Thursday, February 16, 2012

let's catch up

This is a video of the first year at the Jackson Farm, from closing day through the first winter, spring, and summer. From Gibson to Jasper. If you're new to this blog, consider it our introduction.

Nice to meet you, I'm jenna. Welcome to the farm!

60 Comments:

Blogger Stacey said...

It's perfect. I can't wait for the rest of the tale. :)

February 16, 2012 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

well done, as usual, jenna!

February 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM  
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February 16, 2012 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Oh Jenna, it's ALL worth it!

February 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger MB said...

Bless you Jenna and carry on!

February 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Fantastic video! Very inspiring!

February 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Guh! Every time I watch that video I turn into a blubbering fool! It's so good!

Can't wait for my farm! August feels ages away!

February 16, 2012 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger rabbit said...

There's the rub.... <3

February 16, 2012 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

That brought tears to my eyes. I can't even begin to tell you how much that (and your lengthy post earlier) have moved me. Well, I guess I can begin...enough to overcome my social weirdness and post on here for the first time! ;) Beautiful, thank you.

February 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Soo much in just one year. You are truly an amazing woman. Thanks for all the inspiration and giving me a kick in ... to start.

February 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

I'm really proud of you, Jenna! Keep the good and hard work!

February 16, 2012 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Paradise Found Farmgirl said...

Coolness! What a wild ride! More! More!

February 16, 2012 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger PattyW said...

O. M. G. So wonderful! So glad to know another pioneer woman!

February 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger PattyW said...

O. M. G. So wonderful! So glad to know another pioneer woman!

February 16, 2012 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Lukaduke said...

Keep up the great work ! My wife and I read Barnheart after I purchased it for her christmas present... our Barnheart is aching, we have done the best we can living as city dwellers; rooftop container garden, as well as a community plot. We have also been pitching in on friends farms giving a hand here and there with harvesting and animal processing... we dream of following in your footsteps and having a homestead of our own... sooner than later we HOPE !!!!

February 16, 2012 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I almost cried! I am so proud and inspired by you! I'm getting bees this spring! Bees! Everyone thinks I'm nuts! Why not me?

February 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I almost cried! I am so proud and inspired by you! I'm getting bees this spring! Bees! Everyone thinks I'm nuts! Why not me?

February 16, 2012 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger gen said...

stunningly breathtaking.

February 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM  
OpenID Katherine Turner said...

Totally. Frakking. Fantastic. Thank you for sharing the salty and the sweet. For this wowing video and for the previous post. Your courage and willingness is a light in the dark.

February 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Jessica Hubbard said...

Wow!! My mom has a barnheart...I'm thinking your books would make a great present for her birthday coming up. Your writing is so honest and genuine!

I was wondering what the song playing behind this video is. It's so inspiring and I'm attempting my first 5K in a month and I'd love to add this song to my running playlist as it's so inspiring.

Thank you!

February 16, 2012 at 6:42 PM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

I will watch that video over & over. The best true farming video I've ever seen. My husband & I are in our 60s and just got our homestead after 38 years of trying to get here. We will do it ~ I look to you for inspiration, Jenna, and you never disappoint. Thanks for your blog.

February 16, 2012 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Jenna - you are an inspiration. Your post this morning followed by the video was a tour de force. Your dreams are coming true because you rolled up your sleeves and jumped in and made them happen. Good for you Jenna - good for you. Keep writing, keep dreaming, keep working and the next thirty years will fly by so cherish every minute and to hell with the naysayers.

February 16, 2012 at 7:07 PM  
Blogger MollyKnits said...

LOVE!

February 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

So when is your 2nd anniversary? I can't remember when you bought the place!

February 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Ok, crying now...keep on going, girl!
Courtney

February 16, 2012 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

Excellent clip, Jenna. Love it. Did you do the editing yourself? If you did, you're quite professional.

February 16, 2012 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Em said...

Gorgeous.

February 16, 2012 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

Thank you! After the past couple of posts, that was the perfect palate cleanser. Brought me a HUGE smile, and some tears, too. :)

February 16, 2012 at 8:38 PM  
OpenID edgwickfarm said...

A visual expression of your mission. Well done Jenna.

February 16, 2012 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Jeff_in_Pawlet said...

You shed all negativity in inspiration. Tara said it well, cleansing the palate. Being a catalyst for change for the better for so many is a sweet reward. Long may you run, Jenna.

February 16, 2012 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

@Tara...agree!

February 16, 2012 at 9:40 PM  
OpenID themorningdistrict.com said...

@Jessica Hubbard - the song is "Inní mér syngur vitleysingur" by Sigur Rós.

Thanks for such a wonderful post, Jenna! I can't wait for a farm of my own (and I'm working hard toward that dream)!

February 16, 2012 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger mush said...

That'll do pig, that'll do. I love new beginnings,happy endings,and all the good stuff that is sandwiched in between!

February 16, 2012 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Zan Asha said...

