Thursday, July 29, 2010


So I have big news: Cold Antler Farm is going to be a movie! CAF will be the subject of an independent documentary about the making of a small farm. Legally, I can't delve into details about the production, but I can send you to a site to learn more about it and contribute if you like towards the filmmaking process. What it is—is a crew of filmmakers coming to here throughout the first year. They will document the beginning stages of one small Northeast farm. They'll film the new ram, flock and lambs. They'll capture everything from roto-tilling to farmers markets and fairs—making a visual journal of a girl trying to makes things happen. They're interested in capturing the challenges along the way and the back-story that's lead up to it: a sort of lifestyle story about what this life choice means to me and how I got here. Quite the goings-on, quite!

*There's no cash involved for me (it's actually illegal to pay people to appear in documentaries) so please don't think this is some sort of financial boom. I don't want this to come across as a some sort of hubristic announcement of a movie deal, with celebrities and fat checks. That's not the case at all.


Blogger Maria said...

Wow - that is exciting! We will definitely need details!

July 29, 2010 at 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! That's exciting!

July 29, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Norma from Misty Haven Alpacas said...

Cool! I hope the documentary is as enjoyable to watch as your blog is to follow and that it has the same spirit.

July 29, 2010 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Can't wait to see it!

July 29, 2010 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

Oh my goodness - that is so exciting!!! I cannot wait until my family is taking your journey. So sick of apartment living - can't wait to be gathering eggs and milking cow(s)!!!

July 29, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

Ooh! Congrats! That is very exciting. I can't wait to see it!

July 29, 2010 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger My Ugly Garden said...

How very exciting! Can't wait to see it.

July 29, 2010 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger m said...

I'm a big documentary nerd. Can't wait to watch it. it really called Bearnheart? Must a typo, right? Barnheart. Get them to fix that asap.

Never a dull moment at Cold Antler!

July 29, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

How wonderful! And what a great opportunity to spread the Barnheart vibe :)

July 29, 2010 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

How cool is that!!! Congrats!

July 29, 2010 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Totally awesome! Can't wait till it comes out. I will definately watch it.

July 29, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

Exciting! Can't wait to see the final project and hear how things go with CAF throughout the first year!

July 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


July 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

That is awesome!

July 29, 2010 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Janelle said...

That is very cool!

July 29, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

So now your farm produces sheep and chickens and dogs and fruits and veggies and movies--don't think I remember a chapter on that in any of my homesteading books. Sounds interesting and fun!

July 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger April said...

Yes! Links please! It's AFTER the highly acclaimed documentary that you will be requested to host a regular farm-living TV show to make you a millionaire! Congrats!

July 29, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

if i was ever a millionaire it would all go into land and i could work harder than i did when i was broke!

but hey, that would be a lot of sheep....

July 29, 2010 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I think it would be fabulous for you to get paid for it! What a way to support the farm, by getting the word out to the general public about the revitalization of small farms! Oh well, my two cents. :) I think it's great, Jenna!

July 29, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Conviently Crazy said...

HOORAY! My husband and I are looking foward to the release date. We can't wait to see maude and everyone!!! Best of luck!!! Please make sure to tell us when the movie comes out!

July 29, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger djp said...

Woohoo! Congratulations Jenna! You might not be getting money for the movie, but who knows what can come from it?

July 29, 2010 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Jenna, once again you are the raddest girl on the East coast. This is excellent news! I'd love to be the music supervisor for the film - seriously! Where do I sign up?

July 29, 2010 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger Harpy 101 said...


July 29, 2010 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Marissa said...

Woohoo! I'm looking forward to seeing it :-)

July 29, 2010 at 3:43 PM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

Yippppeeee! I am so excited to see it when it comes out. What an amazing experience :) Thank you for putting yourself out there and letting us into your world.

July 29, 2010 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...


July 29, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

But still, that's more exposure for you, which would be great if you ever write another book, right?

July 29, 2010 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger D said...

"But when a near-death experience opened her eyes..."
Did I miss something???

July 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Congratulations, Jenna. This will be a great opportunity to help educate others who want to be on the land. Along with all the celebrations and heartaches involved being a livestock owner. Good job, girl!

July 29, 2010 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

That is great!! Like you Jenna, probably the documentary will turn out to be excellent. I can't wait to see it in the future.

July 29, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

Wow! I can't wait to watch and learn! Big Congrats!

July 29, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Stephanie G. said...

Awesome! It will definitely be part of Netflix queue...

July 29, 2010 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Well, good for you! And us. I can't wait either. A year is so long.

July 29, 2010 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

e3D, i nearly died in tennessee jumping off a waterfall in the smokey mountains. less than 6 months later I was in a rented farmhouse in idaho....

long story short: i realized life can end quick, better start farming sooner than later

July 29, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Maggie in Tally said...

Jenna, there was the story about the 2 old farmers talking about what they'd do if they won the lottery. First one said he'd go see the world if he won the lottery. Second old man said, "Well, I reckon I'd just keep farming as long as the money held out.". Ain't it the truf?

July 29, 2010 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Hillbilly Hannah said...

Congrats on the documentary! How exciting! Goodness, I didn't know about the waterfall. Were you jumping at the sinks? I've lived in Blount County my whole life and I know alot of people have gotten hurt or killed jumping from there.

July 29, 2010 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

This sounds like a great adventure. Can't wait to see the final product.

July 29, 2010 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger My Edible Yard said...

Totally cool, Jenna. I can't wait to see it, so whenever you have details, please let us know!

July 30, 2010 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

congratulations hun!

July 30, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...


July 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger kate said...

That's great news Jenna!

I know other people mentioned this in the past few weeks, but I'm piping up now.

When you were in Sandgate, you were not in the Green Mountains, and in Jackson, NY you are not in the Green Mountains.

You really ought to change your tag line, "Green Mountain freehold". As a writer and web designer it really should not be so hard, right?

July 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger The MO Farmers Daughter said...

I am courious Jenna,when you lived in Idaho,did you work at mary janes farm?just wondering?carol

July 30, 2010 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Congratulations, it sounds very exciting.

July 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

This is awesome! You have no idea how your determination affects the lives of a very good way.

July 30, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Blogger Harpy 101 said...

Hey, Kate...Jenna lives very Green. She's also in the Mountains. So from that perspective, is the graphic OK with you?

July 31, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger hlbrack said...


July 31, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Hughes ap Williams said...

Make sure that you have some control over the final product.

Think of yourself as working with a new editor.

July 31, 2010 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger kate said...


I don't know where you are writing from, but in this neck of the world "Green Mountain freehold" means you are in the Green Mountains. As an upstate New Yorker, I can assure you these are not Vermont's Green Mountains.

It is not rocket science. Very straightforward, and not something a writer and graphic designer should have problems solving.


July 31, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

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