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

If you’ve ever dreamed about moving to the country and living off the land, you need to listen to this podcast featuring Jenna Woginrich, the author of “Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life.”

Like many of us, Jenna, 26, of Sandgate, Vermont, works for “The Man” during the day. (She’s a web designer.) But when she goes home, she rules the roost — literally. After hours, Jenna homesteads. Her informative and entertaining book documents her first year as a rookie homesteader, fumbing at times as she teaches herself how to bake bread, grow a garden, raise chickens, become a beekeeper, sew and spin. Oh, yeah, and she also taught herself how to play fiddle and mountain dulcimer.

Clearly, this is not a phase, but an admirable adventure that Jenna continues to document on her Cold Antler Farm blog. And I believe there’s enough drama in her book to keep even the most content city folks turning the pages to find out what happens next.

The only danger of listening to Jenna’s story and reading her book is that you may be overcome by the desire to launch yourself headfirst into homesteading, too. (Of course, my immediate response to put on my straw hat and speed to the back 40 could very well stem from the disappointing experiences I’ve had living with a neighborhood association. So, you might be okay.)

I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but respect a woman who is willing to do what it takes to truly live an authentic life, even if it means transporting sheep in her car. (See photo above.)

So, make yourself some masonade, settle in with a project, and get ready to be inspired to at least consider simplifying, consuming less, giving more, and pushing yourself to stretch outside your comfort zone to try something new and exciting.

UPDATE!!!! Win Jenna’s Book! The cool folks at Storey Publishing have agreed to donate three copies of Jenna’s book to CraftSanity listeners. So fire up your mp3 player, check out the podcast and then tell us what you think about Jenna’s adventure and the one you may be planning for yourself. Leave a comment below by April 26 to enter the random drawing. Do you dream of moving to the country and growing all your own vegetables? Yes? No? Share your story, a favorite bread recipe, or both.

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Comment from Michele
Time: April 13, 2009, 3:35 am

Thanks for this episode! I enjoy the Cold Antler Farm blog and am waiting for the book to arrive any day now so this episode felt very timely.

I’ve just made a huge transition that’s half-way to homesteading and getting closer each day. Hearing other people’s DIY stories, whether inspiring or disastrous, is an important motivation and I’m grateful to Jenna to sharing her experiences so openly.

I would, however, like to offer a counterpoint to the claim that vegetarians don’t participate in the meat economy. We do. Even though we may not financially support the endeavors of more ethical meat producers, boycotting a product is a real economic statement. It reduces demand and directs financial resources to other goods.

Comment from shannon
Time: April 13, 2009, 5:00 am

I’ll be adding Jenna’s farm blog to our daily reading! We live a very similar life here on the very edge of NYC suburbia- two day jobs, two kiddos, and 6 acres which are home to 200 laying hens, a family of dairy goats, three bee hives with all of their residents, and two garden tilling pigs, Roco and Lola. :) It’s definitely worth it for us, though you certainly need to have a certain *fondness* for shoveling manure.

Comment from Laura from beautiful West Michigan
Time: April 13, 2009, 9:24 am

Worlds collide! I read Jenna’s book and then read her blog from the beginning! And here you are blogging about it. I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but for sure I will. This suburbia grandma believes she should have lived in the country all her life, and even though I can only begin with a garden, I am definitely adding “homestead” to my life. Hmmm, with whom do I check about having chickens in my backyard? Better do that soon!

Comment from el
Time: April 13, 2009, 12:25 pm

Wow, what an fab idea. The book sounds marvelous, would love to win it. Thanks for another great podcast.

Comment from Dawn Elizabeth
Time: April 13, 2009, 2:29 pm

Wow, she sounds amazing. LOL! The books sounds awesome and a definite one that needs to go on my summer reading list!

Comment from Debbie M.
Time: April 13, 2009, 7:33 pm

I can relate to carrying sheep in the car. Once we had to take a calf to the vet and the easiest way to take her was to put her in the pick-up. Dad drove, I kept the calf from getting in his way, and a grand memory was made!

Comment from Ana
Time: April 13, 2009, 8:23 pm

I saw a show on PBS called Frontier House it featured a few families who were taken into the wilderness. It was an experiment that took the families back to 1883. They had to make a living off the land and their wits…just as they would have back in that year. I always wished we could have tried that out…it sounds as if this young woman has…excellent!

Comment from Georgia
Time: April 14, 2009, 5:43 am

This is absolutely my dream; we are getting our first chickens this spring and hope to have angora bunnies next year. I was really excited when I learned that Jenna is also in Vermont. I’m going out to buy this book immediately! Thank you Jennifer for doing this podcast!

Comment from Aimee
Time: April 14, 2009, 8:37 am

Just listened to the podcast. I’m impressed that she is doing this at such a young age and by herself. I’m still working on trying to make homemade bread.

