Friday, September 28, 2012

What does Cold Antler Farm mean to you?


Blogger Goat Song said...

It means that anything is possible. It means that 'Yes, I really CAN follow my dreams'. It means that everything that I once thought impossible suddenly seems possible because I see Jenna doing it and she is thriving for it. It means a community of like-minded folks all in one spot. It means everything. To this farm girl anyway. :)

September 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

It means inspiration when I have none. It means that there are countless others like me who have the same dream. It means I have learned from you through the thick and the thin. So thank you very much. :)

September 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

I agree with Goat Song & Sue-it's a huge inspiration, a wonderful way to learn, and a community that I am thankful for!

September 28, 2012 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Washington Cube said...

It means when I lose hope, I can remember to start taking baby steps again. It means trying. It means growth. It means community. It means being in touch with the earth. It means so much. ...and just for the heck of it, it means I clicked on all of those ad buttons. It may be pennies, but it means helping.

September 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger Fresh Eggs Farm said...

It means that if I take that leap to "buy the farm" (which I did last June) I can make it work. life is full of struggles...which make you appreciate the accomplishments even more.

September 28, 2012 at 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Noaniek said...

It mean one crazy chick living life to the fullest. Anything she wants to try she does it. Letting life come to her when she doesn't know what is happening and yet is surfing the wave and having alot of fun. It's seems way to exhausting to me but I'm at a different place in my life. Taking life slower and breathing. You go girl. Thanks for sharing!!

September 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Jenetta said...

Hope and promise.

September 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger KellyV (Kelly the Fifth) said...

Miss Jenna, I live in L.A. - a big city for sure. I do not want a farm but I LOVE reading about your story. Your youth and inspiration has inspired me to retire 3 years earlier than I had planned and pursue a new way of living with the gift of time added for my art. I will be making $800 less/month - $7200 less per year than if I waited 3 more years. But I knew if I did I would be killing myself. (Literally and figuratively.) CAF means a lot to me. It is a daily inspiration to follow my dream and last spring I needed it so very much to help me make this decision.

September 28, 2012 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Kelsie said...

It means hope. Right now...I live in the heart of the ghetto sandwiched between the two busiest streets in my city. My house has houses four feet away on both sides. I have no peace. I have no tranquility. I'm scared sometimes to even step outside my door at night. Car stereos with thumping bass rattle my walls and windows almost constantly. The noise and stress has driven a vast wedge into my partner and I's otherwise happy relationship. I own this house, His only stake in it is me. Some mornings I wake up, terrified he'll be gone to greener pastures. Most nights, I don't go to sleep at all. Sometimes, I drive into the country, find an abandoned, sagging farmhouse, and fall down weeping on the front steps. I grow as much food as I can in my urban lot and one of my dearest friends just agreed to let me raise laying hens in her substantial (and fenced) backyard only one block from me. But I want a rural life so badly it more than burns and aches and feels like the aftermath of the worst broken heart I've ever had--every single day. I have all the knowledge I need to get started--I can make things grow, I can doctor animals, I can sew, grow and make herbal medicine, and milk a goat. I just don't have a farm. There are a lot of factors I won't go into here. I read your blog for its magic. To know that someday--I PRAY sooner than later--I'll find "it."

September 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

I so enjoy your blog> It shows me the power of a powerful woman to attach her dream life to herself and do that very quickly.

Inspirational!It helps me to keep up the bold dreams and put my power to work. My ranch is manifest in Oklahoma and LIFE IS GREAT!I wake up each day on this beautiful ranch and thank the Lord for bringing me here from California. I thank you for planting the seeds several years ago.

September 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger macbew said...

Jenna,every day you show us that through hard work and determination something is impossible only until its not.Because of you I see my dream of owning my own farm someday as a reality within the next two to three years.I did not see that before and now I do.Every time I see how much closer I am to that reality I shed tears of gratitude.Thank you Jenna.

September 28, 2012 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Jenna, I have been following you since Idaho. I enjoy reading about your life. You are strong and brave to be following your dreams. I wish the very best for you. :)

September 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

Hope. Inspiration. Creativity. Community.

That gratitude is what makes the world go round.

That the average Joe(lle) CAN make his/her dreams come true with enough nerve, passion, and ingenuity.

