Thursday, April 14, 2011

a small favor?

I have a small favor to ask? I am currently working on a project with my publisher, and they asked me if it would be possible to get quotes from blog readers about why they read Cold Antler Farm? They want to use it for possible promotional materials, back covers of books, that sort of thing. Would you guys be willing to share in the comments why you check in on this random farm in Upstate New York and how/if the stories of this shepherd effect you in any way? You never know, you could find what you type here on the back of a book jacket! (With your permission, of course.)

106 Comments:

Blogger 17th stitch said...

I read Cold Antler Farm because Jenna's a great writer and the blog is both funny and honest. I don't aspire to live her life, but I love reading about it: everything from the plumbing disasters to the chicks coming by mail to the training of her sheep dog. She has a great way of describing both the highs and the lows of her life with gentle humor and resignation. I also love the fact that she blogs pretty much every day.

April 14, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Gail said...

I read Cold Antler's blog for Jenna's insightful and thought provoking writing. Well, and I want to know what happens next.

April 14, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger positivity found said...

I read coldantlerfarm because I feel comfort in knowing someone else is going through similar joys and struggles. I am touched by the small moments you choose to share with us because I feel like I am not alone, like I am sitting next to the farm's wood stove with a handsome pup curled at my feet.

April 14, 2011 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger The Weekend Homesteader said...

Jenna has pluck, determination and fortitude. She takes her punches with grace and humor. When I groan because I have to get up at 4:30 am to check on baby rabbits, I think of Jenna getting up every two hours to check for baby lambs.

April 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger sugarwood thoughts said...

Following Jenna's challenging adventure and rooting for her success. Entertained and informed by all the day by day stories. Of course, I love animals too!

April 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM  
Blogger Chppie said...

The blog makes me laugh, cry and gives me great insight into a life almost the complete opposite of my own. Jenna is such a good writer; she really makes you feel her life, hopes and dreams.

Thanks for blogging! And I love the weekend photos too.

April 14, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Cricket McRae said...

The daily adventures at Cold Antler Farm are inspirational in their ups and downs. Jenna's determination to learn, sacrifice, and work her tail off in order to raise her own sustainable and humanely treated meat gives me hope in the face of an American food supply increasingly dominated by corporate agri-business.

April 14, 2011 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Mimi's Tapawingo said...

Cold Antler Farm's blog, by Jenna, takes me "through the looking glass" . I never know what to expect, and am never disappointed.

April 14, 2011 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

We're privileged in that Jenna shares her stories with us through the Cold Antler Farm blog. Building a farm is a struggle at the best of times, and for Jenna to take the time to so eloquently and honestly write about her experiences takes tremendous dedication; to the labor of farming, to the craft of writing, and to the power of sharing her hard-earned knowledge. It's a generous gift she gives us with every post.

April 14, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Cold Antler Farm attracted me for a number of reasons. First and foremost Jenna is an awesome writer that keeps you hungry for more. She can paint a picture with her words and that touches me. My roots involved caring for a variety of animals so following Jenna's day to day adventures takes me back to happier times as a young boy in rural NC.

April 14, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Ellen Rathbone said...

I can't remember how I stumbled upon Cold Antler Farm's blog, but I found it to be amusing and informative. I've wanted to do my own homesteading but never had the courage...and I have a rural background! So, I follow this blog for courage - if this 20-something city girl can do it, then so can I...once I get a place with a couple acres.

April 14, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger daisy said...

Jenna draws you in with her day-to-day account of life on Cold Antler.
For those of us who are farmer wannabes, we live and learn through her trials and tribulations and celebrate her victories! daisy

April 14, 2011 at 8:41 PM  
Blogger Velma said...

i read your blog because you are feisty, determined, genuine, and energetic in pursuing this dream of a good country/farm life.

April 14, 2011 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger ladybughomer said...

Jenna's blog posts take me out of my urban life in a major world city and into the unpredictable, hectic, peaceful, serene, crazy-making chaos of a small farm. Bliss.

April 14, 2011 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

I've read your blog since reading Made From Scratch. You inspire me with your wit, courage and determination. I've been encouraged to start my own chicken flock, turkeys and bees on our own little two acre plot.

April 14, 2011 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger geoffrey said...

It's authentic, intelligent discourse. It's one of the highlights of my day, I usually learn something, I enjoy the insight, and I am looking forward to raising my own chicks soon!

