my mom. She doesn't count because living on a farm with animals would be her worst nightmare! K in NY

November 11, 2009 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Al said...

I texted my best friend about this blog...she lives in Oregon. That's a sweet radio.

November 11, 2009 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I told my parents last night. They live in the suburbs and I am trying to convince them to get chickens.

November 11, 2009 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

I e-mailed my best friend out in upstate New York (in your neck of the woods!). She's really into sheep and spinning and I'm surprised I never thought to share your blog with her. Thanks for the little boost!

November 11, 2009 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger nonnabella said...

Well, I sent your link to family and friends requesting feedback once they reviewed it. I'm sure once they have reviewed it we should have interesting conversations during our Thanksgiving gathering.

November 11, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
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November 11, 2009 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger jennakl said...

I actually did a whole cheesy little write-up about your blog on my tiny blog, nonamefarmranch.blogspot.com - plus - I've told anyone who will listen. I know a lot of my friends have already logged onto Cold Antler to see what all the fuss is about!

November 11, 2009 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger door said...

I sent out a message with a link to your blog and a "READ HER BOOK" to my best girlfriends. We are all city girls and all harbor fantasies of country living. I plan to make my escape from Seattle in two years! Thanks for sharing the good and bad with us!

November 11, 2009 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Curtis said...

I just sent your link to a friend who is originally from Scotland and grew up with farms and smaller towns. She will really enjoy your style of humor Jenna since hers is much the same!

November 11, 2009 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger PS_Iloveyou said...

Funnily, when I was talking to my coworker about your site this morning I didn't know about your call to action. But all the same this morning we were talking about learning instruments and how I wanted to learn the fiddle based on your summer fiddle contest and immediately sent him the link!

November 11, 2009 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Eleanor said...

I just referred a friend, David Beauchamp to your blog. He's a friend who has a dream to own a self sustaining farm. Thanks for holding this contest to spur us into thinking about who else will enjoy your writing!
(BTW, inspired by your summertime fiddling competition, I am buying a mandolin and plan to use the book/CD by the author you recommended for fiddling. He's written a mandolin book, also.)

November 11, 2009 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Eleanor said...

I just referred a friend, David Beauchamp to your blog. He's a friend who has a dream to own a self sustaining farm. Thanks for holding this contest to spur us into thinking about who else will enjoy your writing!
(BTW, inspired by your summertime fiddling competition, I am buying a mandolin and plan to use the book/CD by the author you recommended for fiddling. He's written a mandolin book, also.)

November 11, 2009 at 12:37 PM  
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November 11, 2009 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

I posted a suggestion and the link to the blog on 10 of my friends who would possibly be interested facebook walls today. I've also made the blog my facebook status!

November 11, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger ecogrrl said...

I shared the site with my husband and it is helping to fuel our desire for a small, sustainable homestead. I'll probably be sharing it with many more people now that I've read enough to feel like I can talk about it! :)

November 11, 2009 at 1:45 PM  
Blogger Dara said...

Hi Jenna,

I was just told of your blog by a good friend of mine. My husband and I live in Bush Alaska (i.e. off the road system). I enjoy reading your posts about a similar lifestyle on the opposite side of the country. I shared your blog with my husband. He rarely spends much time on the computer, but really enjoyed your stories. We would both like to move to a piece of land outside the village, where we can expand our garden and have more room for livestock (Though my neighbor keeps both goats and chickens here in 'town'). Anyway, thanks for sharing the joys of your country life. I will have to track down a copy of your book sometime.

November 11, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

I told my friend Julia about you. She's also a writer and grew up in the horsey area of Kentucky. I think she'll enjoy this blog, not because she wants to emulate your lifestyle, but because she'll enjoy your stories.

November 11, 2009 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Turtle said...

i blogged about your blog! I have told many friends about you , as well as picked up copies of your book for certain friends/family members.

November 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Da Bean said...

I told Sissy and Sweet Pea and "Da Boy's" nana.

November 11, 2009 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger karental said...

OK,so just a follow-up. The friend I told about this blog is now reading the back blogs and has reserved your book at the library. :-) Guess I have to tell some more friends!

November 11, 2009 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Mary Lee said...

I love your site and passed it along to two friends today. Please tell us more about your artwork: where/when you sketch and paint, your prices, etc.