September 29, 2012 at 12:09 AM  
Anonymous Raining Iguanas said...

Cold Antler Farm is a place where life forges ever forward while remaining true to a grounded spirit. It is a place that will not be denied happiness. It is aura of self-reliancy that percolates up through the ground around it. It is a place where encouragement grows strong, the seeds then spread to fields beyond.

September 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It is inspiration most of all. It is joy and belly shaking laughter. It is tears of worry, hurt and sorrow but knowing that you can and will go on.

It means I can do it too.

September 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM  
Blogger Sassidy Sparks said...

That this life in my head is not just possible,its happening to people everywhere. People are crafting a way of life with their own two hands and its working. I don't have to be two different people I can just be a woman with a sincere craving for less and that if people don't get that its okay because Jenna and the commenters on her blog understand. Its also a way to learn things thru you. I hope that you are feeling strong and capable and loved tonight Jenna because you are.

September 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger Fernleaf said...


September 29, 2012 at 1:21 AM  
Blogger daisy g said...

It means I can keep putting one step in front of the other toward my dream. That no matter how difficult things get, I can move forward. The possibilities are truly endless, if I make it so. Things may not be happening in my time frame, but they are moving in the right direction. Laying it out there pays off. Cold Antler Farm means that anyone can make their vision of paradise come to be.

September 29, 2012 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

It's the adventures of a woman, not too dissimilar from myself, who shows me everyday that it is possible to live the dream. She also shows me the truth behind that life; the good, the bad, the adorable and the financially burdensome. It's like a reality show that I read about...only without the bad script and terrible "reality stars."

September 29, 2012 at 7:24 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hope, inspiration, endurance, faith, and courage=Cold Antler Farm.

September 29, 2012 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Megan, a farmer at heart said...

It means a woman my exact age has the gumption to whatever the hell she wants and makes it possible all by herself and with some really great friends. You know it now but this farm is my role model. If you say a little a seed can start something great than I go out and I do it. It means a community of people that I so very want to have someday. The teachings here help people move to the next step of their Barheart or what ever they are stick on. All because you had the idea one day to write about it. I hope you didn't write this post because your sad.

September 29, 2012 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger lemon said...

Dreams do come true. And it all works out in the end.

September 29, 2012 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger PattyW said...

Dreams come true.
No more aching from barnheart because its all

September 29, 2012 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

Cold Antler Farm inspires me to keep plugging on to make our little farm more self-sufficient. It means a place that is in my mind and in my heart ~ it is real even though it is in the books that my author/farmer/friend has written. It is a blog that I can visit to get information, inspiration & visit with friends. Keep it coming, Jenna.

September 29, 2012 at 7:45 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Cold Antler Farm is proof positive that with a ton of hard work, a few courageous choices, and little bit of luck, the life you want to choose is absolutely possible and attainable. It is hope, dreams, and love all wrapped up in a barnyard of goodness.

September 29, 2012 at 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hear hear to all that Goat Song and Sue said. You're the reason I made the leap of faith and bought an 11acre farm this year. And I've never been happier. I can't tell you the times I've been facing a challenge and thought "WWJD?" (what would Jenna do?)

September 29, 2012 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger  Kristy said...

It means belief in dreams that aren't easy to come by but are worth the risk. To live life to the fullest and be always learning and sharing new skills and talents. Thank you for your inspiring blog and your most helpful books. You are an amazing writer.

September 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Daisy Farm said...

I like checking in because there is always something going on! I usually save it for the end of my day: a full 8 hours working in a hospital, followed by a 20-mile bike ride and possibly lawn mowing or gardening after that. So when I sit down in my yard with my laptop and a glass of wine, I am definitely ready for someone else who puts in a full day.

September 29, 2012 at 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Kathie from Kentucky said...

Dear Jenna,

When I wake each day, your blog is read with my first cup of coffee. I think you are one amazing young woman, who is wise beyond your years.

Your tenacity, your strength, how you plunge in and embrace all facets of life, is kind of like a prayer for me. You admit when you're scared and troubled, which we can all identify with and is part of life for everyone.