April 14, 2011 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

Jenna's adventures and misadventures on her small farm give me an honest look into the life of a young farmer. It's refreshing and inspiring reading about her own experiences running a small farm and the energy and determination it takes to do so.

April 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I read Cold Antler because I find Jenna fascinating. She is living her dream and even if farming is not your thing her well written stories about learning and making it happen are so inspiring.

April 14, 2011 at 8:59 PM  
Blogger Katey and Dave said...

I read Cold Antler Farm because Jenna's writing is about taking baby steps toward a fulfilling a dream of self-sufficiency. There are no ultimatums, no guilt for not diving into the homesteading life; instead, gentle encouragement, honesty, and entertainment.

I read Cold Antler Farm with my middle school students because it's a great example of writing with an original and unique voice; because it's an example of writing for an authentic audience; because it runs the gamut of human emotions.

April 14, 2011 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Jenna is a great storyteller. I love to come here every morning to see what she's been doing on her little farm. I enjoy reading about all her animals. The ups and the downs. The good and the bad. The happy and the sad. Because on any farm there are days like that. She has had her share, for sure. But she always triumps over it all. And there is always a moral to all her stories. She encourages me every day. Thank you, Jenna, for all you do. For yourself and for others that read about your life on your little piece of earth.

April 14, 2011 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger candisrrt said...

I started reading Coldantler farm because I came across the book. Made from Scratch at the library. Oh, lord, I loved it so much that I read it 3 times, and then bought the book. I refer to it all the time. I knew from reading her book that I could learn to be more self sufficient. have started a garden, summer, and winter, gettting chickens and just trying to be more self sufficient.

I read the blog and am just fascinated how Jenna has gone from a city dweller to a farmer dweller. Why do I read Coldantler Farm? Because I just love it.

April 14, 2011 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Lara Katherine Mountain Colley said...

I read the Coldantler Farm blog because Jenna shares the real dirt on small farming, and offers a wealth of practical advice and inspiration with wit and humor. She encourages us to follow those agricultural dreams in whatever little steps we can, allowing the small accomplishments toward self-sufficiency to feel huge and feed us as we go.

April 14, 2011 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Ducky said...

I read Cold Antler Farm to follow the ongoing adventure. Jenna shares her journey of living her way into a new life.

April 14, 2011 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

I read Cold Antler Farm because I one day want to lead a life like Jenna's. I found her book Made From Scratch at a local book store. I've always wanted to live like Jenna and be more self sustaining, even more so since I've discovered her blog and get to see what her life is really like.

April 14, 2011 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger DGCS said...

Cold Antler Farm is a reminder of home; I come from farmers, grew up in between farms, but have never really known the struggle and heartache, nor the satisfaction and joy, of farming first hand. Through her words, Jenna's world comes alive in my suburban living room. It's a great to have VIP seating to this sincere, witty, and heartfelt how-to on sustainable living. It's truly an inspiration. Every day.

April 14, 2011 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Fawn said...

I started reading Jenna's blog for educational purposes and inspiration to follow a similar dream of being a little more self- sustainable on my home front. Now, I come because I feel connected and a part of Cold Antler Farm because of Jenna's ability to tell a good story and her openness and honesty about her day to day life.

April 14, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Rurality said...

Reading Cold Antler Farm somehow, magically makes you a co-farmer, a beekeeper, a pig lover, a fence mender, a brave soul, a member of Jenna's countrified cyber family.

April 14, 2011 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Mikaela said...

Jenna's journey towards becoming a shepherd and farmer is at times touching, always interesting and often hysterically funny. She's a natural storyteller and it's great to know that this Gen Y (former) hipster is doing her part to take back our food and the land.

April 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger georgie said...

I read Cold Antler Farm because secretly I've always wanted to have a farm and do what Jenna is doing now. She can share her stories in such a way, that you feel like you are right there with her. I'll never forget her basement flooding/sump pump adventure this winter. We all wanted to help her, and some great folks were able to do so. Jenna's stories of her daily efforts in learning and maintaining livestock and property are awe inspiring!

April 14, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Rabbit said...

Life creates the verse, Cold Antler Farm is hope. We are caring for our corner and it shows!

April 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger melody_cir said...

Jenna has a mix of great story telling, wisdom, perseverance and courage. Plus, she's faithful about blogging. I'm a great-grandmother who grew up on an Upstate NY farm. My lamb was named Pixie, and we had sheep dogs, Twinkle and Dusty that rounded up the cows and geese daily. Reading Jenna's blog helps me recall those joyous times.

