Wednesday, June 15, 2011

stay tuned, darling.

A few photos by Tim Bronson, the rest are mine.

95 Comments:

Blogger Piper said...

Jenna, once again you've made me cry. I am so damned proud of you. Thanks for reminding us that the road to our dreams may not be easy, but it sure is worth the adventure. Thank you so much for letting us share in this life of yours.

June 15, 2011 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

Well done, Jenna. So proud of how far you've come and can't wait to see how far you can go.

June 15, 2011 at 12:42 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

I loved the film, its hard to believe you did all that in one year. You are amazing. Thanks for letting us into your world, its a beautiful place.

June 15, 2011 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger Bethany Burgess said...

Perfect song choice. You are brilliant and an inspiration. I showed this to my husband and he said it made him "emotional." We are also in our late 20s, but are unfortunately “presently sifting through take out menus in our current metropolis.” Well, an Alaskan semi-metropolis. We cling with fervor to our schemes of buying land back in the midwest and moving towards self sustaining. Your year in recap and ending of "So Can You!" gives us hope that dreams are possible. Thank you!

June 15, 2011 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger julie said...

Fantastic, A hell of a lot in a year Jenna, Well done.

June 15, 2011 at 2:26 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

Brilliant Jenna, absolutely brilliant!

June 15, 2011 at 3:40 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Yes Jenna, well done.

June 15, 2011 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Jenna, you made me cry too. You and I are the same age, in different countries, and every day you amaze me with how much you get done through sheer determination and commitment.

PS I saw the pictures of Pig and thought, Pig! how did I already forget about her? that you managed to sneak in a whole new species there and succeed is amazing. hats off to you, woman! Can't wait to buy & read Barnheart.

June 15, 2011 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

Nicely done Jenna! So much has happened in this first short year.

June 15, 2011 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Watching your video this am I caught a glimpse of the spirit that spins the earth. Well done, and thanks for inspiring me to keep going when it gets rough....it is all worth it!

June 15, 2011 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger ChickenCrazy said...

You accomplish soooo Much in 1 year!!
When I saw the end of the 'Movie' and the "So can You"
I thought, yeah maybe on day I can.
Thanks for being such an inspiration (;

June 15, 2011 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Karen Smith said...

oh, Jenna! You made me cry! What a beautiful video. You are such an inspiration and a testament to the power of human spirit ~ thank you for sharing your journey and helping me believe it is possible for me, too. Good job, girl! Keep at it. Can't wait to read Barnheart....

June 15, 2011 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

Wow, what a year you've had. So many things going on too. Good for you!!!

June 15, 2011 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

My heart was racing throughout the video. I wish you were my daughter and lived nearby. Your ambitious spirit is contagious.

Without a doubt I'll stay tuned, holding on for dear life as you race through the next years.

Diane in North Carolina

June 15, 2011 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Tora Consolo said...

I'm right alon with Piper - you mademe cry again and you've done another amazing job. I can't wait for the full length movie to come out staring Renee Zelweiger!

June 15, 2011 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

Jenna,
this a beautiful collection of your year. We all know how challenging your winter was, you are a strong woman for never giving up. Now you are reaping the benefits of sticking it out. Your beautiful flock and pony, your handsome border collie, and your amazing farm.

June 15, 2011 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Crying at work AGAIN! I needed that today. It's a kick in the pants and a feeling of such pride and admiration, thank you.

June 15, 2011 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

wow Jenna you really have come so far!! I so proud of you. You made it through crappy gardens, and a crappy winter... and now you're out the other side, and have a pony.
I read your blog every day, thanks for keeping my barnheart warm while I figure out how to get my own darn farm.

June 15, 2011 at 8:50 AM  
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June 15, 2011 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger doglady said...

Hopefully with all you've learned over the last year, the second at CAF will be less filled with drama or at least drama of the negative variety.

June 15, 2011 at 8:56 AM  
OpenID notherethenwhere said...

Very inspiring! It's been a huge inspiration to watch you work your way through all of these new things, and gives me hope that I'll soon be able to step it up a bit more and do the same.

June 15, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger treehuggers kitchen said...

W_O_W

June 15, 2011 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger nicrocco said...

Wow! What an inspiration!

June 15, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Bravo! Look how far you've come! I wish I could hug you right now. I'm crying too, and I'm not the weepy type. Keep it up, you're a force of nature!

June 15, 2011 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Wow, Jenna. So inspirational! You should be very, very, very proud of yourself.