Comment from Rhonda
Time: April 14, 2009, 12:19 pm

I spent this past winter in Mexico as it was a dream come true for me to immerse myself in this culture..My free spirit will be moving to a small town in the summer to embrace space inside,out and to become more involved with my art. Thanx for sharing

In Artistic Solidarity;

Comment from Katherine Burke
Time: April 14, 2009, 1:39 pm

Another great episode! I think growing a garden in the office cubicle is a brilliant idea. The 3pm snack craving could be relieved by a few cherry tomatoes right next to my mouse! Listening to this podcast at work made me day dream about farm life. Thank you to introducing this topic to my workday.

Comment from Turtle
Time: April 14, 2009, 7:25 pm

oh my gosh, i haven’t heard of this wonderful lady! As a native vermonter, born and raised…then married a sailor/city boy and been relocated ever since…. i so want to read this! I grew up on a dairy farm, hubby? Thinks i’m nuts for wanting goats and chickens.

Comment from Jennie C.
Time: April 14, 2009, 10:00 pm

I’ve sorta been there and done that as a child. My father was WAY too into the Wilderness Family movies. We moved from L.A. to the deep woods in BC, Canada. I know how to haul water and wash clothes on a scrub board or in a ringer washer. Me and my sister dug an outhouse hole that was about 10 feet deep. There’s elements of the life that are great, but it really is a lot of work.

Comment from Kari
Time: April 15, 2009, 9:49 am

Jenna rocks. I cannot wait to check out her book. I do dream of all things handmade and have had lots of garden failures. It’s nice to hear I’m not alone. It’s a bummer to get so enthusiastic and have things not turn out. Try, try again!
I have had success with soap-making and many endeavors but there’s always something new to try.
I’m very curious as to where in ID she was farming -I’m from Spokane, WA. I will have to look into it. Great show!

Comment from Kim
Time: April 15, 2009, 9:50 am

I am inspired by Jenna. I am from the Southside of Chicago and dream of living on a small farm, with a big farm house. Not so keen on the animals though! I currently live in Los Angeles, in a tiny apt with not much room for storing supplies and I for sure do not have any land, not even a patio or a balcony. However, I am attempting to grow veggies this year in a small container garden. I really hope it works!

Jenna sounds like a really brave and courageous person, living life on her own terms and I am inspired by her choice. And who knew people were still homesteading!

Comment from Val
Time: April 15, 2009, 10:50 am

I can’t wait to read the book. Even with all the ‘warnings’ the self-made life still sounds romantic.

Comment from Amy Curran
Time: April 15, 2009, 11:32 am

What a great show. I found Jenna so inspiring and I would love to read her book.

Comment from sandy
Time: April 15, 2009, 12:39 pm

I love the masonade but every time I show up with a jar of it people just assume it’s some sort of travelling margarita! My raised bed garden is as close as I’ll ever get to homesteading, but I’d love to read this book.

Comment from Laura
Time: April 15, 2009, 7:14 pm

Oh wow! Homesteading is my dream, I would love to read her book. My garden, some home baked bread and a bit of preserving are as close as I’ll get for the time being…

Comment from dana
Time: April 16, 2009, 7:57 am

hi there. thanks for continuing your podcasting. you are inspiring in many ways. i think you might fit in better here in boulder. . .

hahahahahahaha. anyway, my sister raises sheep and i love them. but i love chickens more. its on my list of things to do before i die!


Comment from Kelley
Time: April 16, 2009, 10:18 am

What a great show. I admire Jenna for making her dreams come true. So far, mine just stay dreams, so I live vicariously through the blogs and books I read. I may not have the animals for a homestead, but I do bake bread, sew, knit, and am planning a small garden. Baby steps!

Comment from Janis
Time: April 16, 2009, 3:34 pm

I love your podcasts. I’ve listened to every one of them. I was inspired by Jenna’s lifestyle and the things she is learning to do. I enjoy my little garden in my yard. And I have been known to make my own bread. Oh, and I quilt. But that is as far as I’ve taken it. I need her book to move me further along.

Comment from Melissa
Time: April 16, 2009, 3:47 pm

I love what she is doing and would love to do what she is doing with my daughters. We just bought a 1 acre property!!!

Comment from Jesse
Time: April 16, 2009, 4:02 pm

This was such an inspiring interview – thank you! It’s good to be reminded that even if you can’t live the complete farming lifestyle, every little bit that you can do is claiming something back, for yourself.

I started a vegetable garden in pots this year, and for the first time ever things grew well! Peppers, tomatoes, herbs… All because I watched someone else watering their plants, and finally understood how much water to give a potplant. (I grew up in area of the country that has frequent droughts, sometimes for as long as 7 years,and I learnt to water plants accordingly.)