April 14, 2011 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Rita said...

I read the Cold Antler blog for excitement. I have actually checked it repeatedly in the night for a possible update on the lambs, plumbing disasters, blizzards, and so forth. I obsess about Jenna and her entourage and pray the furnace will work, the fences will hold and the pullet will survive. Great stuff.
Rita Vail (retired farm girl)

April 14, 2011 at 10:09 PM  
Blogger LJ said...

Jenna's colorful accounts of life on Cold Antler Farm keep me coming back day after day. I live vicariously through her, and feel as though I am learning the ropes right alongside. When I finish catching up with daily life on the farm, I leave with a feeling of inspiration and admiration for this barnhearted woman who is living her dream life.

April 14, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Casie said...

Jenna tells it like it is. Hard work, blood sweat and tears, but at the end of the day it's still all her's. What wonderful inspiration!

April 14, 2011 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger LouisianaMom said...

I'm a reader because I aspire to be more self sufficient, and life at cold antler inspires me to keep taking my baby steps. Jenna's blog is raw, yet eloquent and is how I end most everyday!

April 14, 2011 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Jenna's blog about her farm, Cold Antler, reminds me that homesteading isn't about perfection or having all the answers. I read it because she is honest and down-to-earth as she lets us farm right along with her, sharing the good along with the bad. Jenna's thought-provoking look at self-sufficiency has inspired countless others to work toward the same goals.

April 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Sewing Machine Girl said...

she reminds me of me.

April 14, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger m. said...

I started reading your blog when I ordered Made From Scratch for the store that I work at. When I started reading the blog I wasn't sure if I liked it, but now that I have been following it for awhile I can't get enough, I had to buy a copy of Made from Scratch for myself and I am loving it. I keep wanting more and I feel some strange connection to you and what you have built for yourself. You have made this cozy little place for yourself, there's something so empowering about reading what you have to say. it's funny, heartbreaking and practical all at the same time. If this blog ever gets made into a book I would be the first one to buy a copy. I wish I could go back to the beginning and read it all. Hopefully this is not the strangest blog post that you have ever read. :)

April 14, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Jenna is brave enough to attempt what we haven't yet--an agrarian life of burgeoning self-sufficiency. And she does it whether it makes us laugh, cry, angry, or proud.

April 14, 2011 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Carrie in Wisconsin said...

I love coming to this blog because of Jenna. Her writing pulls you in and makes you feel like you are right there with her on her farm. She's an inspiration to all. I've been addicted since the first day I read her article in MEN and discovered her blog.

April 14, 2011 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Bridget said...

What first attracted me to Jenna's blog was that she is my age. When I realized that she has lived in 5 states in 5 years, started an animal and vegetable homestead from scratch in 3 of those states and has done it all one her own, I was fascinated...AND HOOKED! By the time I got to her present day writings (after a couple of weeks of late night catch-up reading), I decided my city-bred family needed to raise our own egg and meat chickens. With the help of her blog and her books, "Made from Scratch" and "Chick Days", we're well on our way to getting those chicks!

Reading her blog makes you realize that there is a real person behind the mystique of farm life. Things don't always turn out perfectly and the only way to deal with it is to move on and fix what went wrong. Giving up is not an option.
She has given me the drive to seek a way of life I never dreamed I'd want.

April 14, 2011 at 11:29 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

I read Cold Antler Farm blog because of the inspiration that Jenna is. I don't remember how I stumbled upon her but from the first reading, she had me hook, line, and sinker! It's been more than a year ago but because of her wonderful story-telling abilities, I could not get enough. I sometimes read until 2 or 3am to catch up past postings(so I wouldn't miss anything). Even now, I check several times during the day for new postings. My grown daughters are constantly hearing about "my girl"(as if she doesn't have a name)and dragged to the computer to see pictures of the events of CAF. Yeah, she's a keeper!

April 14, 2011 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Aila said...

I read the Cold Antler Farm saga daily because it feels like I've become part of the farm through Jenna's writing. She dreams big dreams, and that's so refreshing to read when so many people in the world now are standing by to tell you why your dreams won't work. I read for my daily dose of "why not?" attitude.

