Friday, September 24, 2010

what are you doing here?

The blog has changed a lot over the years. What started as a journal, turned into a story. That story turned into a community. Now when I write here I feel like I'm starting a conversation with friends instead of scribbling into a book. I love it.

But why do you read this blog? I'm asking because I'd like to know more about what it is you enjoy reading here so I can deliver content you enjoy. Do you want recipes? DIY projects? Stories? Or do you like the freeflow of stuff that spills out of my wooly head? If there is something you used to enjoy but see less of, let me know. I'll do my level best to make CAF online a place where everyone is full and happy, like a Chinese Buffet, you know, with sheep.

139 Comments:

Blogger Justine said...

I read because I like knowing that it is possible to get out of the hustle and bustle of "real" life. Even if you are part of our generation you can be a farmer. I like the recipes, I like the funny farm stories, and I like cheering you on. Reading about your farm is better than watching any T.V. show. Oh and I really like the pictures :-)

September 24, 2010 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Keep doing what you're doing. One thing that makes your blog refreshing is that it's not just a bunch of list posts..."10 ways to make your grumpy sheep happy" or 14 tips for containing your wayward goat". Altho I don't see myself ever doing what you're doing, exactly (owning an actual small farm), you live a lifestyle in an area that I find very appealing.

Keep up the mix of what's already working.

September 24, 2010 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

PS - What happened to that wonderful short story you wrote for the NPR writing contest? I went back to reread it and it was gone. :-(

September 24, 2010 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Spiderjohn said...

You are on a journey that I will never be able to take. I enjoy reading about yours. Have fun on it!

September 24, 2010 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger mirbrewer said...

I really enjoyed your book so once I finished reading it I searched the intarwebs to see what else I could find. Ended up here. Now I'm sort of "farming vicariously". :-)

September 24, 2010 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Stoltzfus said...

Free-flow, you know. A bit of this, a bit of that. Keeps it all interesting.

September 24, 2010 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger farmwifetwo said...

Let's see... On goodreads someone who was interested in living more "naturally" read your book. So out of curiousity I got it out and followed it to the blog. Which had me interested enough to put the blog feed into my google reader.

To be blunt... you tell a good story. You tell it like it is, you make mistakes, you make me roll my eyes but at the same time keep me interested in finding out what's going on in your world.

Will stick my nose in when you either screw up or head that way... Not to be mean, but to do the "I live on a nearly 2 century in the same family farm" so around here we've been there, done that and if I can offer some advice that keeps you from "doing that"... I probably will.

September 24, 2010 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger denise said...

I'm with spiderjohn. it's too late at this point to do what you're doing and when i was your age, i didn't know i wanted to do it. HA!

September 24, 2010 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Debra said...

Your blog is wonderful just as it is. Honest.

I read here because, although my husband and I own a tiny farm (nearly 4 acres, barn, orchard, farmhouse), we do not have farm animals because we are, well, sissies. We know ourselves well enough to realize we would be forever devastated if any of them died. So through you, we get to live farm animal adventures the easy, un-overly-attached way. And too, we get to watch a young woman become a real-live farmer in ways which--daily--awe and amaze us. Keep up the great work! Blessings, Debra

September 24, 2010 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I read because it was 7 years ago I was in farmer infancy. I can relate to so many of your experences (especially fencing) and it makes me think back to all of those valuble lessons, good and bad.I enjoy reading about your journey. Thanks for sharing.

September 24, 2010 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger DarcC said...

I read because you are doing what I am trying to do. I am in the (slow) process of bringing back an old farm, on a shoestring budget, of course. And the house on it is gutted too! Just watching your progress helps me plot my own.

I have been planning all along on raising animals for meat, but reading your blog has piqued my interest in fiber animals. So maybe you have unwittingly altered my end product. Or at least modified it a bit. Time will tell!

September 24, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger *jean* said...

i love to visit here and i like it just the way it is...i never know what will come next, living vicariously on the farm i miss in my own life...i find your spirit and candidness refreshing.

September 24, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
OpenID lyadann said...

I like the freeform stuff that flows out of your head. You're living my dream and I'm living it vicariously though you until I can get to a place to live it on my own.

What kind of chicken is Winthrop? Does he have feathers on his toes? I adore toe-feathered chickens - we live in a suburb that doesn't allow livestock (including chickens) but someday...

September 24, 2010 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Kristin Marsh said...

I've been following for a year now, though it seems like longer, since at the start I read the archives to get the full story. The continuing narrative and your soulful reflections draw me the most, but I also appreciate things I learn--references you share. But I agree fully with the others that this "ain't broke"... What you're doing here is wonderful and deeply appreciated.

September 24, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Flartus said...

I read it for the stories mixed with philosophy, which serve as confirmation of my own desire to stick close to the earth. That, and the pictures of life everyday.

So, pretty much what you're doing. :)

September 24, 2010 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger little farm life said...

To me your blog is a daily reminder that it is possible to make your dreams come true one step at a time. Cold Antler Farm is the only blog I follow daily and I think this is because it is so well written and I, as a young woman with a small farm dream, can completely relate to what you are writing. I like the way the blog is set up..sometimes short sometimes long....sometimes as simple as a picture..sometimes a view inside your soul...you don't flower up your experiences and are plain and simple truthful (I sometimes worry when you are so candid as the internet is such an easy place to critisize).... I still shake my head at some of the comments relating to your new barn kitty (getting 'lost')...seriously people?? Your blog is a break from my day in the office...and a constant reminder that (despite working in large scale ag) there are folks out there interested and excited about small scale agriculture and making it happen everyday....

September 24, 2010 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger katiegirl said...

I read because I enjoy what you enjoy. I have a productive little homestead and I love sheep. I miss New England (I lived in VT for a short time after college) and I really enjoy your writing style. It's neat to be able to follow you on your journey and hear about what you do. I think other people are fascinating. :-)

September 24, 2010 at 8:42 AM  
OpenID vegan366 said...

I read your blog because I currently rent the upstairs of a duplex and I'm limited in what I can do. I live vicariously through you until the day when I have my own farm. Thank you.

September 24, 2010 at 8:46 AM  
OpenID ysmeine said...

I was encouraged by your book. You left me feeling that it was okay to start small and dream big. That even my little patio garden made a difference.

