CraftSanity Episode 96: An Interview with Jenna Woginrich, author of ‘Made From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life’

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  1. emergizer says:

    I really loved this episode. I live in an apartment in a large city so sheep are out of the question, but as soon as I post this comment I’m going to investigate what kinds of herbs and lettuces I could grow in a windowbox! I am already lucky enough to have a farmer’s market that comes to the park across the street. Thanks for an inspiring show.

  2. Kimi says:

    I love this episode! She is living my dream…but I hope for it to be mine soon :) This book would be great!

  3. Rachel says:

    I really hope to win this book! I love the interview. I also really appreciate your comments about your path at the end…you go, girl. You’re already on that path, propelling forward…I hope you know that.

  4. Kim says:

    This podcast was so inspiring! There is nothing more that I want in the world than to pick up a few sheep in my car and head out to some farmland, so I really would love to read the book to see what I am getting into.

    I guess I could start with some veggies in pots on the porch.

  5. Kimmie says:

    This book is awesome, Son. I was already inspired by the thought of urban homesteading, but live inside the city limits with a small back yard. After checking out Jenna’s book I could no longer resist. I’ve already gardened, but now I have chicken eggs in two incubators and should be hatching my own brood shortly. Next stop – beekeeping!
    Thanks for this great webcast and awesome guests.

  6. Amy says:

    As always, it was a great interview. I’m not into yard work much less gardening, but I love CSAs. I participate in one because I think it’s great to support local farmers and give my family good, quality food.

  7. Kim McM. says:

    I would love to win this book! I really want to try to grow some heirloom tomatoes this summer, as well as some herbs. I plan on participating in our local Farmer’s Market as often as possible, too.

  8. Darx says:

    I enjoyed the book. I joined Jenna’s snap pea challenge this year, but sadly, my pea plant was confiscated by my sweetie due to neglect. I’m a city mouse with no interest in moving to the country, but I love the example by the Dervaes family about how much you can do on just a small suburban lot like the one we already have. And we love our CSA membership and shopping at the farmer’s market, so we support other people’s moves to the country that way :)

    We’ve also joined a permaculture group here in Cleveland, and I’m hoping to volunteer for The Green Triangle Project a non-profit with the mission of converting the urban landscape to a giant self-sustaining food forest– how cool would that be?

  9. Starr Begley says:

    Great interview. I’m looking forward to reading this book! Hearing her talk reminded me of the seven months my ex and I spent living on the slopes of Haleakala attempting to homestead. There were so many mornings where we’d wake up to horses in the garden, which was zero fun after all the time and effort put into it, attempting to shear sheep… they are HUGE, strong and (ours) were not very bright, gathering eggs and all that kind of fun stuff. Some of my best memories, despite them being with a very irritating ex. Homesteading again is something that i would really love to give another shot. Now that I’m married to an awesome man and we have two kids, teaching them to live off the land would be awesome. Hmm… Something to consider.
    Regardless if I ever do it again, I hope that for every 100 people that read the book or hear the podcast, at least 5 will reinvent their lives. That’s a major change, a handful at a time.

  10. Judi S says:

    I love Jenna’s book and would love to share it with my sis-in-law, but I’m not letting it get away from me! So I would love to win another copy to share with her.

  11. cindi says:

    would love to win the book, if not I will*patiently* wait for it to come to my library!

  12. Desiree says:

    I’ve just recently started following Jenna on her blog, which lead me here. Her adventures, trials, failures, successes, all are inspiring and have begun to teach me to go out and try things myself. Her bravery in daring to try new things is incredible and encourages me. I’ve only recently started some of this year’s seedlings, and this year I’ll be starting my first garden! I look forward to lots of success, but know that much more will be learned from the failures. I would love to win a copy of her book, but if not, it’ll be on my wishlist for a rainy day. :)

  13. Roseanna says:

    I would love to win this book! Jenna is truly inspiring!

  14. Liz says:

    This is such a great podcast- thanks to both of you ladies, and I’m crossing my fingers ;-)

  15. sUsAn says:

    Excellent interview! I am fascinated in the bee keeping that Jenna did and look forward to reading about it in her book. We’re currently living in a small city that doesn’t allow any type of poultry so we’re dreaming of keeping chickens one day somewhere else. We are fortunate to have a large enough space to garden in our backyard and are into year three of our asparagus patch. Our lifestyle is quite different than our neighbors, but we relish being able to go outside and pick dinner! My children especially enjoy harvesting potatoes.