I feel confident that you will always have what it takes to drop back and kick when necessary, make changes as necessary, modify, simplify, or make do. You have guts with a capital "G." You don't wait for another human being to help you achieve your goals. I know you would like a like-minded mate, and I feel sure you will have that eventually.

Your blog enriches my life tremendously, and I can't tell you how much I enjoy reading what you have to say.

I hope to come up there someday, shake your hand, and congratulate you! You are truly alive, and I admire you greatly.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy those children at the library. Aren't they lucky to hear you!

September 29, 2012 at 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Patsy from Illinois said...

It means an escape for me. I live in a small town and a small lot but I have my vegetable garden and a clothesline and a front porch to sit on. I would love to live as you do but I am too old now (61) but I love reading your blog. Thank you Jenna.

September 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

It means I can have my dreams come true. That there are others in the world who are like me. That it's going to be okay.

Thanks Jenna.

September 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger SHJeffers said...

LMBO at "WWJD?"! That's a good one I am so stealing that mental prod.

CAF to me is a kick in the pants. The mental challenge of "A 20 something went and did it, I better get my nearly-50 year old butt in gear."

It's also a daily reminder that I am not alone in the struggle nor am I alone in the joys. It's a meeting place where I see that others are finding and overcoming the same resistances and challenges that I am on this 'road less taken'.

CAF is a place where it's OK to change your mind about things, and it's OK to take a chance on something that may or may not work out. It's a comfort zone where others understand the dissapointment of a loss but also value the excerience gained from actuelly putting boots on the ground and trying. Where others share the simple joy of digging up a potato and eating that potato alongside a chicken raised and slaughtered on the farm. IRL 2-3% of my friends think that's an accomplishment, the rest range from mildly horrified to actively scornful.

CAF is Jenna's dream. It's a dream that she shares with others to help us believe in our own dreams.

September 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Melina said...

It means that you live for the land. It means that life is too short not to live your dreams. It means sharing and story so that others may find hope and determination to go forward with their goals. It means a community of people who want to find meaning in living close to the earth and their animals.

September 29, 2012 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Ashling said...

It's proof that hard work, determination, a vivid imagination, alot of dreaming & a sprinkle of stardust from the gods can open almost any door we envision striding through.

September 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

It means I am not alone in my desire to live a different kind of life. That I am not the only one who wants a farm and animals. I get told I am going backwards or flat out crazy everyday by those around me, with the exception of my sons. It is a foreign concept here in "paradise". Its not about money or bars or getting laid, so its a strange life choice, to them. Here, on this blog, there are others wanting a change or who have already made the change. It is sometimes the kick in the butt needed to keep me moving forward towards my goal. For that I thank you Jenna.

September 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

Hang in there Kelsie. Many of us feel your pain. Baby steps. Just keep moving towards the goal. Even if it's only in tiny steps.

September 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

It means I am not alone in my desire to live a different kind of life. That I am not the only one who wants a farm and animals. I get told I am going backwards or flat out crazy everyday by those around me, with the exception of my sons. It is a foreign concept here in "paradise". Its not about money or bars or getting laid, so its a strange life choice, to them. Here, on this blog, there are others wanting a change or who have already made the change. It is sometimes the kick in the butt needed to keep me moving forward towards my goal. For that I thank you Jenna.

September 29, 2012 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

It means inspiration, faith, hard work, beleiving in your dreams, follow through and most importantly heart.

Grace and Peace,


September 29, 2012 at 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cold Antler is my way to dream vicariously. My place to find inspiration. Where I go to find the hope to wish and to plan.

September 29, 2012 at 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Kendra said...

It means inspiration and hope and it gives me new goals to aspire to every day. If you can do it, then maybe someday I can too! I look forward to reading each and every post you write and am thankful that I found this site. Keep it up! You do more good than you could ever imagine!

September 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought WWJD meant What Would Jenna Do! I asked myself that exact question several weeks ago when I thought to write a letter to the partial owner of a 55 acre farm I so desperately want. Jenna's response inside my head?...HELL YEAH! And he responded! I doubt I'll ever make enough $ to get the land, but he has 30+ years in Ag and direct marketing! Can we say possible mentor??!?