With the book you were reflecting on the past, so it had perspective. Sometimes I miss the confidence you expressed. I realize that a blog is real time and you can't always see the full picture until it is played out and it can be difficult not to let others criticism get to you. Trust that you know what is right for you, and when you need to re-evaluate that,then forgive yourself.

I do like recipes and your craftyness. Love the hat by the way, love the varied textures.

September 24, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Building A Better Life said...

I read because I read your book and saw you had a blog, so I started following.

I love the way you write your blog - I like the pictures, the thoughts, the problems; I want to do what you're doing within the next couple of years and so I am trying to learn from you. I would love to see some DIY on here - I'm all about DIY!!

My favorites are when you describe those moments of contentment you get from living your lifestyle.

September 24, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Carl said...

I like your blog just the way it is. You share the good and bad, it's kind of like the natural lifestyle you're trying to live, simple and unprocessed. Don't change a thing!

September 24, 2010 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Me said...

Yup, it's definately the chinese buffet with sheep! I read just to find out what's going on - I'm living vicariously through your blog....and I'm loving it. All the ups and downs...no mater what the subject...just keep on doing what your doin and we'll follow along.

September 24, 2010 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I started reading after I read Made from Scratch last winter. After I finished the book, I told my husband, "I want to be Jenna when I grow up". Your blog turned up on a Google search after that and I have been reading ever since.

I have kept reading your blog because you are a good writer, and you have interesting things to write about. Honestly, I will probably never have a farm - my dreams lie elsewhere - but you attitude is something I would like to cultivate. Counting mistakes as lessons and doing what you can with what you have.

I like the mix of posts, really. The narratives in between the recipes and projects make everything more relaxing to read, and photos are always welcome.

September 24, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I read your blog initially because I was moved by your book. It spoke to how I longed to live (and now I do, so thanks for the encouragement)! I KEEP reading it because it IS a community, and you write like you are writing a letter to a friend. I feel included in the journey and inspired to try new things.
You should be quite proud of what you have done and keep on doing it. You may not know it, but you are changing lives with your words.
Honestly, Jenna, I don't know if I could have even conceived of being able to actually accomplish building my homestead without you lighting the way. I'm a greenhorn though, so keep writing it- I've a lot left to learn.
Thank you so very much for what you do.

September 24, 2010 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

I adore this blog as-is, but the things that stick with me the most are the photos. You have a definite gift for that!

September 24, 2010 at 9:13 AM  
OpenID geckoontheroad said...

I started reading your blog because we have some similar interests and it was fun to hear about how your days were going. At the time all I had was a small garden plot but I started visiting farms and farmers at every opportunity. Recently I moved away from my friends and beloved house and southwest Virginia town for a job in Rhode Island, and I find now that reading your blog is a comfort, like you're a friend I brought with me up north. I can have a bigger garden here and chickens, and hopefully goats before long so my own farm endeavors are moving farther along and I'm excited. When I am up before dawn milking goats in the cold, it will be nice to know that you're up feeding the sheep.

September 24, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Misha said...

Your last comment made me laugh so hard. That's one reason I read! I find myself living vicariously through you. I laugh when you laugh and disappoint when you disappoint. I enjoy reading what falls out of your head. Hopefully someday I can live my own dream and learn from your challenges. Thanks so much for sharing.

September 24, 2010 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Dawn Dutton said...

Jenna I keep coming back because I like to hear of your adventures, plans, and goals. I love that our online and your local community pitch in to help others when needed. We moved from Houston, Texas to our rural homestead over 17 years ago and have never looked back. Keep doing what your doing girl... And a big thanks... I talk to my husband and friends like we're best buds.. funny I think...

September 24, 2010 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Corey and Kristin said...

One word - cozy! I love the way you live your life with intention. Its lovely. I loved your post about your morning ritual - lighting candles and brewing coffee. It is like curling up with a blanket on a stormy night. Thanks! You are the type of person I would love to have for a friend.

September 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I read because I've been there, and it's nostalgic for me.

Small acreage, garden, sheep, chickens, goats (angoras, for their wool, and they are very small goats!), a herding dog, an orchard...and I'm a spinner/weaver/knitter.

I grew away from most of it and reading is like remembering.

September 24, 2010 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Helena said...

I like it just the way it is, actually. I think I found your blog through another blog I've read for years--I read it from the beginning, then went and read your book, and I've been reading your blog ever since. I'm really looking forward to your October posts. I'm a fellow fall-lover, but I live in Florida, so our fall is late, short, and fairly warm--I'll be enjoying a northern fall vicariously through you.

September 24, 2010 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger LMC said...

I came because I read your book (Made From Scratch) and stayed because I like your style, your courage, and your good humor. You are doing what so many of us (to judge from the comments) would like to do, what we may do someday but for whatever reason, can't do right now. I, for one, love the reality of your posts. It gives me a taste of what I can expect if my farm dream ever develops into reality-- both the good stuff, and the hard stuff.

September 24, 2010 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

I grew up in a big city, and am now living in a small, rural area in the midwest for my job. Currently apartment dwelling, but the longer I spend out here, the more I want a piece of it for my own.

It is very inspiring to hear about your adventures - the good and the bad - and the trials that come along with it. I read to keep myself moving towards a small flock of sheep and a barn. I LOVE your photos! Sometimes, you don't need words and the photos will capture if for you. And I like the simple recipes too!

Hope you have a good weekend Jenna!

September 24, 2010 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger seagoddess said...

I like it all...free flow, lessons, etc. Your journey as life and inspiration and I find it so interesting, too, your life on a farm. Keep up the good work and thank you for all you share.

September 24, 2010 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger South Brunswick Public Library Blog said...

I love the pictures of what you do and the animals and people and your home etc... the best! Don't get me wrong, I have a good life with my husb and kids and library job, but if I could live a second live I would be your asst in all you do! That is why I read the blog every morning before I start my work at the library - it is my virtual life! BTW just read The Bucolic Plague - loved it - plan to make the soap as holiday gifts. Thanks!

September 24, 2010 at 9:54 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna, I come here every morning just to say hello and see what you have been up to. I do alot of the same things you do. So it's not anything new to me. I enjoy all the things you are doing. You are very interesting and you are a good writer to boot. I just love farm blogs. So I hope you just keep it like it is. Whatever you do is good with me. And I would love to come knit a hat with you some day.