November 11, 2009 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

i left a message and link on my friend's blog. she taught me to knit, took me to an animal sanctuary and inspired me to slow down to enjoy life's treasures. she will love your blog!

November 11, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Ria said...

i showed a friend of mine from arizona who is fond of creativity. i told him that i'd read your book, and quite enjoyed it. i love your posts, especially when there are pictures of your adorable sheep!

November 11, 2009 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger sueguzman said...

Hi Jenna,
Today I told the owner of our town's maple farm about your site.

She is an amazing Renaissance woman, a true homesteader, who raises goats, chickens and farms maple syrup. All the while, she cooks for her fabulous shop on a cabin at the farm, where many locals stop for a true down home breakfast featuring, among other things: maple syrup and maple bacon!(plus many homemade fresh baked goods and canned goodies as well as primitive handmade gifts)

So, you have another kindred spirit and reader in her, I'm sure. :)

November 11, 2009 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger O'Byrne Family said...

I shared your blog with my brother and sister-in-law this weekend as we both, living in different states West of the Mississippi, have decided to leave our current urban lifestyles and head to Vermont to live like we have dreamed. We are doing it together so our kids can experience farm life together.

I greatly appreciate your blog for its poetry, humor, reality and possibilities.

November 11, 2009 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I've been reading your blog for a while now, trying to catch up to your current posts, haha.

Anyway, I told my best friend today about your blog because I've been captivated about it. She hasn't really ever thought about homesteading. But you know, all it usually takes is a little seed planted. That's how it was for me anyway.

November 11, 2009 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Hi -

Thanks for the external motivation to finally share your blog with others. I wrote about it in my blog - which I may have done before in my previous blog, but I so enjoy your stories, it felt important to make sure to mention it again. Also, there's the lovely radio.
Thanks for the contest and, more than that, thanks for sharing your world.
Here's a link to what I wrote:
http://wristsofidleness.blogspot.com/2009/11/paths-and-plugs.html

Thanks, again,
Anna
Louisville, CO

November 12, 2009 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger chadruss said...

wow! awesome comment dave. hey jenna, does telling my mom count? when can we hear you record some of your music? always inspirational jenna! thank you

November 12, 2009 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger tiffany said...

My best friend lives in FL (I'm in AZ) and we are both venturing into a world of homesteading and I stumbled upon your blog. So I told her all about it and how you mangage all your animals plus working and cooking. You are a great insperation!

November 12, 2009 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

I told my bro via email he should check it out.

November 12, 2009 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I told a good friend/co-worker about your blog this past weekend--and I also shared your book. I'm a big fan of the bread recipe.

November 12, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Okay, since my original "share" didn't count, I made it a point to share your blog with two people I met at the book store yesterday (I suggested your book to them, and one actually bought it!)

November 12, 2009 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I happily broadcast it on Facebook where my friends and family can just click on the link.

November 12, 2009 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I picked your book up at the Library the other day and read the whole thing, Now I'm thinking of getting a hand grinder for my coffee and considering a beehive or two. I told just emailed a friend, who is also interested in bee,s about your blog.

November 12, 2009 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger BJ Gingles said...

I told my boss today about your blog. He has been interested in our gardening ventures and I think he'd like your philosophy of living. I've also told my best friend about it (via email) and although she would rather hire a gardener than be one, she is definitely interested in humanely raised animals for her family's food and in buying locally.

November 12, 2009 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Sheena Beans said...

I've told a number of good friends about you blog and book. Both are a great introduction to the fantastic world of homesteading. Also, I could really stand a crank radio. If I don't get it here, I might have to ask Santa for it.
Love your photos and blog!

November 12, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

I work in a library and noticed your book on the shelf - I love it!!! and suggested we do a display using it - with so many being laid off it would be economical for people to be more self-sufficient. I really enjoy all you are doing. Being a mom I do worry about you living alone and wish you would get a friend to help you out and live with you. Sorry for the fretting! :)

November 12, 2009 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

Dear Jenna - Just want to thank you for living my dream! Wish I could do what you do. As a mom I do worry about you living out there on your own - please consider getting a roommate - sorry for fretting, can't help it!

November 12, 2009 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Rosemary said...

Btw - I found your book by accident while working in my library. It inspired a book display to encourage people living on a budget with ideas.