  16. Stacy says:

    Jenna’s blog is fascinating, and I’d love to win the book. I’m trying to grow about 1/2 our vegetables, almost year-round, and I’ve almost convinced my husband to let me have a few chickens! Besides that, we support our local farmers at the market…

  17. Audrey says:

    I just discovered Jenna’s blog and am excited to check it daily. My husband and I are on a journey to become more self-sufficient in life. We presently live in a city but are building our strawbale home on weekends while raising our two children. We are eager to explore new ways of living sufficiently and caring for ourselves and our environment. Thank you for your podcast, it is both encouraging and inspiring.

  18. I totally yearn to live a more sustainable lifestyle. I am constantly opening up dialogue with my husband to get us more on tract and to line up our lives closer to my values.

    I’d love to read this book and am so happy to discover Jenna’s blog.

  19. erica says:

    We live in a city but just started our own flock of chickens and are having a lot of fun. Would love to leave the city and have a real homestead. I’d enjoy the book.

  20. We live on a small farm, along with a sled dog kennel in northern lower Michigan.

    Very rustic, simple, outhouse livin’.

    You can enjoy this life ~ truly! Just take one baby step in the right direction, and before you know it, you’ll be there.

    Check out our daily picture Blog to see our adventures.

  21. Jessica says:

    Yes, I think about that all the time. thanks for the inspiring interview!

  22. Mary says:

    I’ve read Jenna’s book and loved it. I’d love to have a copy as a resource to keep on hand.
    Jenna’s inspired me to work in hand-made projects where possible in my rented, shared home. I hope to one day have a garden and beehive and plan to start antique shopping for oldie, hand/(wo)man powered appliances.

    Awesome podcast!

  23. Anna says:

    I borrowed Jenna’s book from the library and felt an instant bond to her. I’m a country girl living in the burbs and many a days feel trapped in this city life. My city doesn’t allow for the keeping of chicken,ducks or beehives. I would love to sneak a goat into my backyard shed. Until I figure out how to do that I’m content to get a few garden boxes started.
    Thanks for a great interview. I’d love to have a copy of Jenna’s book for my bookshelf!

  24. Rowena Philbeck says:

    Awesome interview…I plan on getting your book as well. That is what I would love to do again…and even more involved than before. Tired of the rat race.

  25. Deb says:

    Hi Jennifer! Just a heads up, but the post “CraftSanity Giveaway Winners & Another Granny Square” never appeared on your blog. There is a reference to it in the comment section for episode #96, but when I click on it, it says it could not be found.

  26. Liz says:

    Jennifer: I think you might be having a wordpress problem. I came back to this post to see the conversation about off-the-grid living, and in the comments in mentions a kickback to a blog post: “Pingback from CraftSanity » CraftSanity Giveaway Winners & Another Granny Square
    Time: April 27, 2009, 8:17 pm” that doesn’t exist when I click on it. Is it just me?

    Thanks, Liz

  27. Julia says:

    I’ve always wanted to live out in the country and make as much of what it takes to sustain myself and my family as I could. I live in a big city, though, and fulfill this dream by container gardening (including a kumquat tree which bears delicious fruit!), baking, cooking, spinning, knitting and occasionally sewing. I’d love to win the book – so inspiring. My current favorite bread recipe is actually from another crafty podcaster. It’s a honey wheat bread that I make at least once a month and eat slathered with butter and more honey. You must try it: http://theknittingcook.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=144500&comments=on. Also, I have a suggestion for an interview. Kristi Porter is a long-time knit designer who was in on the ground level with knitty. She just released a book of warm weather knits, Knitting in the Sun, and would give a great interview. She’s been blogging and designing since the beginning of on-line knitting and has a long history of experience.

  28. Erica says:

    I’ve been interested in homesteading for a couple years now. I was actually invited and seriously considering moving with my friend to a mesa in Arizona. She moved last year but I am not ready for the leap yet. They live 20 minutes from a main road, and 30 minutes from town.
    I’ve been knitting and crafting for years. I’m learning how to make my own soap, how to do photography with natural materials, and starting a vegetable garden. It can get overwhelming to try to learn everything at once, so it’s important to space it out. I have a website where I sell some of my handmade goods and other things that I sell to help me downsize my life and save up to realize my dreams. My friend who moved to Arizona is the one who told me about Jenna’s book. I’d love to read it but I don’t have the money right now to buy it and the library doesn’t carry it. I’m sure it will come into my life eventually though.

  29. Annie Beez says:

    I am an artist and SAHM who dreams of homesteading and owning chickens! I currently live in the burbs, but Jenna’s experience has taught me that my dream is reachable, in small increments! What a wonderful inspiration!

  30. I’d love to read it but I don’t have the money right now to buy it and the library doesn’t carry it. I’m sure it will come into my life eventually though.

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