April 15, 2011 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

I live in the city, and spend fifty hours commuting or at the office each week. Every morning, while my co-workers are checking Facebook and discussing reality TV, I sip my first cup of coffee and check to see what's happened at CAF. My husband and I have backyard chickens and a large vegetable garden. I can preserves, gather wild fruit, bake ande cook from scratch. We plan on adding meat rabbits and a top bar hive to the 'homestead' this year. It's a delight to follow someone else finding their own way. Jenna tells it like it is with honesty and humour - sharing her life with her online community - and she makes me feel like I'm not alone in my desire to make a life of my own choosing.

April 15, 2011 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Danielle Williams said...

Reading the Cold Antler Farm blog is like a breath of fresh air in the urban jungle I call home. Her courage and tenacity have allowed me to dream the impossible dream and take my own steps towards a life that, while it may not mirror hers, is my adventure waiting to happen.

April 15, 2011 at 12:39 AM  
Blogger Alyssa O'Leary said...

I lover farming. I grew up in rural Arizona and everyone I knew was raising cattle for food, chickens for eggs and meat, and growing their own veggies...the more I read about it, the more I want to get back into that life myself. Reading about Cold Antler Farm is a good fix until I can have my own farm-- and then, I'll be coming here for tips and advise and good stories still.

April 15, 2011 at 2:15 AM  
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April 15, 2011 at 3:07 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

There's always something to look forward to at Cold Antler Farm; whether it be baby lambs, plumbing disasters, sheep shearing, farmer's markets, escaping sheep... it's never a boring day at CAF. It is, however, always a beautiful day shared with us by a Farm Girl with a full, happy life of love and respect.

April 15, 2011 at 3:11 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Jenna dispels the myth that one must be "to the farm born" to be a real farmer. She shows that with determintation, ingenuity, hard work, and a curious mind, anyone can live out their homesteading dreams. Her grass roots approach of making a difference literally in her own backyard makes the reader beleive they too can help take back the reins of the American food system and solve the problems of large corporate farming. She deserves to wear the title of "Farmer" with pride.

April 15, 2011 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger juliewondergem said...

Jenna's blog gives me hope that what I am working towards is attainable for a girl that DID NOT grow up on a farm. I love the idea of self-sustainability and I have yet to find another blog that shows what is possible when you are willing to work hard to make your dreams reality. Thank you for your inspirational and charming blog, which is helping me pave the way to my own sustainable life as much more of a producer and much less of a consumer. I am grateful to be able to read first hand about the trials and tribulations you struggle with all wrapped inside of wit and moxy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

April 15, 2011 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger City Sister said...

I read because I dream...I live vicariously through her triumphs and trials, through the long days and nights and humor that gets her through the life of a farmer.

April 15, 2011 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Jenna is living the life i can't just yet, but sure would like too. Reading her blog before bed each night is a little slice of contentment and encouragement, sprinkled with just the right amount of funny.

April 15, 2011 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Elise said...

I read the blog (and Made from Scratch) because Jenna's writing and storytelling are real. Not sugar-coated or idealized, but optimistic, persevering, and passionate. Jenna has a writing talent that can accurately convey the gritty and the humorous, the frustration, the ridiculousness, and the joy that occur daily on a farm, and stopping by the blog to see what's happening on Cold Antler is a way validate and affirm my own dreams and small farm. Cold Antler is for me, and many others, a very real, supportive community that makes it seem not so ridiculous to choose wellies over stilettos, home-baked bread over poptarts, and getting covered in straw and muck over going to a club.

April 15, 2011 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger denise said...

I read Cold Antler's blog because she is living my dream---only in a warmer
climate.

April 15, 2011 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Matt_Middleton said...

Jenna and her farm give me a much-needed dose of reality about the ups and downs of farm life. She proves that it CAN be done, if you want it badly enough.

April 15, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Jenna touches that place where dreams live. Her stories have an applicability that draws the reaader in and brings the work and satisfaction of creating a dream to life. The story of Cold Antler Farm is like a serial novel, beautifully written, inspirational, and fascinating even as it details the mundane (like cooking a chicken or baking a pie). Her words seem to say - go for your dreams, you can have the life that you want.

April 15, 2011 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I read Jenna because I love her passion and enthusiasm for her farm, her animals and her music.

April 15, 2011 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Tobi said...

Jenna is living the life I wish I was brave enough to lead.

April 15, 2011 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Bussie, Bessie da Cow, Bitty said...