September 29, 2012 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Cold Antler Farm is inspiration. It's forced me to remember my dreams and acknowledge them. It's given me animals to love and a farmer/friend who can fix a fiddle over the phone. How to explain what I get from this blog? I read every day. It kept my heart beating through unspeakable tragedy, it's amazing that a picture of a sheep and beautiful words can reach in and soothe a broken grieving heart, reminding me that there would be beauty again one day. Jenna, you have somethIng really special here and I'm so fortunate to have found it! Your tribe is here and we'll see you succeed!

September 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

To me, CAF is inspiration. The most inspiring part for me, is your guts lol. You put it all out there, successes and failures, confidence and fear. I think a lot of what holds some people back, including me, is fear of failure.

September 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

To me, CAF is inspiration. The most inspiring part for me, is your guts lol. You put it all out there, successes and failures, confidence and fear. I think a lot of what holds some people back, including me, is fear of failure.

September 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Cindie K. said...

It means I can accomplish my dream of becoming more self-reliant: growing more of our food,preserving it spending more time with our animals, cooking and baking from scratch, creating hand-made gifts, and finding "paid" work that is meaningful and fits in with my lifestyle rather than the other way around. It means starting my own "need fire" and developing community in the adventure.

September 29, 2012 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

It means someone else out there can do it and so can I. Counting down till next July when I begin my dream of sustainable living and hopefully no longer working for the man but instead working for my family.

September 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Amy said...


September 29, 2012 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Mim said...

Two things come to mind-
That if I put my head and heart into something, it will happen. It may take time, sweat and tears but it WILL happen.
It's never too late to make a dream come true, one is never too old for it either.
Thanks Jenna :)

September 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger ThiftedBliss said...

Jenna-all of the above comments echo my feelings about you and CAF. Your blog is the first one I read every morning with my coffee. You are so inspiring and your love for your life and your animals and the way you share it all make my heart sing. The community of readers is also so very inspiring, reading the comments makes me feel like I am part of one big family. I love this journey we are all on. Peace and light-Karen from CT

September 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Jenn B said...

Ditto to all of the above!!

Each day, as I sit at a desk that I no longer care to sit at, I read about what you are doing and silently applaud. Then, I start planning and plotting my own adventures. You are pure inspiration Jenna. You are spreading good even where you can't see! Thank you...sincerely! When it doesn't feel possible, there you are. Your honesty and insight to show all us it is possible!

It reminds me of a great quote..."Shift your energy from protecting yourself from failure to squeezing the life out of life." ~Danielle Laporte.

October 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Ellen Rathbone said...

It's my daily boost of optimism. Thank you.

October 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

CAF touches me deep in my soul for a reason I find hard to explain, but I'll try.

When my husband and I started out more than 30 years ago, we were the only ones of our friends and families who grew our own organic garden, made our own baby food, preserved our own food, heated our home with wood, brewed our own beer, etc. We even had chickens, ducks, goats and sheep, although only as pets. Unfortunately, we never made the jump to our own farm.

So when I read your blog, I see what could have been for us. And I cheer you on everyday from Chester County PA. You see, I know that all your dreams will come true because of your determination to make it happen. And when they do, I want to be right here to read all about it.

Carol Bailey

October 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Just like many of the other comments, you inspire me. I would love to farm - I don't want it to just be a dream that I always talk about and never do. You make it so real and so possible. Thank you for sharing your journey!

October 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM  
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October 1, 2012 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

CAF has given me the "oomph" to get my dream going. You have been there when I found and bought my farm. Through the long winter when I got my house ready to sell. When I see a problem I now know it can be solved. When I walk into an ag store, I boldly ask questions and listen intently now. I feel that the torch of starting a farm has been passed and shared among us all from you. And that the journey has just started:)

October 2, 2012 at 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching a good writer grow better.
Not to mention watching a good writer grow a farm.

October 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenna, my own dream was to run my own business. I did so for about five years at just about your age (and wrote a successful blog about it). I fought every day with many of the same fears I see you going through now. When the business went down, I tried everything in my power to save it, but to no avail. It's been a few years now and I've recovered in all outward appearances, but a big part of me has never been the same. I'm trying to dream again. Reading your story as it unfolds is sometimes a little painful for me, but I can't help but tune in regularly. I am really rooting for you! And, I love farming, so reading about your farm brings me peace. I wish there were some way I could send you peace in return!

October 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM  

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