September 24, 2010 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Jenna, You are an excellent writer. I can picture exactly what you are doing and how everything and everyone around you is reacting to it.
I can't think of anything you write about that I am not interested in. My favorites are the chickens and geese (haven't heard much about the geese lately)and of course the sheep and dogs.
Would like to see more pics of the inside of the house ( I am just nosy that way) but I love to see how others live.

September 24, 2010 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

I enjoy reading your blogs. Like me with no farming background, I can learn from some of your experiences. Plus, I enjoy your recipes. This weekend I will make your pumpkin muffins. I can't wait.

I like how your blog is. To me you don't have to change anything.

September 24, 2010 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger CJ said...

I read because we live very similar lives. I have tried to start a blog several times but have come to realize that I am not a writer. I enjoy your perspective on farm life. I'm also a people watcher, I enjoy experiencing people going about their daily lives.

September 24, 2010 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

Just keep doing what your doing, Jenna. I read because you inspire me with your honesty and your gratitude about your daily life. I want to hear about it all, the good the bad and the ugly. You inspired me to pick up a crochet hook and try again after many years,which was a success this time! And also gave me new ideas, like making pumpking pie and muffins from an actual pumpkin, it tastes sooo much better, and at a buck fifty it's cheaper than canned, so I'll be buying in bulk and freezing it untill I can learn to can! This year I broke ground on a small vegetable plot, because you made me believe it was possible to do. I've tried so many new things this past year, all thanks to you!
I've got 10 yrs on you, but I think I'm still young enough to follow this crazy dream I have, after seeing how much you've accomplished in such a short period of time, so I also read to keep the fire lit under my butt! Thanks for all that you do, and being the amazing young woman that you are!

Blessings,
Debi

P.S.
Awesome job on your home spun knitted cap, it's beautiful!

September 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

I read this blog because you know what you want and go out and make it happen. And along the way you tell it like it is, which is refreshing. Sometimes everything works out and you land on a great farm, sometimes you have false starts and deep disappointments. The fact that you take each step with grit, gratitude and awe is inspirational and your excellent writing makes it enjoyable to follow daily. You remind me one can be both busy and introspective.

I can also relate on many levels, as a beekeeper, chicken "farmer", and caretaker/restorer of an old farmstead. But there are other interests I don't share that I also enjoy reading about. I'm not a dog person, though now I'd love to someday ride on a dog sled. I don't play any instruments, but I enjoy good music and now listen to Iron and Wine, OCM and Sarah Jaroz, among others.

The thing I think I'd like to see more of is how you are planning, both the big picture and nuts and bolts. Do you have a master plan for your property? How will you go about detemining what to produce and how to market them locally? How do you prioritize projects? I understand sharing this may open things up to lots of comments from people telling you what to do or not do, and maybe you'd rather focus this blog on what you've decided to do instead of how you decided, but I'd be interested to read about that.

September 24, 2010 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I read because it helps me dream about my own someday-home with my own someday-chickens. And now I can skip the someday-goat! I love the pictures and the updates and the musings. I love the glimpses into your beautiful home and your animals and the often heart wrenchingly honest moments when you can admit a failing or a struggle. It's all beautiful!

September 24, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Lissa B. said...

I like reading it because you are a lot like me...I have this desire to get "back to the land", I enjoy the simple things in life - I knit, crosstitch, learned how to can and am trying to start growing as much food as I can. But my husband is a BIG city guy and thinks most of this is just crazy. I also have a 4 year old and another one due any day now. So I have to be responsible in how and what I get all of us into when it comes to "urban farming". I wish I could have had the guts you have to have tried all this out on my own, before I got married. But I pushed it aside. Now it's getting to the point where I just have to embrace it, I can't silence it anymore! And my poor hubby and kids just think I'm nuts, I'm sure. So I love reading your blog, mainly to see what's going on at CAF so I can day dream about what I'd be doing now if I had ever taken that leap. And to get inspired for the daily tiny steps I try to take with my hubby, to get him more open to the idea of urban homesteading. So thanks for keeping this going.

September 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Jaspenelle Stewart said...

I read to keep myself hopefully that "it can be done", Though my family dynamic is a little different then yours (married, children) we want our own little piece of the homesteading dream. I love it all, photos, daily life, dyi, gardening, I just simply love it all.

September 24, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Your blog is my home page. I read an article you wrote for Mother Earth News and have been following you ever since. I read this blog because you are doing just what I hope to be doing one day. That is, leaving a world of cement for a world of grass and trees and making a life as much as possible out of what I can grow. I am several years away, but reading about your adventures has taught me a lot. It is the height of entertainment and I consider it a good education. The perfect mix of business and pleasure. Keep up the good work!

September 24, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love reading about the everyday routines of the farm - even though it's probably normal for you, it's still exciting for me to read about your fencing adventures or gardening triumphs/tragedies. Hearing about how the farm is taking shape is an amazing thing, and it's all the little details that I enjoy reading the most. Keep up the good work!

September 24, 2010 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger dogear6 said...

Jenna - I love to hear what you are doing, trying, and what is and is not working. Some things I've tried for myself and it worked / did not work or I liked it / didn't like it.

Your life is not my life, but your ideas and thoughts contribute to me being an urban homesteader and continuing to plug away at it.

I know you've had some discouragement over the comments at your "failures". I hope you continue to blog about them. Sometimes you've solved it, others times (like Finn), you realized that you were over-extended or it wasn't working or you were not as interested as you thought.

That's all part of the learning curve and I admire you for at least trying.

September 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

I would just keep doing what you're doing on the blog. Your instincts are good as far as what readers will enjoy hearing about. I think many of us are on a path of homesteading, and therefore it's nice to read about things we love about it, but from your perspective -- preserving, cooking, raising food, playing simple music, and owning a place. I think an accounting of your first year at the farm, by season, would make an wonderful, informative and entertaining book, BTW.

September 24, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Sparkless said...

I love your stories of the animals and pictures of course. I read your blog because I want to know what is new with you because it feels like you and your animals are friends now.

September 24, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger arogers said...