I read Jenna's blog because by simply documenting her life in her funny and honest way, she is showing the rest of us that it can be done! I see CAF as a working model for my future sustainable life.

April 15, 2011 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger tngaston said...

I read Cold Antler Farm because I admire the lifestyle, the strength, and the beauty - even if I know I can never lead the same life. It inspires me to reach for the dreams I have off the farm, just as Jenna has reached for her dreams, and shared them wonderfully with us all.

April 15, 2011 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

In an increasingly disconnected world, the saga of Cold Antler Farm is daily proof that we still have the ability to sustain ourselves directly from the earth if only we have the love and fortitude to carry on. Jenna's commitment to her farm gives hope to the rest of us, even if our humble efforts are limited to window boxes and organic grocery stores.

April 15, 2011 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I admire a single gal who is half my age--running her own farm and tackling all the work that goes along with that. My husband & myself have a similar farm of our own, & I could never handle by myself all the work & worry that goes along with it. Of course, the pleasure of country life, along with our sheep, chickens and dogs is enough reward to continue on! Carry on Jenna! You are my little inspiration of energy!

April 15, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger paulapooh said...

I read Cold Antler Farm because she lives the life I dream to live. If I were 20 years younger I wouldn't let my fears stand in my way of doing what she has and still is accomplishing.

April 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Jenna's experiences at Cold Antler Farm allow readers to share the excitement of new life, humility of loss and the drama of new challenges along the way. Part enthusiastic entrepreneur and part love story to humble agrarian ways, Jenna's emotional investment in the farm translates across boundaries - bringing readers together to get back to the land.

April 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger alindner said...

While I don't aspire to create my own food or fibers, reading Jenna's beautiful stories and prose make me feel connected to my food, sweaters, and the lovely people who make them

April 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Mama's Thyme said...

After I read "Made From Scratch" I realized that living a more sustainable life is more within reach than I previously thought. I read Cold Antler Farm to continue being inspired and motivated to craft the life I have always wanted to live.

April 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Tamara said...

Cold Antler lets me dream of one day living more "off grid" and helps me to connect with my food and fibre. I love the honesty in her writing and although I don't think I will ever be a farmer, rancher, or shepherd Jenna's blog shows that it is possible to make drastic life changes to follow your dream.

April 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Anny said...

Cold Antler Farm and Jenna are not just a blog I read but another member of my family. Her joys, struggles, dreams, and heartaches touch my life deeply. As a person who dreams of one day having my own homestead/farm I relish in her stories, I cry with her, laugh with her, and dream with her. What's going on at Jenna's farm is a daily conversation around our house. When one mentions "Jenna's lambs were born" or "Gibson got into something today" we don't have to ask who we are talking about - everyone knows Jenna and talks about her like she is one of the family. Her honesty, maturity, and willingness to work hard for her dreams inspires me to do the same.

April 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger GirlSavorsLife said...

In the midst of a hectic lifestyle I believe our soul searches for simplicity. A five minute break in my day to read Jenna's blog and I can almost smell the clean, fresh air and hear hens softly clucking. A serene photo or a story about her sheepdog, Gibson, inspires me to reach for my own "country living" no matter where I live.

April 15, 2011 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Toby said...

A dose of home-grown reality.

April 15, 2011 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger MilkMaid09 said...

It's great to find other young (women!) people who aspire to be farmers. There aren't too many people -30 that forgo the dreams of a big job in a big city for the hard, quiet, simple life of the country.

April 15, 2011 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger M said...

I read Cold Antler Farm blog because she (Jenna) is living the life I have always dreamed of living but never did.

April 15, 2011 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger M said...

I read Cold Antler Farm blog because she (Jenna) is living the life I always dreamed of living but never did.

April 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger shessman said...

Jenna inspires me to become better. She is kind enough to share her experiences and knowledge with the world. Her style of writing speaks to her audience. Plus, we all love to hear about her success AND failures.

April 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Speaktrue said...

I read Jenna's blog Cold Antler Farm each day to give me hope that there are people in this world following their passion and nurishing the themselves, others and the earth, even when it is darn hard.

April 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

I found this blog quite by accident and consider it a very fortunate accident.
She has such a nice wit and sense of humor and it comes out in her writing of the day to day events of life on a farm.
You rock, Jenna.

April 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger Jenny Lee said...

Reading Cold Antler Farm is like sitting around the fire with an old friend, sipping on cider, and listening to stories. Jenna's writing is warm, honest, and inspiring.

