Wednesday, March 25, 2009

fall farm tour

I want to welcome all the folks who have stumbled here thanks to the fancy article in Mother Earth News. If you're new to this blog, you'll find a few years worth of blog entries (from three different states) and one gal's ongoing story about becoming a modern homesteader and future farmer. Now, welcomes aside, I have some photos for you.

This past fall two friends of mine, Sara Mack and Sara Stell, came up north from their suburban Philly home to visit Cold Antler. Stell is a hell of a photographer and in this link below you can see an intense slideshow of the farm, animals, cabin, and our trip to the Cooperstown NY sheepdog trials. Enjoy the photos, and your own personal farm tour!

See the slideshow here!

Since these photos were taken, Sara and I have lost a total of over 50 pounds!
I'm proud of us!


Blogger Carrie and Justin said...

Wow Jenna!! The photography was incredible and your home is just stunning. You are definitely livin' the life up there. Good for you!!

March 25, 2009 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger blank said...

Hi Jenna I just wanted to thank you for your "Life on the Homestead" article in Mother Earth News. Both my husband and I were inspired and encouraged as we continue building our strawbale home/studio off grid. I quoted from your article on my blog at Thank you for your joy in living life in every breath.

March 25, 2009 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Most excellent farm tour! That was fun. Thanks. :)

~Laura aka sophielovespeanutbutter

March 25, 2009 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Trailing Mira said...


you called it... that is how I stumbled across your blog. I find your efforts encouraging as my bf and I strive to lead a simplier life.

Great pictures btw. :)

March 25, 2009 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Hey Jenna, those pictures are fantastic! Please tell your friend Sara that she is a great photographer!

I have never been to Vermont but it looks beautiful. In the fall I was in New York state and it had those wonderful rolling hills of fall colours too.

Hope the proposal is going well!

March 25, 2009 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Hi Jenna, I have had the pleasure of driving through Vermont more than once in the fall. The Green Mountains and the White Mountains are beautiful in September and October. Great pictures, great friends. I am so jealous.

March 25, 2009 at 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos. What a place!

Congratulations on becoming a healthier weight! I bet that feels wonderful, and it looks great, too.

March 26, 2009 at 12:50 AM  
Blogger Chr1s said...

Another Mother Earth News reader here. I have to thank you for such an encouraging and inspirational piece. I look forward to exploring your blog. Keep up the good work!

March 26, 2009 at 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenna-We met briefly at the Storey anniversary dinner last year. I am Kathy Harrison, the lady who wrote Just In Case: how to be self sufficient when the unexpected happens. I have a new book in the works along with a small homestead and a new blog,, so we are sisters in ..something. A lot to do but all of it good. I heard about the Books for Better Life award. Congradulations!I was a finalist for that same award a number of years ago. I hope to run into you again at some Storey event or other. Aren't they terrific to work with?

March 26, 2009 at 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenna, have you seen this video of extreme sheep herding - with LED lights!?
holy cow!!

March 26, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Great photos. I have been following your blog since I hear about your book. I can't remember where I read about it, but I think it was either Country Living or Countryside. I just made hot cereal for the kiddies for breakfast, started some chicken broth, pot roast for dinner and have some gluten free bread raising for myself and the kiddies, now I want to make hubby a loaf or two. Where did you get the recipe for the bread you always make?
I have read your book and it was very entertaining!!! LOVE IT!! But... it is now out of the house and probablyl won't return for sometime soooo I don't have your recipe. It looked basic which is just what I am looking for. I wanted to make the bread with the kiddos, since having them help make gluten free bread is not as much fun. Just dump in mixer and pour in pans to raise.
Great Blog and pictures.

March 26, 2009 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger spinyurchin said...

Thanks for the slideshow. What a beautiful area you live in and the patterns on the face of those sheep were wonderful!

March 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Moon said...

Sara has taken some beautiful pictures. So nice to see the farm and you & friends enjoying time together. Would love to see another shot of the front of your coop... looks like my friend Cernunnos is painted there.

March 26, 2009 at 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... you need a room mate? I'm totally cool with living in the chicken coop if need be.

Great house. Great pictures.

March 27, 2009 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Lorri said...

I saw your article in MEN, have been reading your blog. Your love of music is inspiring :) and I will be sending someone else here as well. Loved the pic of you and the sheep in the car!

March 27, 2009 at 10:51 AM  
Anonymous Donna said...

My daughter and I are following your blog. Loved seeing the cabin pictures. Would love to hear more about its history and how you found it. You are an inspiration to people of all ages. Thank you for taking the time to share your life.

March 27, 2009 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Jenna,

I have just finished "Life on the Homestead" in the most recent edition of Mother Earth News. I am greatly inspired by your journey. Thanks for sharing!

I went to college in Vermont and immediately fell in love with the state. Though I returned home to Connecticut to help with my mother's care, I still see myself returning north.


March 27, 2009 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Crystal said...

I too found your blog through the mother earth news mag. It was an awesome article, both encouraging and enlightening as myself and my family strive to be more self sufficient. I have bookmarked your blog and look forward to coming back often!

March 28, 2009 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Jenna,
I enjoyed your article so much in Mother Earth News that I promptly when to the library and checked out your book. I could not put it down and read excerpts to my husband as he tried to read something else! We have been in search of our homestead for 2 years but keep bees, garden and other awesome home skills that you discuss. I was encouraged to love what we do and to continue to learn what we don't. The chapter on making music struck me deeply as that is still on my to-do list!!! Great book!! Thanks for sharing your life!

March 29, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger s said...

it's so nice to go back and re-live that weekend through the pictures. thanks again for such an awesome time, jenna! here's hoping we can do it again soon!

March 31, 2009 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Carol G said...

That just seems so idyllic. I love your dogs, and the sheep herding seems right out of James Herriot's stories. You live in a little slice of heaven.

April 4, 2009 at 1:57 PM  

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