You are the extreme polar opposite of laziness. It's inspiring!

September 24, 2010 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

I like the pictures and stories about small farm life. I'm not a very poetical person so I tend to skim the more flowery entries. :-)

September 24, 2010 at 11:29 AM  
Blogger Melanie J. said...

I grew up in CT, so part of my curiosity stems from your shaping of the farm around the distinct seasons (plus the vicarious thrill of seeing mountain pics). Your written voice has a very "real human trying to farm" sound, which makes you a pleasure to read, and your boldness in admitting mistakes and asking for advice is quite brave. Love your pictures, love your stories...I feel the same deep-in-my-bones contentment when you relate your relationship with the animals and the earth, that thrill of being outside at 5 a.m. working your own land and critters. Sorry, sweets, but if it ain't broke, please don't fix it :)

September 24, 2010 at 11:34 AM  
Blogger wanda said...

Woolly head! Woolly head!

Just keep it coming.

September 24, 2010 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger lime said...

i'm a lurker who loves that you are making your dream come true. the posts that sing to me are ones like the hat post below where something as simple as a hat symbolizes how far you've come.

September 24, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Genevieve said...

I have been reading your blog for over a year. I really love the pictures, especially of Gibson.

September 24, 2010 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

because you are so generous in sharing your life and adventures with all of us

because you tell the successes and the mistakes and learn from them

because we have all tried to help you and feel we have an investment in your life project

because we wish you well and feel like you are a member of the family

I am here because, at 72, I can no longer do all that you do

September 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
OpenID kragore said...

I'm not 100% sure how I found your blog anymore, but I started reading it and couldn't stop.

I'm dearly infected with barnheart - was raised rural, was not encouraged to stay there, and am stuck at a 9-5 in the 'burbs now. I read your experiences, written in an honest and thoughtful voice, and I hope dearly to find myself there someday.

You give your generation hope that it can be done. :)

September 24, 2010 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

I love the freeflow stuff best, Jenna. And the fact that you're honest with with us, your readers. You tell it like it is. Through you, we're able to get a taste of what life on a farm is like. And you give hope/inspiration to those of us who'd love to do what you're doing someday! Keep it up.

September 24, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger D said...

Your blog is really well written which makes it a pleasure to read. I love the variety of farming/homesteading topics and would enjoy hearing a little more about beekeeping. More recipes would be wonderful, any chance you have a good tomato sauce recipe?

September 24, 2010 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Aurora said...

I love all of it.

Your book inspired me first and your blog took over to inspire me everyday.

We live on a small three acre farm settled in 1837; we have dreams, both big and within reason. You encourage us through your insights, say it like it is and even though I am a good deal older than you, it is your blog that makes me know that anything really is possible.

Thank you Jenna.

September 24, 2010 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Abeille à miel said...

The main reason I'm here reading is because you are on a journey that is a transition from one working life (your office job) to another (your farm). Also because of the passion you have in describing your work, your efforts, the hard work and how much joy you find in it. That is LIVING to me, no matter how hard it may be. I aspire to such work. I am at a crossroads with work, and reading your day to day life keeps me grounded, connected to my goals. Thank you for being here.

September 24, 2010 at 12:43 PM  
OpenID adsinstyle@yahoo.com said...

I love the journeys you take me on! You inspire me and make me appreciate the simpler things in life. When everyone else is thinking "technology", Jenna reminded me to give my old percolator coffee pot another chance - and as always...she was right! Your way with words adds feeling into every sentence! You make me think - I learn a lot! Remember...if it isn't broke, don't fix it!

September 24, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

I enjoy living vicariously through your experience, since we are not yet able to start our homestead. Whatever fills your day is good enough with me! daisy

September 24, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Sojourner said...

Jenna, I'm here because you often seem able to put to paper what I think, but can't. I like the flow--wouldn't change a thing.

September 24, 2010 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger jkizmann said...

Your blog is inspiration. I, too, am a graphic designer, with hopes of moving to the country and raising a small farm.

I'd love to see more pictures. :)

September 24, 2010 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

I read because your writing is beautiful, your pictures are beautiful, and it's deeply comforting to hear from someone who knows my experience firsthand. It's not easy to talk to one's city friends about day to day farm life. They're supportive, but they don't really, fully get it and I can't expect that of them. (No offense, city people here!) Reading about your experiences makes me feel a little less like an island.

September 24, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
OpenID egirlwonder said...

I stumbled upon "Made from Scratch" at my local library when looking for something interesting to read. I was enthralled with everything you were doing - it was like the "advanced" version of my "novice" attempts I've grown to enjoy over the past 5 years.

I immediately RSS'd your blog, and enjoy so much about your writing. Your pictures are fantastic, I like that you share your failures as well as your successes (that takes guts), you also share your dreams and goals for the future (which takes even more guts in my opinion); in short - I like the mix of everything you've shared.

Recipes & DIY projects would be nice to add more frequently to the mix. Also I *really* enjoy the videos too (sheep TV? AWESOME).

p.s. Kudos for posting so often & frequently too - I can't imagine how you find the time!

September 24, 2010 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Tanja said...

Frequent updates and the knowledge that someone out there is making the same mistakes (and having a few of the same sucesses) that I am.

September 24, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger hippychick said...

I read it because I am obsessed with all things homesteading and the farm life. I would LOVE to see more recipes and pictures of the animals. It has been great to "watch" your story and see what you have dreamed and achieved. You are a true inspiration!

September 24, 2010 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Duck said...

I came here from the Mother Earth News website one day, from your article about how things hurt sometimes. I had recently badly injured my knee and was still trying to keep the animals all fed and happy, and I came here and I loved it. :)

I don't know why I stay, I just do.
I think it has something to do with being a young person and wanting to have a farm, to have that integral "Holy crap, I made/grew/butchered/farmed this, and it's all my own." kind of personality, even when things get difficult. I like what you're doing, what you encourage in me, and in so many other readers. I like how you tell us to do stuff we want to now, and not put it off until we have a month left to live. Just get stuff done, and enjoy it on the way.

I feel like screaming "PEACE OUT" or something here, lol.

September 24, 2010 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Albert said...