April 15, 2011 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger ddu said...

Why read Cold Antler? Because that's where Gibson lives!

April 15, 2011 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger FC said...

I read Cold Antler Farm because I am a wannabe. I live vicariously through Jenna's exploits even though I will never experience them myself.

April 15, 2011 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger FC said...

I read Cold Antler Farm because I am a wannabe. I live vicarioulsy through Jenna's exploits even though I will experince few of them myself.

April 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Natasha said...

I read Cold Antler Farm because it makes me happy and inspires me to roll up my sleeves, head outside, and thank my lucky stars for all the good coming my way and the bad for the lessons I will learn. Reading Jenna's blog gives me the comfort of cozying up under my favorite quilt in front of the fireplace. It just makes you feel good. And lastly, Jenna is an inspiration to all women out there. Our current day Rosie - doing it all and better yet, making us laugh and smile with her.

April 15, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger mandy_farmer said...

I read Cold Antler Farm because it's like checking to see how your friend is doing. When I first stumbled onto this blog, I read the entire archive in a day. I can't go a day without checking it. It's addictive. And what can I say? She has great taste in music.

April 15, 2011 at 6:55 PM  
Blogger Manzanita Farms said...

I tune into Cold Antler Farm every day because of Jenna. She "is" Cold Antler Farm. Her passion, drive and energy are inspirational. She takes you along for the ride, the highs and the lows, the shattering and the surreal. You live it with her.Jenna is such a gifted writer. She has made me laugh, made me cry and sometimes taken my breath away with a thought or a line that pierces the heart.

April 15, 2011 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger ThePinkPummeler said...

I read Cold Antler Farm to believe that my dreams too can be realized with faith, hope, hard work, and good friends.

April 15, 2011 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

I get to have the farming experience I've always longed for vicariously through Jenna and Cold Antler Farm. A lot of the blogs I follow are written by young women with babies or home schooled children. I have more in common with Jenna even though I'm old enough to be her mother or worse.

April 15, 2011 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Jenna is doing exactly what I want to do, and reading her blog gives me the courage to do it. Sometimes it's scary to follow your dreams when you're a single girl in your 20s, but reading about Jenna's journey helps me know that I'm not alone, and I'm not crazy! Thanks for giving me the little push I needed to be a single girl home-owner with chickens in the backyard!

April 15, 2011 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

I found Jenna's Made From Scratch at my local bookshop. I devoured it for it's wit and humor and her unabashed view of herself, she sees the honest mistakes as growth and moves forward! I jumped to her blog, listed on the jacket of her book and finished the archives in only a week or so. A wonderful day to day, in the life of someone who sees making a differance as important and doable! It is such an encouragement to see that not every young person wants to be tied to an electronic video game, but is really achieving sucess in reaching the goals she has listed for herself. Love this blog!

April 15, 2011 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Goyle said...

I read Cold Antler Farm for the true realism. It shows all sides of the story (not just the sterilized, shiny, happy, fantasy farm). It tells of birth and death. Of successes and failures. The kickass sense of humor rocks as well...

April 15, 2011 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

These are so wonderful.....

You made my day.

April 15, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Lorrie said...

I love reading about Cold Antler Farm because the way Jenna writes is so honest and true; sometimes I am laughing out loud and other times I am just speechless. I, too, would like to feel that I had some bigger part in the food that goes into the mouths of me and my family. I appreciate her advice for people who are just starting out, like to take small steps and build on them over time so that you develop the 'muscles' needed for successful homesteading. When I read her blog, I feel like I am checking in with an old friend.

April 15, 2011 at 11:40 PM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

I read Cold Antler Farm because I find it very inspiring and informative. I would love to have a farm of my own one day, and reading about Jenna's adventures inspires me to keep towards that (even in the smallest ways), while teaching me new things. I love that Jenna is honest about her mistakes because it reminds me that you don't have to be perfect at anything to love it and still do a great job. The music, cooking, and crafts posts are also interesting and refresh my creativity.

April 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger jen said...

I check in at Cold Antler Farm to quench my thirst for homesteading. Reading Jenna's words give me the vicarious thrill of welcoming in new life, struggling to make a go of things, and finding the peace of working hard to make a life worth living.

April 16, 2011 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Cathi said...

To see a world I would probably never see otherwise and to remind myself where we all came from and where all our food should come from now.

