Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Five Farm Memoirs I Adore!

18 Comments:

Blogger Lisa said...

Loving the vlogs! Makes me go outside and enjoy my critters and weedy garden even more. Thanks Jenna!

October 1, 2014 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Zola Crofoot said...

Great suggestions for the winter reading list. I had the pleasure of seeing and listening to the author of FARM CITY this summer in Kalamazoo, MI. Very interesting and Yes you can homestead any place. I to LOVE October. Today was a day to but things to bed. New 1/10 acre of a new wheat field went in and the vegetable was dressed with composted manure from the Mini's. Disced and rain in the forecast for the next two days. I 'm a new follower and look for a new post every day. I just completed reading Cold Antler Farm. I feel like JUMPING. Thanks Jenna

October 1, 2014 at 6:51 PM  
Blogger Zola Crofoot said...

Great reading sugggestion!

October 1, 2014 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Karen Talamantez said...

OK, so I shared Vlog #5 on my Facebook. Mister just discovered it and so for the last long while he's been watching every single Vlog. He just watched this one. "We read that one!" "We read that one." "We have that one on our NOOK, I should read it..." You have a new fan. Hooray for the Vlog.

October 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

I've read all of your recommendations but one, and will now share one more for you: Sheepish, by Catherine Friend

http://www.amazon.com/Sheepish-Women-Fifty-Enough-Planet/dp/0306818442/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412212274&sr=8-1&keywords=sheepish

October 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Clare said...

And, another book by Catherine Friend, her first novel:
http://www.amazon.com/Hit-Farm-Learned-Stop-Worrying/dp/1569242984/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_y

Enjoying your Vlogs!

October 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM  
OpenID T. Crockett said...

I have my ENG102 class reading Farm City right now. I'm going to post this vlog on our class website.

I recommend The Orchard: A Memoir by Adele Robertson. It's about a woman who returns to her family's nearly defunct farm/orchard and works to bring it back to life.

October 1, 2014 at 11:34 PM  
Blogger Sonya said...

Was that a hopping turkey in the background? lol I need to check out these books :)

October 2, 2014 at 4:15 AM  
OpenID sammylou1 said...

Oh, no book suggestions! A few of those *might* have just fallen into my Amazon basket..... only thing is my bookshelves are full to bursting so now I need to either sort and donate (not likely) or buy/make more bookcases!

Two suggestions for you.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Girl-And-Her-Dogs/dp/0751547395/ref=tmm_pap_title_0 This one is very local to me, she talks about places I go each week. Lots of sheep, border collies and sheepdog trials.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dogs-Windcutter-Down-Shepherds-Struggle/dp/0755312570/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1412246022&sr=1-1&keywords=dogs+of+windcutter+down Another sheep one, this was actually a TV series over here a few years ago and was brilliant! Very interesting insight to a typical british sheep farm.

October 2, 2014 at 6:35 AM  
Blogger Cheryl Laz said...

Jenna,
Thanks for the fabulous blog and vlogs, and especially #6 on farm memoirs. Coincidentally, I am reading One Woman Farm and working on an academic paper in which I am analyzing dozens of homesteading memoirs. I'm happy to send you a list but would prefer to message privately. Happy October.
Cheryl

October 2, 2014 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

Jenna, loving the Vlogs! Would love one about your sheep, current flock, why you chose the breeds you have, who has names and where did the names come from etc.

5 great memoir books to start with, I have them all, and enjoyed every one.

I am a bit of a book hoarder, seem to have a problem with letting them go after I've read them - consequently when I went to search the shelves for memoirs and other 'farmy' books it took me 2 trips to get them all piled up next to the computer!

Some I got as recently as 3 days ago (Rochelle Bilow) others I read over 10 years ago (David Kennard)

My most recent read (actually listened to the audio book) was 'Gaining Ground' by Forrest Pritchard. A wonderful book of returning to work on the family farm, trial and error with crops/livestock, selling at farmers markets, family relationships etc.

The rest of my farm / shepherd type books may not all be to everyone's taste, but you can look them up and see what you think!

My family in the UK often ask for book suggestions for Christmas presents, so not sure if all of these are available in the USA.

