BarnHeart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One's Own

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Symptoms of Acute Barnheart: Endless hours spent baking bread, studying chicken coop plans, gathering eggs, browsing seed catalogs, weeding the vegetable garden, attending sheepdog trials, dreaming about heritage-breed livestock, and longing incessantly for a farm of one's own. In a memoir filled with hope and humor, Jenna Woginrich recounts her adventures in homesteading and how she finally makes peace with her barnheart.

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Overview

Symptoms of Acute Barnheart: Endless hours spent baking bread, studying chicken coop plans, gathering eggs, browsing seed catalogs, weeding the vegetable garden, attending sheepdog trials, dreaming about heritage-breed livestock, and longing incessantly for a farm of one's own. In a memoir filled with hope and humor, Jenna Woginrich recounts her adventures in homesteading and how she finally makes peace with her barnheart.

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A kind of Under the Tuscan Sun for livestock lovers, this candid and sincere memoir recounts the trials and tribulations of an aspiring farmer who yearns to have land to call her own. Transplanted to New England to take an office job, Woginrich (Made from Scratch) writes of longing to rise before dawn to feed chickens, tend sheep, train dogs, breed rabbits, and work the land. Endowed with seemingly boundless reservoirs of energy and enthusiasm for her agricultural pursuits, Woginrich strives to learn all there is to know about border collies and sheep handling while settling in to a new life in a new place with only her dogs and fiddle to keep her company. Self-sufficiency and determination keep the author's homesteading dreams alive as she gradually becomes part of the community and develops into the farmer she always aspired to be. As Woginrich rationalizes away her vegetarianism by contending that the animals she raises as meat are well treated, we are reminded that farming is not for the squeamish. VERDICT A good read for armchair farmers and aspiring and established homesteaders.—Donna L. Davey, New York Univ. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603427951
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 11/16/2011
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 563,310
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenna Woginrich is a homesteader and the author of Barnheart, Chick Days, and Made from Scratch. She blogs at Cold Antler Farm, as well as Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post. A Pennsylvania native, she has made her home in the mountains of Tennessee, in northern Idaho, in rural Vermont, and most recently in upstate New York, where she lives with a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep, a border collie in training, chickens and geese, a hive of bees, a horse, and several amiable rabbits.

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Table of Contents

A Cabin in the Woods
A Very Long Winter
Sheep 101
The Arrival of Rufus Wainwright and Benjamin Franklin
Into the Garden
Meet the Locals
The Society of Lamb and Wool
The Hooves Have Landed
Getting My Goat
You Need a Truck, Girl
Building Paradise Broke and Alone
Saving Sarah
Turkey Drama
A Note on the Door
The Search Begins
Going Home

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    My dream is to homestead with chickens, goats and other animals.

    My dream is to homestead with chickens, goats and other animals. I find her writing inspirational. Her insight is amazing. I have read all of her books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Loved this book!

    I too have an incurable longing for a farm of my own. I just wish that I had been aware of it while I was Jenna's age. But I have started on a similar path as hers and encourage anyone that has felt this tug to read this book for inspiration. I look forward to reading her blog and her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Makes me proud.

    Love Jenna's writing and makes me proud to have a small farm. With her words I am transported there beside her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Wonderful book! Very inspiring!

    Wonderful book! Very inspiring!

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