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

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

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by Jenna Woginrich
     
 

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With humor and poise, Jenna Woginrich describes her adventurous self-education in homesteading. Poignant offbeat observations on learning to farm by trial and error punctuate the story of her quest to find a permanent home for herself and her livestock: chickens, geese, sheep, ducks, rabbits, a goat, and a turkey. Alone and on a shoestring budget, Woginrich…  See more details below

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With humor and poise, Jenna Woginrich describes her adventurous self-education in homesteading. Poignant offbeat observations on learning to farm by trial and error punctuate the story of her quest to find a permanent home for herself and her livestock: chickens, geese, sheep, ducks, rabbits, a goat, and a turkey. Alone and on a shoestring budget, Woginrich takes on cranky neighbors and small-town politics without ever losing her trademark humility or comedic style.

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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603427951
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
11/16/2011
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
265,922
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

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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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Barnheart 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MNChick More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Jenna's writing and makes me proud to have a small farm. With her words I am transported there beside her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book! Very inspiring!
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