Congrats on a memorable first year and I hope many more to come!

June 15, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

Simply amazing. I now have my small farm and you were part of that inspiration.

June 15, 2011 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger small farm girl said...

Loved it!!!!!

June 15, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger MT said...

Thanks for making me all misty eyed first thing in the morning. So happy for you, lady.

June 15, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Aila said...

Absolutely beautiful, thank you so much for sharing that video with us. It seriously made me cry, but in a good way. Despite all the bad stuff going on, there's hope... and that is really the greatest gift you can give people. Thank you.

June 15, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger jim said...

fantastic job girl, thanks for taking us along everyday through both the ups and downs. Your are an insperation to so many and your ability to pull on your boot straps and keep going is a lesson to all of us. My wife and I are great followers of yours and we now have our five acres complete with house and barn. thanks Jenna

June 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Thanks for the tears and for empowering so many of us to find our dreams.

Deb in Big Rapids, MI

June 15, 2011 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Thanks for the tears and for empowering so many of us to find our dreams.

Deb in Big Rapids, MI

June 15, 2011 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Thanks for the tears and for empowering so many of us to find our dreams.

Deb in Big Rapids, MI

June 15, 2011 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Thanks for the tears and for empowering so many of us to find our dreams.

Deb in Big Rapids, MI

June 15, 2011 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger redbird said...

Glorious, well done!

June 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Jenna! You are just such an inspiration. I honestly feel you'll accomplish anything you ever want to do. I'm in awe and extremely proud of your accomplishments and grateful that you allow us to follow along. I am so appreciative. Mimi

June 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Kirsten said...

All through watching this video I kept thinking look at what you made happen Jenna! I hope now and then you get the chance to sit down for a little while and enjoy your accomplishments. Can't believe you've written another book and you bake bread as well! Here's to many happy years of success at CAF!

June 15, 2011 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Rock out! You are my hero Jenna! Thank you for being a constant inspiration. <3

June 15, 2011 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger avw said...

What a wonderful film and what a great way to celebrate a fantastic adventure, tough days and all. Congrats on all you've accomplished, it's completely inspiring!

June 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger georgie said...

This just makes my heart sing. Your courage, strength and determination are admirable. Thank you for sharing your adventures and joys with us.

June 15, 2011 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Yep, I cried! Thank you for such an inspiring video. I hope it reminded you and re-inspired you to continue along this journey. I need people like you to know that I am not crazy for wanting all the same things and more. You are great and I look forward to your blog (and your books!) every day. Think of all the people's lives you have changed! Mine for one. Thank you Jenna!

June 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger jen said...

Awesome, Jenna! I also got very emotional - wow!

June 15, 2011 at 11:28 AM  
Blogger Sonya --Dime Store Thrift said...

Started weeping halfway through the video...happy tears and so excited for the future! Blessings to you dear Jenna,
Sonya

June 15, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Sharon Delman said...

Brilliant, Jenna. I know it's been a tough year but you've come far. This shows just how much you have to proud of. I can't wait to see what the next year will bring!

June 15, 2011 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Christee said...

How absolutely beautiful Jenna! It all started for me reading an article in Mother Earth News that you wrote to light my fire. I am fully inspired by your accomplishments and am working to have my own. Keep up the good work!

June 15, 2011 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Carrie in Wisconsin said...

Is there a "love" button for this video? :) That was so inspirational it made me cry a little. Love you Jenna!

PS. Love the music, who's the artist?

June 15, 2011 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Sue Steeves said...

God damn girl! It's a good thing I work from home otherwise I would have have been sobbing in the middle of an office! I am still teary eyed.....I am just so darn proud of ya. You give me, the dog, the bantams and the rabbits hope that we too can get out of this urban backyard and into our own piece of dirt. Cyber hugs darling.

June 15, 2011 at 12:42 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Thank you all, it was a late night putting it together.

The song is Sigus Ros,

Inní mér syngur vitleysingur

Icelandic. I have no clue what they are saying.

June 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Heidi said...

totally inspiring jenna! you should be so proud of yourself for all of your accomplishments, especially this past year and with such a trying winter. looking good girl! keep it up :)

June 15, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger South Brunswick Public Library Blog said...

This film was the absolute best! Well done! Not that I know much about these things but it sure looks great to me! Loved it!

June 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger jenomnibus said...