As a previous commenter mentioned David Kennard's book 'Dogs of Windcutter Down' is amazing, so is his 1st book (also a DVD) 'A Shepherd's Watch' following a year on his sheep farm on the North Devon coast in the south of England. He has also got range of kids DVDs featuring his working dogs with voiceover, including 'Mist the tale of a sheepdog puppy' (not sure if this is available here or just in UK PAL format, which you need a multiregion DVD player to watch)

Also from the UK:
'Humble by Nature' - Kate Humble - Life, Lambs and a dog called Badger - famous UK TV presenter, book follows her move from London to a farm in Wales, and efforts to set up an animal husbandry school, run workshops etc.
'The Last Shepherds' - A vanishing way of life on Britain's traditional sheep farms by Charles Bowden, based in Northumberland, UK.
'Adam's Farm' - My life on the land - Adam Henson. Adam is well known for presenting UK Countryfile TV program, and Lambing Live program. Adams Farm is based in the Cotswold Hills in Gloucestershire, UK. As well as being a working farm, some areas are open to the public (Cotswold Farm Park). Adams father Joe Henson set up the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. This is a fantastic book, highly recommended, Even if you have no idea who Adam Henson is! Has some great color photo's too.

'Magic Moment' - Four Seasons on a Scottish Hill Farm, Tom Duncan.

'Running for the hills' - Growing up on my mothers sheep farm in Wales - Horatio Clare

My latest UK book is one I have not read yet, but looks great -'The Yorkshire Shepherdess' - How I left city life behind to raise a family and a flock by Amanda Owen.

October 2, 2014 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger English sheep gal said...

Oh dear I wrote such a long list it wouldn't accept my comment! I split it up - here's part 2.

Now books I've bought here in the US - so many......

Joel Salatin - all his books are amazing, but especially 'The Sheer ecstasy of being a lunatic farmer', and 'Everything I want to do is illegal'

'Sylvia's Farm' - Sylvia Jorrin The journal of an improbable shepherdess (there is now a second book available of more tales from her farm too)

'My Empire of Dirt' - Manny Howard
How one man turned his big city backyard into a farm.

'This Common Ground' - Scott Chaskey - Seasons on an organic farm.

'Farewell my Subaru' - Doug Fine - An epic adventure in local living

'Farm City' - Novella Carpenter - The education of an urban farmer.

'The Good Good Pig' - Sy Montgomery - The extraordinary life of Christopher Hogwood

'Growing a Farmer' - Kurt Timmermeister - How I learned to live off the land

'Hay Fever' - Angela Miller - How chasing a dream on a Vermont Farm changed my life

'This Organic Life' - Joan Dye Gussow - Confessions of a suburban homesteader

'Keeping Watch' - Kathryn Sletto - 30 sheep, 24 rabbits, 2 llamas, 1 alpaca and a shepherdess with a day job.

'Harvest' - Richard Horan - An adventure into the heart of America's Family Farms

'Farm Hands' - Tom Rivers - Hard work and hard lessons from Western New York fields

Of course the book 'Greenhorns' featuring Jenna Woginrich of Cold Antler Farm is highly recommended! it's about the next generation of American farmers '50 dispatches from the New Farmers Movement' edited by Zoe Ida Bradbury. There is a documentary too, which I'd love to see.

My 2 most recent books which I haven't read yet....
'The Accidental Farmers' - Tim Young - an urban couple, a rural calling, and a dream of farming in harmony with nature.

Finally - a signed copy, from an author talk in Buffalo, NY just 3 days ago, - 'The Call of the Farm' - Rochelle Bilow - an unexpected year of getting dirty, home cooking and finding myself.

Take your pick!

October 2, 2014 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Tanya T said...

You are having so much fun with these vlogs and it shows. I am really enjoying them too. I may have to pick up some of those books. Happy Fall!

October 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

oh good more good stuff to read, I love reading about other people getting tired and dirty on farms while I sit with my feet up! More fun than doing it myself. Thanks to your readers for good recommendations too.

October 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Love the vlogs! I may never be able to travel to your farm, so this makes it all the more personal.

October 4, 2014 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger jules said...

Jenna Jenna! Where'd you get that HAT? I love it!

October 6, 2014 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Ginny said...

Oh no, books to read!

October 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Mary Rives said...

Chickens in the Road mirrors my little farm journey and is close to my heart. A woman buys a farm with a man she believes is the love of her life. He turns out to be a psychopath. She ditches him and realizes the farm is her one true love. Funny and endearing.

October 11, 2014 at 10:03 AM  

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