Comment from Aileen
Time: April 16, 2009, 7:10 pm

What a great story and inspiration! Another wonderful interview. Thanks.

Comment from Sherri D
Time: April 17, 2009, 6:41 am

With the economy the way it is these days, it seems these homesteading topics are all the rage. I find it interesting as I was homesteading just 12 years ago!
I might be feeling my age these days though, as I near age 60, I don’t want to put in the work to keep a garden, clean up after chickens, etc. I think though, that going to farmer’s markets is a way for older folks and city folks to live better.
Of course quilting, knitting, crocheting, and baking/canning/bread-making are all things one can do as well. I love my bread machine, but not as much as making things from fabric!

Comment from Mindy
Time: April 17, 2009, 12:45 pm

I would love to read this book. I have always wanted to do what this woman is doing.

Comment from Rae
Time: April 17, 2009, 11:50 pm

Loved the interview- thanks for getting me through cleaning my house once again.

I’m of the mindset of picking and choosing. I’d love to have enough vegetables and fruits to feed my family with grown on my own, but I don’t know about livestock. I don’t know what the Great Dane would think, either.

Comment from Louise
Time: April 18, 2009, 4:50 am

Thanks again Jennifer, that was another great podcast! I love stories like this – as a child I adored Betty MacDonald’s ‘The Egg & I’. And I just ordered a book so that I could learn to bake my own bread – small steps :)

Comment from sequinK
Time: April 18, 2009, 12:30 pm

Thanks for the great podcast. I’m a total wannabe urban homesteader–our small front yard is a veggie garden, we have blueberries and potatoes in pots on the patio, we’re setting up a worm bin, and I’m getting psyched to do the whole home canning thing this summer. Chickens are on the list, as are a beehive on the garage roof,… a girl can dream!

Comment from Debbie
Time: April 18, 2009, 2:32 pm

Oh my!!!! I haven’t had time to check your site for a week or so and here it is….just what our family has been spending time discussing. If we could only find the land. I’d love to read this book. In fact, I’m calling the library right now to see if I can borrow it.

Comment from Janelle
Time: April 18, 2009, 4:05 pm

What a great interview – thanks, Jennifer and Jenna! I love that not owning property doesn’t stop Jenna from beginning to build her dream home. Way to go. My family is already involved in a few activities that are homestead-like (gardening, knitting, spinning, yogurt-making…) or at least homestead-friendly (CSA membership) and this interview just strengthens my resolve that this is the right path for us, too. Thanks for the inspiration.

Comment from Sabrina
Time: April 18, 2009, 9:56 pm

Thanks for the info on Jenna – I love the picture with the sheep in the car! :) I just started using Twitter and found your website through a Twitter Search; looks great!

We are doing are best to be more self sufficient and homestead-y as well. My S.O. just butchered two sows, and I saved the liver to try to make Braunsweiger. A few years ago I would have been too squeamish, but I think I’ll try it now. We have goats, rabbits, chickens, and plan to get a few ducklings; and of course the garden will be put in as soon as we’re sure it won’t freeze or snow again! LOL

A couple more great homesteading blogs:

Comment from Sarah
Time: April 19, 2009, 3:24 pm

I grew up in a mountainside Colonial house completed in 1790. Children of old, old houses seem to absorb some sense of life in older days, and I grew up waiting for a snowstorm to knock the power out so that I could bake in our cookstove and read by candlelight.

I’m nearly afraid to read Made from Scratch, lest if fan the flames of my desire to get out of the burbs even higher than they are currently burning. Because now I’m a rural New Englander trapped in a North Texas suburb, doing my absolute best to build a homemade life into a developer-made lifestyle. I knit, spin, crochet, bake, can, and sew. A complete and utter lack of soil has slowed my gardening (I can barely grow weeds here), and my HOA seems really prickly about bringing Alpaca onto the Cul-de-Sac (what gives??). I support all the local veggie, meat and fiber farmers I can find, and am a regular at our little local Farmer’s Market. Alas, this will all have to suffice for now. My compensating dream is that we will return to New England and hit the ground running with chickens and alpaca, sheep and maple taps. Heck, I am going to be so happy to see trees again, I might even take up whittling. I’ll let you know.

Comment from celeste
Time: April 19, 2009, 8:37 pm

I loved this interview. I just finished reading her book (checked out from the library…I’d love to win a copy. I went through her research section in the back and placed every book available on hold. I particularly am loving Food Not Lawns. And am hoping to have a little garden going this year — maybe some pots to grow lettuce, tomatoes and carrots. We have an almost 10 month old now and it’s really still amazingly difficult to get things done during daylight hours! Next year we’re going to raised beds and lots more “landscaping” with edible plants.