I follow your blog for more than 2 year.
Found the link on Mother Earth News.
Keep it the way it is; every day a surprise.Like the pictures too.
I`m gardening many years and you made me start baking my own bread for more than a year and I knitted a scarf and hat.
Yesterday I got your book (ordered it at last).

Keep going. It`s very inspiring.

September 24, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Tami said...

I read because it gives me hope for the future. You're honest and a smorgasboard. Love it.

September 24, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
OpenID urbanadaptation said...

I'm pretty much here - when I can be here, I suppose - for the reminder that no matter what's going on in my life right now, this too is not only possible, but something to keep working towards. I have a bad case of barn heart, and to see your journey and know that it's do-able is pretty helpful.

Personally, I like your blog the way it is, with different facets of your life and farm life showing up at different times.

September 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger JeanineH said...

Jenna
I'm here reading because of something from Mother Earth News that led me to your blog, I've been reading it since, downloading past posts. I live very rural here, and my internet is flaky so when I do get connected I gather stuff to read when it's not working.

Why I'm here? the scope of what you're talking about, covering. I went looking while I was in town the other day and found an old all metal grater, instantly put it in my must purchase pile and came home with it to replace the crazy box-style grater that's so hard to clean and I only used one side of anyway.

My garden this year for $2 worth of seeds gave me $10 worth of zucchini which I then made all kinds of breads / muffins with as well as the odd chili. Carrots are still being harvested but the first 5 percent of overall harvest is already 2lbs so that paid for the seeds already. Rest of it's pure profit... in a way. In that I don't have to hand that money over to the grocery store.

I canned for the first time this year, solo. Beautiful peaches that will be an absolute delight in January to be eating much as the locally picked raspberries were at that time last year (straight frozen)

This stuff and more, like the 3 dozen chickens, the cows, the pigs... all because I found your home here and was inspired by it to realize that I could do more. Its just there ahead of us, for those of us that will reach.

September 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Tom Open said...

Originally the adventures you were on and your writing style. I've been around for sometime reading about your life.

The past couple of years though is to see where you are going to take this. Can't believe you aren't monetizing the hell out of this following of yours. Your still on a free blogging platform for goodness sakes. You have one heck of a brand and I'm guessing significant traffic. Yet not taking it to the next level for some reason.

Not hating just wish you would get some professional guidance on this. Your leaving a LOT of money on the table. Taking your branding and traffic to where it could be should in no way lessen the value to the readers. In fact just the opposite.

September 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Amalia said...

I read because until I can live a similar lifestyle, I live vicariously through you! I love to read about your progress (and set backs). You have been brave enough to allow us to "read" you through this process, and I am forever thankful.

September 24, 2010 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

I read because your "real life" has always been what I've day dreamed of...please keep making your cute hats and the homemade goodies:)

September 24, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Greentwinsmummy said...

I found you on Down to Earth,Rhondas blog & have followed eversince. I like the fact you like crows & cold weather & I like that fact that I am waaay older than you & still I have no real clue as to All the Answers,sometimes in a futile rant I think argg if only I was doing this when I was younger! & then I think of you,finding your way just the same as I am & it makes me stop & think heeey!it doesnt matter how old one is.It matters that we do it.Regardless.
I love your writing & I love what you write about,sod what readers want you to write,write from your heart,thats the only way & its what makes it a joy to read x
I like the fact that we are zillions of miles away yet have days that revolve around the same things ok you have a full time job in an office,I am a single mama to the best 5 year old twins,it amounts to the same amount of juggling I reckon x
Just keep writing & growing & I am damned sure we will all keep reading
GTM x

September 24, 2010 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger amlahe616 said...

I just read your book last month and now i am inspired. I live in Chicago and with my job I can't leave the city limits, but you have started me looking for was to be more homey. Tonight I am making jam for the first time ever.

I like your style, love the animal stories.

September 24, 2010 at 3:37 PM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

Chinese buffet with sheep. Love it! I'm here becuase I like to here about the whole shebang.

I love recipes, the funny stories about your animals. I like that you tell us the good stories and the bad. Your pics are great too. It's the whole journey that is interesting.

Plus any music reccomendations are always good. Thanks to you I now know Iron & Wine and will be going to see Frightened Rabbit next month.

September 24, 2010 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Speaktrue said...

I like the free flow of thoughts, stories, inspiration and lessons I read. I enjoy it all! I wouldn't mind more pictures....I'm a visual gal. Urban Farmer

September 24, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Jenna, I read your blog, first because your words are able to transport me into your world. You are an excellent writer.

The second reason I read is that you remind me of myself at that age. In my generation, a woman in the South would not have attempted what you are doing on your own (not without being considered a total freak). You are making different choices than I did, and I want to know what happens with the choices that you make.

I love the topic mix of your wooly head, but I have to admit that I can't wait for Gibson to start herding lessons. I want ALL the details. Lessons aren't available in my area, and I want to teach my Oliver, even though he will just be herding ducks.

September 24, 2010 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Mariko said...

I read because I admire your journey and you provide me inspiration. I enjoy the free flow of thoughts, ideas, projects, workshops, updates, fresh bread... :) Whatever is going on in your world at a particular time. No need to change a thing!!

September 24, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
OpenID hollyheartfree said...

I read you because 30 years ago I could have been you. I live on a small farm, have sheep, a couple llamas for guards, some cows and chickens and a peacock. And 2 border collies, neither of whom work the sheep. I live off my garden and understand that I was born a few generations too late. I spin, weave, knit and crochet from my own fleece, although I'm too lazy to wash and card it anymore. I enjoy your writing, and enjoy your insights. you are doing a splendid job and I wish you all the best. Thanks for choosing to write what you do.

September 24, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger kringsrud said...

I read because your blog is refreshing and honest. I love your appreciation for the land You have great observations and introspections, and I love the free-form flow of thoughts that you share. I like that your blog reads like a series of letters to family and friends.

I read you every day -- your posts are a little oasis of "Aaahhh" amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

September 24, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Mel - The Organic Mamas said...

i come for the free flow :-)

September 24, 2010 at 5:40 PM  
OpenID chickadeeworkshop said...

I love all of it. Photos, streaming thoughts, recipes, crafts, farm animals, veggies, bees, sheep dog trials, music and instruments---stuff that makes you happy or satisfied, stuff that frustrates the bejebus out you. It's the perfect mix. Don't change a thing.