Jenna, Your focus and perserverence are really amazing. You've accomplished more in a year than most people do in a lifetime. Anytime I'm being lazy, I just think about all that you do in a day and it helps me re-energize. Thanks for taking us along with you!

June 15, 2011 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Kimberlie Ott said...

WHAT A YEAR!!! You made what was gut wrenching look, with hindsight, doable..........and you did it girl, you did it! Great music behind your story, great story behind the girl:) Loved Sal smiling, and also PIG!!!! Hoping your summer is full of light and beauty......you deserve a breather! Love who you are! Again, thanks!!!

June 15, 2011 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Tarheelbilly said...

Wow. That was really moving. Great job, Jenna. Congrats on your accomplishments.

June 15, 2011 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger CallieK said...

Count me in the weepy bunch- and I don't even have barnheart (well maybe just a little).

June 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Jenna, this was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen! I teared up particularly at the last photo of the seedling. That's what farming is all about - the promise of new beginnings happening over and over again. The best part is the thing that changes and experiences the most renewal is the farmer. You couldn't keep me from reading your blog if you tried! It's a daily pleasure and I thank you!

June 15, 2011 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger damnyankee said...

Brava Jenna. I think you're fabulous.

June 15, 2011 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

There is an old joke about a scientist observing two little boys. One little boy is in a room full of presents, big and small and beautifully decorated. He tears into the nearest gift, looks at it and tosses it aside. He tears into the next gift, looks at it and tosses it aside. He continues and opens all the wonderful gifts in the room and then sadly says, "Is that it? Aren't there any more?"

In the next room, the researcher sees another little boy. His room is filled waist-deep with horse manure. He's laughing, rolling in it and tossing it up in the air. The researcher is intrigued. He asks, "Son, why are you so happy?" The boy says,
"With this much poop, there's got to be a pony in here somewhere!"

Congratulations on finding your pony, Jenna.

June 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

Good job, Jenna! I think you should do this each spring; if for no other reason than to remind yourself how far you have come.

June 15, 2011 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Cary said...

Tears in my eyes. Love taking the journey with you. You are lovely. Happy First Year Dear!

June 15, 2011 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger The Village Queen said...

Very cool Jenna, made me cry too. What a year youve had and its so great to see it finish with a full garden and lamb babies and a great dog whos getting smarter every day. What pride you must feel for you have done it by yourself, for yourself. Anyone who comes into your life will be gravy and damn lucky to find you! Thanks so much!

June 15, 2011 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Jenna -
Check out www.farmaggedonmovie.com
I don't know if this documentary will play in my small town but it is another example of why homesteaders and family farmers are so important. If you get to see it, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

June 15, 2011 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger Marci said...

I LOVED this. I am reading your book, Made From Scratch right now. From those beginnings to see where you are now.... it made me cry tears of joy for you. We too live on a farm and were city slickers. :)
www.amazinggrazefarm.com

I sent you a message on facebook asking you permission for something. :)

June 15, 2011 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger cindycolombo said...

Jenna, you made me cry, again. Sitting here at yet another bad day at one of the most stressful jobs I have every had. When some days our farm seems forever away, your blog makes it seem possible, and gives me the energy to do my chores some days when I would rather just curl up and give up, and I am always glad I did because it is always what I needed to pull me out of my work stress. I always think to myself, Jenna would do it, she wouldn't go home and sit on the couch.
You are an inspiration!!!

June 15, 2011 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

your "check up" videos always make me cry good tears for you! gust give er!!!!!

June 15, 2011 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

damn!
pat yourself on the back… you deserve it!

June 15, 2011 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger goatgirl said...

Bravo!

June 15, 2011 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger shepherdkelly said...

jenna
i just started following you not long ago and i am so freakin proud and inspired of you! You almost made me cry. everything is just lovely and you rock!
Kelly

June 15, 2011 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger chesapeake said...

well.

that made me cry.

congratulations and thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking us on this journey with you.

June 15, 2011 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

That was absolutely awesome! You are an inspiration in so many ways and on so many levels!

June 15, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger gen said...

Holy crap, that was amazing. Stunning, stunning work. :)

June 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger hlbrack said...

Amazing. I have goose bumps. What a year you have had, Jenna. Even with all of the trials and errors and wintry madness, what a year! Can't wait to see what you accomplish next.

June 15, 2011 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Nice shout out from Jon at Bedlam Farms.

Don't worry about slowing down though. I guarantee he was just like that when he was younger. He just can't remember - That's what happens when you get older :) I know, it's happened to me too.