November 12, 2009 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Peacemom said...

bought your book for 4 friends as Christmas gifts and sent the link to 8 of my friends. People I knew would get a lot of joy out of following your CAF escapades, as much as I do. Fun stuff!

November 12, 2009 at 12:36 PM  
Blogger Peacemom said...

oh and by the way, what's the update on Saro and her babies? Any peep honks or egg cracking going on yet?

November 12, 2009 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger dc said...

I told my friend Julie and I'm also planning on sharing with my Homegrown Food group.

November 12, 2009 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger john said...

The better question is who I haven't told. Since getting your book, I've made mention to it or talked about your site via word of mouth to: My daughter-11 years old. My in-laws-both in their 60's. 2 sets. A single woman of 50 at my work. Friends from Kentucky ( I live in Indiana). And countless numbers of friends who think I'm crazy for building a hen house, getting chickens from half way across the country and trying find out if a sheep it for me!

November 12, 2009 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger john said...

The better question is, "who haven't I told. My wife, daughter, and I sit around every night to see what new adventures you've undertaken. We live vicariously through you! Actually, you've inspired us to start raising chickens! Additionally, my daughter has turned into a noodle making freak. Also your "fault". I've told co-workers, 2 sets of in-laws. They all hear my stories about what I'm doing and I blame it all on you and tell them to pay your site a visit. Finding your site and book has proven to be a doorway to our own adventures! Can't thank you enough!

November 12, 2009 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger L said...

My husband and I love your book. We are homesteading 20 acres in central VT complete with Yurt. We told our daughter and her boyfriend who are still semi urbanites about your book and blog.
Thanks for taking the time to share your info with the masses.

November 12, 2009 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Me said...

Just posted link to your blog on my twitter feed--have been really inspired by your site, and love to share it with others. Also have you listed as a favorite on my blog, too!

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November 12, 2009 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Brandieb said...

I found your website after reading an article in Mother Earth News. I emailed my father-in-law your website because he is the one who gave me the Mother Earth News subscription and I know he will enjoy it. My husband and I just bought a small farm and we are dreaming of what we can do with it. I really enjoy your blog! Keep up the posts.

November 12, 2009 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Goobygirl said...

I told my hubby about it, hopefully it will light a fire under him re my chicken dreams!

November 12, 2009 at 11:23 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I've been meaning to tell my friend Ruth about your blog since forever - so this gave me the kick in the butt to do it now. Ruth is all about canning and knitting and using the whole Buffalo in so many ways that I know she's going to love it here.

November 12, 2009 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Funny how the moon shines... said...

I told three people at work today about your blog and emailed them the link. Hopefully they pass it on. :)

November 13, 2009 at 2:47 AM  
Blogger Leiflet said...

I missed this drawing, but i told my Berkeley friend Jill about this, after she commented that she wanted to hear the Pioneer Woman. Her response to CAF: "I like it!"

November 13, 2009 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger farmwifetwo said...

If you want readers you have to tell a story. I found your book and personally the best part was the list of other reading materials.. it doesn't tell a story. It's a lecture.

So, I thought I'd try the blog... same. First thing I realized was you were in Vermont... found where you moved... but no "why"... or how did you find your new place. Stories about the people in your world... or even your own adventures are all missing.

http://www.pioneerwoman.com her book is #1 she's also done lectures on successful blogging if you wish to google Ree Drummond.

http://www.coalcreekfarm.com

People don't need lectures, or just coming in to see a picture. I have calves that seem to ignore the fact there's an electric fence... we've had sheep... and we're getting new chickens in the spring.... So lectures... ain't gonna cut it... Plus, in the last few days how many times have you said "can't wait for it to snow"... OK... what else...

FWIW... go read Ree's material - blog and google articles - go see here if she comes your way on her book tour... She's marketing herself and PW as a brand... you need to do the same.

November 13, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
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November 14, 2009 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Aaren said...

I am aware I missed the drawing, but I don't care. I am putting your blog out there on my blog, Wingroadfarm.blogspot.com because you are the closest thing to a kindred spirit I have found through a computer. Thanks for your great spirit and great writing. I love your style and would love to meet you someday. I promise to work really hard if you ever need help.
*aaren, wing road farm, greenfield, NY

November 14, 2009 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger inletculpvagirl said...

This is my first post although I have been following your blog for a while now. And although I missed the contest last week I still sent to 3 ppl today. I really enjoy your blog Jenna~

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