Holy Cow, Jenna!

I come over here to catch up about your horse and cart dreams...and..WOW! Just wow! The previous few posts highlighted the fact:

1. That I REALLY need to take the time to read online more frequently

2. People need to realize it's a PRIVILEGE when other people share their lives online; you didn't have to tell us anything about your farm, your failings, your successes. It's not really an open discussion about HOW to live your life. You are already doing it.

3. You have ALL the tools to succeed within you already, before anyone showed up with their advice.

4. As one person with their own horse drawn dream happening, to another: Give 'Em Hell, Kid!

February 16, 2012 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger B said...

Love love love!

I am sooo looking forward to meeting and talking with you, next weekend. :)

February 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger B said...

Love love love!

I am sooo looking forward to meeting and talking with you, next weekend. :)

February 16, 2012 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

It's been a fun ride. Can't wait for the next chapters.

February 17, 2012 at 12:02 AM  
Blogger fyrmnsflam said...

I love that video. I've seen it before and I just love how upbeat it is. Wonderful!

February 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM  
OpenID horsiegurl said...

Jenna, I like the fencing on your raised beds! Any info or tips you could provide about keeping critters out of the beds would be appreciated, I'll be constructing my first 3 in a few weeks. Good luck with the mini green house :)

February 17, 2012 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger Barbara Dykes said...

Brillant! Just Brillant!

February 17, 2012 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

These are just bamboo poles turned into domes with electrical tape at the crosshairs, the four points deep in the soil in the corners, and covered with bird netting. Very cheap, worked for 3-4 months till the geese got smart and just threw their bodies into it to knock it down.

this year will be several raised beds in one large fence, I hope.

February 17, 2012 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

These are just bamboo poles turned into domes with electrical tape at the crosshairs, the four points deep in the soil in the corners, and covered with bird netting. Very cheap, worked for 3-4 months till the geese got smart and just threw their bodies into it to knock it down.

this year will be several raised beds in one large fence, I hope.

February 17, 2012 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I've got tears in my eyes, I am so stinkin' proud of you as if you were one of my own!

Ok, with the post on the Canadians and now this "catch u" video...its what I always wanted to do...I did it in a way with three children...can't think of a better way to love a grandson...I'll start with what I have (4 goats, 6 hens, 1 rooster, a veggie garden...) and start dreaming now :)

Thanks Jenna, you are awesome!

February 17, 2012 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Gives me chills every time I watch. Amazing, just amazing.

February 17, 2012 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Jamie said...

p.s. Jenna, what's the name of the song playing?

February 17, 2012 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Elaine said...

loved, loved, loved this ... thank you for sharing your year with all of us!

February 17, 2012 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Welcome Comfort Farm said...

Awesome video! You are inspiring and I am so proud of you!

February 17, 2012 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Welcome Comfort Farm said...

Awesome video! You are inspiring and I am so proud of you!

February 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Welcome Comfort Farm said...

Awesome video! You are inspiring and I am so proud of you!

February 17, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger julronimo said...

Jenna, You are so not alone. We are all here with you (in spirit, and i know that doesn't help with chores, or give you a shoulder to lean/cry on, but know we a re cheering and crying too).

February 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM  
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February 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Amanda Claire said...

I'm still working my way through all of your blog posts from Idaho on and I hadn't seen this video yet. What a fantastic way to move forward from the rough last week. Thank you for sharing so very much of your life, experiences, and heartwarming moments with us. If it wasn't for your emotional insights and reactions we'd all be reading a blog that smacked of cross-eyed boredom. 'Today the sheep arrived. Later I will feed them. I fed them around 6pm. Sleep will follow.' --Ugh! No thanks, I prefer the gritty and the real-that's where inspiration germinates.

February 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Helois said...

such a wonderful video!! We just bought our little place in September of 2010 and our slowly turning it back into a farm. (it use to be a landscape supply company and ugh junk and piles and piles of mulch and soil) but we've had our chickens for a year now and I love it. thanks for the inspiration to keep chugging along here

February 17, 2012 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

This is beauty: fresh air, seasons, birth, life, death... all of it.

Wonderful.

February 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Miss Marla said...

Thank You for sharing your life with us. It's a life I dreamed of once, but now know won't happen for me. Thank You for taking me along for the ride!

February 18, 2012 at 1:11 PM  
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February 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM  
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February 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger sara said...

I am just a crazed chicken herder in suburbia, so it was wonderful to watch this :) We really want to expand to include dwarf nigerian goats, but who knows when that will happen. As long as it does, I am happy. Even if it means having to fetch my little boy cat out of their house every evening. He loves our chickens, and will be so overwhelmed by larger furry friends.

February 18, 2012 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger hayes8705 said...

This is just beautiful, Jenna. Thank you for sharing. And I think the music is Sigur Ros, no?

February 18, 2012 at 8:43 PM  
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February 27, 2012 at 1:12 AM  

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