Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Vlog: Money, Family, Fear

I filmed this vlog yesterday to address a question I asked on Facebook. I asked which of the following things are holding back your farm dream the most? Money, Family, or Fear? A few people admitted to fear, others admitted to unsupportive souses, but the overwhelming response was money. I can certainly relate to that! SO I wanted to post this to encourage people to start small, start where they are, reach out to local farmers, volunteer, workshop, and basically move from a passive day dreamer to an active seeker towards the life you want.


Blogger Michelle said...

You are just so darn cute Jenna. I just finished reading Cold Antler Farm and it was so good, just like all of the other books you write. Keep it up girl.

October 16, 2014 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger kim anderson said...

thankyou so much for that ! I've watched all your vlogs ,and all of them have got me seriously thinking about what I really want, and start taking little steps toward it. seeing all your abundance in the background , and hearing it , lol ! I want that independence too. thankyou for sharing !

October 16, 2014 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Oh thank you both! I appreciate comments here so very much, and on the youtube videos! I need the encouragement!

October 16, 2014 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Wendy Iannarone said...

Keep it up! Very interesting and love seeing the animals so much :)

October 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Oh Jenna, I would love for you to do a vlog with Merlin! We haven't heard about him for a while, and I'm wondering how his training/hunting is going.

October 16, 2014 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

You mean Italics?

So here is the deal with Italics. I was asked not to write about him and I am honoring that request. The falconry community is small and close, and as an apprentice I was journaling my experience and not expecting the animal rights/peta/anti-jenna crowd to cause a fuss. They did. And my sponsor talked to me about making our sport public invites all sort of trouble from folks who don't understand the sport. So in respect to him, I stopped. Italics is almost done molting and I am very active with new falconers in my area, training and hunting and loving every bit of the sport, but it is more of a campfire conversation these days than a blogging thing.

October 16, 2014 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger Jimmie said...

Jenna, I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying your vlogs! You have such a way with words and your messages touch me every single time.

I agree with your advice to START! START! START! If my husband and I had not "started" more than fifteen years ago, I can't imagine how our lives would be today. Heck, we had two teenage kids, a mortgage, my husband was self employed (translate roller coaster income), and I worked more than 40 hours a week at a job that paid many of the bills when his work was lean.

We started by selling a car we found we could live without and made a down payment on "ten acres and an old log house". We financed the rest of the purchase using a land sales contract (not the best way to buy land) because that's the only way that the seller would sell us the land. We scrimped and saved and did without because we had a dream. During the time we were paying off the land, my husband had a terrible car accident and was out of work for more than a income from him at all. I made it MY job to consider every single purchase we made down to 50 cents for a pack of cheese crackers.

It was so worth it. That's all I can say. Thank you for inspiring others to just start.

Diane in North Carolina

October 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger daisy g said...

Brilliant! Even putting the plan to paper can be so liberating. My plan began with the realization of my own barnheart. Thanks to Jenna, the longing had a name. Just by thinking about what I wanted, opportunities opened up for me. That's when I began volunteering at a nearby pesticide-free farm. Now our home is up for sale so that we can move to out of state and being a more rural, seasonal life. And, again, thanks to Jenna, I blog about it all so that I can remember where I came from to get to where I wanted to be. And if a few folks are inspired by our story, even better. Just start somewhere...

October 16, 2014 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Emo said...

Hey Jenna! I just came across your blog tonight and boy was it at the right time, and I love this video, too. "Turkeys follow me everywhere!" haha! Too funny. (I'm sure I'll love the rest of your vids too once I get a chance to watch all of them).

I found your site when I saw your post on the Hoegger Farmyard blog and it really spoke to me. It gives me hope that my dreams of a farm are possible after I've been given so many reasons to doubt it. I seem to always get an unsupportive reaction to my plans to farm once people find out I have no agricultural background, and that I'm not planning on waiting for a husband to come build stuff for me.

What are your thoughts on homesteading independently? Too crazy? Am I doomed to fail and be eaten by coyotes/cannibals/cannibal coyotes? For me it's a combination of fear and family that give me such trepidation, but it's hard to explain how strong my barnheart (great word!!) beats when I think of spending my time knee-deep in dirt and animal poop.
Keep up the good work! I look forward your future posts!
thanks, Emilia

October 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger barbsbirds13 said...

Gene Logsdon writes about people who '.... are unhappy because they belong in farming and do not know it. They have the true farmer's spirit in them--that blend of creative artistry, independence, manual skill, and love of nurturing that marks a true farmer.'

October 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Great Vlog!

October 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Troy Sanchez said...

Good on you for telling people how it's done-because you went out and did it!

October 19, 2014 at 9:29 AM  

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