I read because I admire you and I'm nearly 60.

September 24, 2010 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Melvin & Theresa said...

I read your blog daily, sometimes more. You have a great way with words. I enjoy your tales of the farm. Can't go a day without you.

September 24, 2010 at 5:52 PM  
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September 24, 2010 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Katey and Dave said...

As a couple that have been inspired by your story to, first, plant a garden, and second, to raise 50 meat chickens this year, I'd love to see more "how to" stuff. But not at the expense of the stories. After all, the stories are what we found inspiring.

September 24, 2010 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Sarah Fain said...

I'm here because you remind me daily that there is another way to live. I love hearing about the animals, the routines, the people who contribute to the farm and who form your community. Personally, I like the variety in your posts, and admire your willingness to share honestly about both successes and failures.

September 24, 2010 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger karen said...

Jenna, I found you from a comment made by Rhonda on Down to Earth blog about a year ago and have been reading ever since. Your blog is the first one I read in the morning with my coffee. You are a very good writer and put so much feeling into describing your surroundings it feels like we are there too. Your get up and go attitude is inspiring and I too talk about you as if we know each other in person. I would not change a thing with your blog, we are all looking forward to your journey as it unfolds and you want to share. Have a great weekend! Karen from CT

September 24, 2010 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Moose Nugget said...

I read because it makes me feel like I'm not silly for wantig an edible landscape. Or because I have chickens. Or because I also wanted a goat who ended up teaching a few lessons. Your book and your blog make me feel like I'm not an "old lady" or some dork because I enjoy knitting, crochet, or repurposing something.
I read because it resonates and reminds me that I'm not the only person in the universe grinning like a poop-eating cat when I'm hauling water to chickens in subzero weather.

As for what I'd like to see:
- more stories. And keep the failures posted! Some of your lessons have coincided with mine. Like a hawk or raven taking 6 chickens and 4 turkeys in an evening.
- more reader interaction? I love when you ask opinions or answer a comment. I check back often to see if you did. It makes it feel like it's worth reading.
- SOME recipes. Or patterns. When you make something really cool, it would be nice to know how to do it. I know how to use a percolator now because of your book!
I'd really like to know your soap recipe! I saw some of your bars and they look great. Mine look like chalk.

Moose Nugget

September 24, 2010 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

Jenna...don't change a thing. I found you through my friend and co-worker Judy. Your life is so different from mine that I enjoy reading about all of your adventures. I like the variety of topics and the passion with which you write your daily, sometimes hourly, tasks and triumphs. You turn a good tale Jenna...keep it going...
**Tami

September 24, 2010 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Hi Jenna

I enjoy the 'woolly stuff' that flows from your head down to your fingertips. Don't change a thing. Just be you and do what comes natural to you.

Thanks Jenna for 'inviting' all of us into your life!

Cheryl

September 24, 2010 at 7:30 PM  
Blogger Eleanor said...

I love your honest "this is my life" prose." For those of us whose farm is still in the dream stage, you give us a taste of what is to come! Thank you, Jenna! (And I esp appreciate your honesty about the tough times as well as the joyful moments.)

September 24, 2010 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

I started reading your blog after reading Made From Scratch. I was inspired by your book to get back to basics and try something new. Since reading your book we've gotten 8 chickens, a beehive and increased our garden space. Just keep writing and I'll keep reading, girl you have a way with words.

September 24, 2010 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I love how driven you are. You're an amazing writer and just have a way with words that most people don't have. I love hearing your stories and anything you feel like sharing. I like CAF blog just the way it is! Write for you, not for us. We'll follow anyway!

September 24, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Pennie said...

I found your blog thru another blogger's link about 18 months ago.

Things I like:

Free-flow thoughts and form.
Photographs
Recipes
Brutal honesty
Varying subject matter
Frequent postings

Please don't change a thing.

I visit your blog often, and am NEVER let down by what I find. Your writing style is phenomenal; I can literally feel the softness of the wool, hear the chatter of the birds in the trees, and smell the coffee wafting from the percolator.

I am experiencing a bit of a rough patch in my life right now, and a visit to your site never fails to serve as salve to a sore soul.

Thank you, Jenna.

September 24, 2010 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

JENNA,
"WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?" TO
SUM IT UP IN A FEW WORDS!!! WRITING WHICH IS "RARE", & REALLY
VERY INTERESTING WITH A LOT OF TWISTS, & TURNS MAKING IT A DELIGHT
TO READ WITH A MARVELOUS WRITER JENNA MAKING IT ALL HAPPEN!!!
THANKS SO VERY MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR GIFT, & JOURNEY WITH ALL OF US!!!
BLESSINGS, & CHEERS WITH A HEALTH DRINK!!!
RONNIE THE VERY HAPPY SEAT WEAVER!!!
http://www.chaircaningdirectory.com

September 24, 2010 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Harpy 101 said...

1. Jenna Prose-it's like no other.
2. Honesty.
3. Humility before and awe of nature.
4. "You can do this, too,"
5. Stories, stories and stories.
6. Cool lifestyle extras. LOVE pics of wool creations and recipes!

September 24, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Shelby said...

I read for your voice. It is an authentic voice. What do I look for, want? Nothing other than the priveledge of your graceful writing and authentic voice. Stay true to that voice. It is enough, and then some.

September 24, 2010 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Shelby said...

Oh, and one other thing, I agree with TOm Open. Its time to step up and live off of your writing. You are living poor when this has value. Its not more noble or more valuable to blog for free. I'm with Tom, its time to take the next step. It wont compromise you or the quality of your writing or community.

September 24, 2010 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

Do you want recipes? Yes I think blogger has changed a bit and you can make tabs can't you? I haven't tried it but maybe a tab with your fav recipes?
DIY projects? Oh heck yea.
Stories? Of course! You either piss me off or crack me up most of the time!
Or do you like the freeflow of stuff that spills out of my wooly head? That's how I figure stuff out mostly is letting it spill out then sorting through it.

Mainly I watch you girl, because I wish I had your guts at your age and had started this then instead of when I did at 40+.

September 24, 2010 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Neely & John said...