April 16, 2011 at 10:35 PM  
Blogger Calico said...

I love how Jenna not only shares her life with us, but encourages us to share with her.
Because Of her, I consider myself a homesteader-in-training.I might not have the farm animals right now, but I can garden the heck out of my back yard.
I might not have animals yet, but
I've got a garden and access to craft stores so I will learn to can and pickle and weed and knit while my livihood
doesn't depend on it. Thanks to Jenna, I know its possible, the only question is when.

April 16, 2011 at 10:41 PM  
Blogger Irma said...

I read your blog because you're doing what I haven't yet found the courage to do myself.

April 17, 2011 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger Karen Sue said...

I happened upon Cold Antler Farm by chance, and was hooked. I went back and read all the entries from the start and now it is on my daily check-in list. It's the real adventures, not just the good, happy, easy stuff. It's the encouragement to do as little or as much as you would like toward being on your own, raising your own, loving your own. Sheep, chickens, rabbits, goats, vegetables, even some cooking...the experiences are all here for you to learn from and appreciate.

April 17, 2011 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger DaShannon said...

Even though I can't live off my land at the end of the day it's nice to read about someone else who is. It reconnects me to my food and gives me a newfound respect for the animal and a more sustainable farmer. Carry on!

April 17, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Cold Antler Farm's blog offers all the agony and ecstasy involved in running a small enterprise. Packed with humor, sometimes tears, Jenna doesn't hold back when it comes to describing how she lives her dream.

April 17, 2011 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

It is so inspirational to read about a girl around my age, living her dream. I too have the farming dream that I am working towards. I also simply love to read about her farm, animals and music. I have learned here that there is joy from hardship and the struggles make the end result that much better.

April 17, 2011 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

I can't remember why I started reading the Cold Antler Blog. I started over 2 1/2 years ago because it was around the time I planted a porch garden. I read the posts as often as she posts them because her lifestyle is so different from mine. Her blog is an escape for me, a chance to daydream about owning my own old farmhouse and land, planting my own real garden. I also admire her style and ease of writing. Who needs a TV with descriptions like she writes? Now if only she could post in tasteovision or smellovision!

April 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

(for Jenna's publisher) I check in at Cold Antler Farm every morning for a daily peek at what I hope my future will be - a self sustaining lifestyle. Jenna's words remind me it's not all going to be a Martha Stewart kind of perfection. It's going to be muddy and smelly and occasionally gross, but that's ok.

(for Jenna) Hey, if you need book reviewers, let me know. I write for a green lifestyle mag in the Midwest, Radish (http://www.radishmagazine.com) and we cover a lot of the same kind of stuff you do. Work email is swren@qconline.com

April 18, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Jamie Elfrank said...

Jenna is a wonderful writer. Her successes and failures are depicted with refreshing honesty and wit. You can't help but cheer her on as she recounts her daily adventures on the farm.

April 18, 2011 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Sarah Rachelle said...

I read Cold Antler Farm blog because what Jenna writes about touches on so many people's hopes and dreams, including mine. She's living the homesteading dream out in real time. So we're able to experience every heartbreak, every lesson learned, every triumphant success. And it's not all about her own life either. She offers encouragement and nudges, a forum for all of us to participate - to get off our duffs and make our own dreams come true one step at a time.

Thanks, Jenna!

April 18, 2011 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

It was when I first read Jenna's thoughts on hand-grinding coffee, that I knew I wanted to read more. It inspired me to not only find a hand grinder of my own, but to also explore more possibilities of what I could do with my own two hands. Reading the adventures of Cold Antler Farm provides a way from me to feel connected with others that are living and experimenting life in a similar fashion. Barnhearts Unite.

April 18, 2011 at 8:46 PM  
Blogger The Ohio Natural Fiber Network said...

I've been checking out the blog first thing each morning since I discovered the farm through "Made From Scratch". There are a lot of "back to the land" books and blogs out there, but it's really a pleasure to read one from somebody is is walking the walk and not just talking the talk. The good, the bad and the ugly are all there each morning, leaving me with a true taste of farming.

April 19, 2011 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Karen Smith said...

I read Cold Antler Farm's blog because it's well written and about real life in all its gritty glory ~ the good, the bad, the glorious, and the heartbreaking. There is nothing contrived here... everything is honest and from the heart. Love it!

April 21, 2011 at 3:49 PM  

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