Just go forth at your own pace and conquer!!

June 15, 2011 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

Love it. Just love it - look at all you've accomplished! As I watched the video, Iron & Wine's "Wolves (Song of the Shepherd's Dog)" was on and I though you would think it was fitting. :)

June 15, 2011 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

And b/c I had Iron & Wine on, didn't even realize you had picked a Sigur Rose song for it. Will go watch again with the right tune, but still think "Wolves" went well with it. :)

June 15, 2011 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

And thank you for taking us along on the journey.

June 15, 2011 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger Tiffrz-N-Kidz said...

AWE-SOME! Truly inspiring. I thank the universe every day that I picked up "Made from Scratch". No, it's not all sunshine and roses. Some days it's poop and stitches. But the sunshine comes back.

June 16, 2011 at 12:44 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Jenna, this is great! I found your blog through Jon Katz. I'm sure you've heard this before, but how brave of you to take this on! I look forward to "staying tuned" and see what the future holds. By the way, what music did you use with the video? Love it!

June 16, 2011 at 6:08 AM  
Blogger Melissa O'Mahony said...

I loved this.

June 16, 2011 at 8:13 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

I'm surprised I didn't cry this time. Instead I sat here grinning like a fool watching your first year fly by. I'm so amazed by all you have accomplished in your young life, and I hope so much that my kids will be as passionate about something(hopefully in farming or sustainability)when they're older. I'll thank you again, and probably a million times more, for allowing us to share in your amazing journey, and for inspiring me to step up to the plate and start living my life authentically. Congratulations on your first full year, and wishing you many more, hopefully less stressful ones to follow!

June 16, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Ruth @ Hope, Joy and Faith Farm said...

I sat here bawling while I watched this. It is wonderful. Your pictures reminded me why I do this crazy thing called farming. Thanks!

June 16, 2011 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Sherrill said...

Oh my. Was I suppose to cry? Well, I did. Like a Mom cry, proud tears.

Today is my youngest (18 yo) daughter's high school graduation, and I know I'll cry again.

I can only wish for her the success like you have shown the world.

June 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Sprite said...

Just when I thought I couldn't be any MORE inspired by you, you've gone and done it again.

June 16, 2011 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger marilyn said...

just discovered you and your amazing life via jon katz. wonderful snapshot of your year on the video. you are the cats as barney fife would say! you will have many more followers now who will keep you close to their hearts and in their prayers. and your border collie is a beauty and will be your bbf.

June 16, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger ddu said...

Brava, Jenna! I'm amazed at how many images I remember from reading your blog the last year or so. Well done, indeed. Gibson is still precious, and Pig lives forever in a little fatty corner of my heart heart heart. Best wishes!

June 16, 2011 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger Cortney said...

Wow. Do you have any idea how inspiring you are! Keep it up, don't stop fighting and all the luck in the world to you and your farm!

June 16, 2011 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger rabbit said...

so, SO, lovely. my eyes are full to the brim, and it was so uplifting and encouraging. well done, you should be oh so proud of yourself. i know i'm amazed and proud of you as are all your devoted readers im sure. you accomplished so much in a short 365 days - keep going!

June 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM  
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June 17, 2011 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Elijah said...

Hello Jenna - I just stumbled upon your blog and watched this video in the open showroom of the Audi dealership where I punch in and out on a daily basis and nearly gushed. I had to look away and compose myself. What a great short.

Thank you for fueling the dream,

Elijah

June 17, 2011 at 5:45 PM  
Blogger Jenny Paurys said...

Totally teared up at the end. Represent!

June 18, 2011 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger Knit Picky Knitter said...

So awesome Jenna - I just want to give you a big ole bear hug and a back massage!!!!

June 18, 2011 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Lissa B. said...

Jenna, so beautiful and moving. I didn't know I could be so invested in a garden and some sheep and a woman I've never met before. I posted this video on my blog and linked it back to you. Hopefully more people following your blog and buying your books will help more of your dreams come true...maybe a legal chimney? Best wishes! http://fabulousfarmgirl.blogspot.com/

June 18, 2011 at 10:47 PM  
OpenID mollymakesdo said...

This amazing and inspiring! Keep going, I will too!

June 19, 2011 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger jen said...

So inspirational!! I'm so glad I found you.

June 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger kristin said...

Crying at work! That was beautiful and inspirational. thank you.

June 29, 2011 at 12:11 PM  
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June 29, 2011 at 12:12 PM  

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