I want the pattern to that hat!
:)

September 24, 2010 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

Yours is the only blog I read. I read it for inspiration and the sense that in a few years, I CAN make my homestead happen.
But really, it is the posts that capture the humble and utterly mundane beauty of a moment that is at the same time uplifting and enlightening, that I love you for. It's the way you view the world and the way you express that view that makes me care about the rest. And as a result, I care about it all, about your story, the events that string those moments together... Sal, music, fences etc. It's also wonderful (on a more practical level, as someone who will someday have sheep for wool (I'm a weaver and felter), a garden, chickens and horses, and a house and pantry) to be able to share the setbacks, challenges and successes of the day to day reality of the dream.

Kahlil Gibran once wrote (and this may be a slight paraphrase)
"There is a Nirvanah. It is in leading your sheep to new green pastures, in watching your child fall asleep, and in writing the last line of your poem."
You capture the essence of what he expresses.
Thank you.

September 25, 2010 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Manzanita Farms said...

I read your book (twice) and absolutely loved it. Then I found your blog and I have followed it every day. You make the life I dream of living seem possible. Because of you, I now have 5 chickens and a full garden. I use electricity as little as possible and I have "baking a loaf of bread" high on my to-do list. You don't just talk about things, you do them. You are inspiring and courageous. I seriously don't know how you do all the things you do.

I love the "woolly" things that spill from your brain. They are creative, interesting, inspiring. I still go back and read "Barnheart" (amongst others) often and I am moved every time I read it. You have a gift for writing, photos and sharing your adventures. You have a whole family of us here logging in every day to share it with you. Don't change a thing.

September 25, 2010 at 12:20 AM  
OpenID wendyusuallywanders said...

I read your blog because you remind me of myself years ago. I moved from a cabin to a farm in Vermont. After 18 years in my underground house with homestead and CSA farm, I retired. I love your pics and stories and pretty much everything on your blog. Just keep being yourself :-)

September 25, 2010 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Honestly, it's your prose that I come for most. I'm expecting a lot coming up, because now we are in the autumn of the year and I know you'll wax lyric about your favorite season.

I also like the pictures you take of the scenery around you- you live in such a beautiful place. You also take beautiful pictures.

And then following along in your country life is fun- I get a vicarious taste of it.

Mostly the prose, though. I sure wish you'd write a novel....

September 25, 2010 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger ms lottie said...

It's kind of a funny question to ask because if I didn't enjoy you I wouldn't be reading you!! I like all the variety, and I respect the way you write about your mistakes (we all make those). Love the photos. And write what you enjoy writing - if you're not true to yourself, it'll show and you won't keep writing because you won't enjoy it ...downward spiral.

September 25, 2010 at 2:53 AM  
Blogger Wandering Moose Farms said...

Wandering around the internet one day I happened upon CAF and I have never left. I am walking a similar path and it is refreshing to know that we are not going this alone.

Don't change a thing!

September 25, 2010 at 4:59 AM  
Blogger Mud Mama said...

I read because we're travelling the same kind of path and I came to you through Made From Scratch. I really admire your vision and clarity and honesty. What else do I want? I'd like more on the financial ramifications, costs, especially now when you aren't making money from your flock.farm.

September 25, 2010 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I read because I am living vicariously (is that spelled right?) through you. I yearn for the lifestyle you are living, but instead live in the city. I grew up on a farmette that my parents didn't do anything with, and always dreamed of really doing the "farm thing", but I don't know if I'd have the discipline you have to truly make it happen. Plus I am married now to a true city boy who is not quite sold on moving to the country. It also feels comforting to know there are people out there who actually want the same things I do. It's hard to find "country people" in the city! I will be especially interested in any posts you share about Gibson's training because dog training is an interest of mine...Keep on keepin' on!

September 25, 2010 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

WOW, Jenna! 113 comments are here for your encouragment, before I post mine. 113 wonderful comments that you should read each time you get a piece of un-fan mail. Your readers love you.

Why do I read? Because your writing gives me goosebumps, reading one of your entries is like wrapping my favorite quilt all around me. I don't know much about the technical terms and such of writing a piece, but I know that your work is PHENOMENAL! I like the mix that you have going on right now, pictures, videos, recipes, information about going ons, mistakes, advice, updates...I guess I'm a fan of the wooly head. :)

September 25, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger The MO Farmers Daughter said...

Hi Jenna,I purchased your book at Orchleans Farm and Home Suppuly,after I started reading Mary Janes Farm Mag,and I realized that I had lived this life my entire life and did not realize that it was cool or that you could have a career just being yourself.Thank you for makeing me feel worththy,and lifting my self esteem,and makeing me feel cool,like I am a cool girl worth loveing.thanks,carol

September 25, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I like to read about your care of the farm animals, their mischief and your adventures on the farm. Pics are great (more geese please :-)) and I like rooting for you! I catch up at least once a week.
I have Barnheart but not the ability or energy so I enjoy following your days~

September 25, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger erislaughs said...

I like your honesty, I know you keep much heartache and embarrassment from us, but you reveal a lot of those things which I find refreshing and interesting.

I like it when you talk about gardening, your sheep and your dog. I like your dreams and recipes. I like your strange obsession with October and how cinematic your writing is.

That's it.

September 25, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger erislaughs said...

I like your honesty, I know you keep much heartache and embarrassment from us, but you reveal a lot of those things which I find refreshing and interesting.

I like it when you talk about gardening, your sheep and your dog. I like your dreams and recipes. I like your strange obsession with October and how cinematic your writing is.

That's it.

September 25, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger rachel whetzel said...

WOW! You have a LOT of readers!! I didn't know you had a BOOK too!! I read your blog because I love reading about REAL people who do REAL things. I also love reading about other farmers and their lives. I don't remember where I found you, but I've been reading ever since. Love your photos and all the subjects you write about.

September 25, 2010 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger fersher said...

I used to read only every once and awhile. Then, when you were still renting at your old place, you were talking about the day's events and you referred to one of your geese as being an "asshole," I thought, 'Oh, yes, I can totally relate." Having a few roosters at the time I understood EXACTLY where you were coming from. I think it was at that point that I considered myself to be an avid reader. Keep up the good work. I love ALL your blog post, whether I can relate or not.

Cheers, Jenna!

September 25, 2010 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger ddu said...

I like photos of Gibson, whose eyes shine with the light of an old soul. I like your independent spirit sharing the homestead with your community ethos. My son (16) wants to forge some nails to send you for your barn, which suggests we are all looking for community and an individual role to play in the great dance. You help us believe it can happen. Best wishes! Donna in NC

September 25, 2010 at 5:17 PM  
OpenID nytesong said...

I like the stuff that falls out of your head...lol. Especially the everyday mundane bits of things that you do during your day. Even if it doesn't seem exciting to you....I find it very interesting...because after all...even though I do mundane things too...I don't do them on a farm!

September 25, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger ktclarke said...

I read because you write. And you, my friend, are a damn good writer. I guess I would also say that I follow your blog because you have a lifestyle that I admire and might even strive for one day, but really (and this is going to sound awful and I know you hate it when your setbacks and struggles are so overly exposed) I love your blog because it is so brutally honest. Whenever I am having a shitty day because of my workywork or this damn broken house that we are intent on fixing, I always think back to your life and think, well at least I don't' have to deal with a Houdini goat.

September 25, 2010 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger Marial said...

Hi Jenna, I read your blog because I too am a (so far unpublished)young(ish) female writer in the first few years of scratching a farm out of nothing (nursery/flower farm/market garden). I love to read about the path of someone like me going through the same challenges and struggles, and take inspiration from your successes. Thank you!!!

September 25, 2010 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger fletchers99 said...

Jeanna, You are a very talented writer. I enjoy your adventures and stories. Since I am a suburban mom with a wicked case of barnheart, this blog helps get me through till I can live the dream too :)

September 26, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger fletchers99 said...

oops - I apologize for spelling your name wrong in my first comment - p.s. I think recipes would be great, in particular your bread recipe.

September 26, 2010 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

I read your blog because I had a similar dream in your age, namely self-sufficiency through raising my own food and whatever else I could "harvest" at home. I enjoyy reading about how you are bringing your dream into reality, I think this is exactly what (especially) younger people should hear about. So many younger people waste away their life on TV, video games etc, it is a breath of fresh air to read about a younger person with motivation.

September 26, 2010 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Jaquandor said...

I found your book purely by chance on the New Books shelf at the library, and I loved it. Found the blog right after -- I can't remember if I had to Google your name, or if the book had the URL in it. Probably the latter. I've had a growing interest in "DIY" stuff for the last few years, owing to my day job. I've read your blog ever since!

September 26, 2010 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Meghan said...

Jenna- I love the combination of photos, "how-tos," and stories that you include in your blog, but mostly I read it because I am constantly amazed at how motivated you are to realize your dream, while still working a full time job. It is inspiring to read about how you spent your weekend,and makes me attack the coop cleaning and rock picking and garden planning with renewed energy. It is infinitely more enjoyable to hear about your successes and learning experiences than to read about how people with money decide to "go back to the land" and just buy a farm and pay people to make it perfect. I was so impressed that you were able to deal with the hoop jumping and hard core money saving in order to make your own place a reality. As someone who moved from VT to ID and thinks about moving back, your blog is also a nice reminder of home. Thank you for keeping up with it and sharing your life.

September 26, 2010 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I can honestly can not remember how I found your blog but I am so glad I did.
You are letting all of us into your life and sharing your experiences - both good and bad. We are all learning from you and right along with you.
On some level, we all want a better life. For some of us, and probably just about all the people who read your blog, that life is a farm life. A homestead life, or just a more sustainable life.
To read about you doing these things, and keeping a 9 to 5 job, and buying your own farm, is proof that it can be done.
Thank you.

September 27, 2010 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Lorri said...

I like reading how things are going at the farm - I learn from what you're doing, and absorb it in the hopes that learning from others, even online, will help us (my fiance and I) when we finally get our place. The stuff that surrounds the farm is great, also, because it's a farm - not an island!

September 27, 2010 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Nicole Donovan said...

The pictures are always beautiful (what kind of camera do you have?) , and the stories always make me smile. As a single mother of two children, two dogs, 3 feral cats, 3 friendly cats, and 18 chickens, I love ready about another woman living her dream. I hope to own my land someday and have some sheep and goats, but until then I learn from you. I love the recipes and the guidance as you learn. Your insight always reminds me of how all the beauty is present in the imperfections.

September 27, 2010 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I feel like you're an old friend I don't see much. I admire what you're doing, carving that farm out by yourself, and cheer you on. I enjoy seeing (in photos and prose)the ups and downs of being a smallholder. You help inspire me to get out into my garden, and reassure me that a more basic tie to the land is still possible for us all. I love traditional music (and dance) and would love to see a few more recommendations. Once in a while I'm not interested in a post, but the vast majority hold me...and yours is one of the blogs I check first when I look at my blogroll.

Keep it up, hang in there, and thanks for sharing!

September 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Ohiofarmgirl said...

Because we "farm-y" types need to stick together

You're doing a great job, baby.
:-)

September 27, 2010 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I love reading your blog/journal/story because it has taught me that I can do this too. I am not the only "crazy" one out there! I think I use your blog as a reference for the future for me :]

September 28, 2010 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Westfarm Goat Mom said...

I love reading your adventures as they remind me of myself 20 years ago. I'm still not as self-sufficient as I'd like to be, but you are a great motivation. I particularly like your stories and the stuff that pours out of your "wooly head". Pictures are always fun.

September 28, 2010 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Lemon Lover said...

Hi Jenna!

I read your article in Mother Earth News almost a year ago and I was hooked! I read your blog at least twice a week if not more. I'm only 17, but I know that what you're doing is my dream. Reading about your life makes me see that it is possible, even if it is sometimes hard. Thank you so much!!

October 3, 2010 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

Wow! A lot of comments.
I'd love seeing more recipes. I use your Three-Hen Quiche recipe ALL the time and I love it!
I love seeing all the pictures and seeing how you're building up your farm from scratch. It's what I hope to do someday and seeing you do it gives me that hope. Thank you!

October 6, 2010 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Jasmine said...

also, and I know Im both double posting and posting a month or so later.... but come winter, as a woman with a husky and a pair of skis, I would love to hear more about Jazz and Annie and your kicksled. (Like possibly where you got it or how to build one????)

October 14, 2010 at 3:32 PM  

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