Comment from Jessica
Time: April 19, 2009, 10:23 pm

This is inspiring, every so often I get the urge to chuck it all and try something like this. Maybe some day… In the meanwhile I do a little bit here and there to keep myself sane in this insane world.

Comment from June
Time: April 20, 2009, 7:33 am

AWESOME interview. The photo above of the sheep in the wagon and the look of determination on Jenna’s face is priceless. We all should be as brazen pursuing our dreams, not giving a “cluck” as to what other other peeps think! Jennifer, I loved your heartfelt sentiments at the end of the show too. Best of luck as you move forward with what truly makes you happy! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

Comment from Lissy
Time: April 20, 2009, 10:12 am

I adored this episode. In my mind, I’m in Vermont, living a quieter and more contemplative life. It’s nice to know that some folks have already started living that dream.

I love your podcast interviews. You do such a great job of drawing folks out to talk about not only their most current project, but their views on life and their history and what brought them to where they are. Keep up the most excellent work!

Comment from Kate
Time: April 20, 2009, 3:45 pm

Wonderful interview! I must read this book, even if only to feed my dreams! I love the thought of living a simpler and more self-sufficient life. Thanks

Comment from Laure
Time: April 20, 2009, 3:49 pm

This was a terrific interview. I grew up in farm country and am nowliving a bland suburban life. I often dream of going back to my roots to have some land and some livestock. I found Jenna incredible inspiring!

Comment from Barbara D.
Time: April 20, 2009, 4:29 pm

I agree with many of the comments before me – this was a terrific interview. It really opened up my eyes how to make my money work harder, i.e., buying organic meats and veggies instead of trying to be vegetarian. She’s living my dream – I want to raise sheep and chickens but father time is zooming up faster and faster. I really enjoy your podcasts.

Comment from ellie
Time: April 20, 2009, 6:41 pm

Fantastic interview! I grew up playing in my mom’s garden, but haven’t gotten a chance to make one myself as an adult. I did join a CSA this year though! I’m loving learning about so many new to me vegetables.

Comment from Renee
Time: April 21, 2009, 4:00 am

Well I tried to listen to the podcast but my computer wigged out on me, I’ll try again when I have time. I did go to Jenna’s blog and enjoyed browsing it. Thanks for introducing her and her lifestyle to us!

Comment from Happygirl
Time: April 21, 2009, 9:41 am

My hubby and I moved to the country a few years ago, but have not (yet) decided to add farm animals to the mix. We both have day jobs, but I would love to come home to chickens, sheep and alpacas. The idea of growing my own food and especially creating yarn from my own fiber animals is definitely something I’d like to try.

Thanks for a great interview – I can’t wait to read the book!

Comment from Sunday
Time: April 21, 2009, 10:05 am

This is the first episode of CraftSanity I’ve listened to; and, wow, what a start. Jenna’s adventures really got me thinking about why I craft and what’s been missing in my life lately – that sense of self-reliance. I blogged about how much the episode inspired me to get back to the basics and gave my readers a link to this episode page so the few who follow my posts will have the chance to listen to this very inspiring story. Will I be homesteading any time soon? Probably not. But, I will be getting back to crafting for the love of it, mending and making do instead of buying new, and maybe planting some tomatoes. I can’t wait to read Jenna’s book and to listen to more of your podcasts.

Comment from kristen
Time: April 21, 2009, 1:22 pm

though i don’t want chickens in my backyard, i do love baking my own bread and canning tomatoes in the fall, and drying my laundry on the line, and making my own clothes or refashioning clothes from the thrift shop, and plan on growing vegetables once my son grows up and our backyard is no longer a baseball field….

here’s my standard bread recipe, from my friend mona:

mix 1-1/2T of yeast with 1/2t salt, 3T honey, and 3c warm water in a large bowl.

mix in another bowl 4c flour (i use half white half wheat), 1c oatmeal that you whirred up in the food processor a little bit, and 1c of a mix of wheat germ, oat bran, flax meal, or whatever else you want.

mix the dry into the wet, just until combined. let sit, covered with a damp towel, for 2-3 hours.

at this point, you can stick it in the fridge, or use it right away.

20 minutes before baking, turn the oven up to 400, with a broiler pan on the bottom rack.

rip off half the dough and shape into a rectangle, and fold the four corners under, then fit into a well-greased bread pan. repeat with other half of the dough and another pan.

right before putting the pans in the oven, pour a cup of boiling water into the broiler pan. then put the pans in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes.


Comment from kelli
Time: April 21, 2009, 6:50 pm

I love the idea of living like Laura Ingalls Wilder! I bake bread, can, raise food, knit, sew, craft…

I’d love to have chickens, but I don’t really need one more load of poop to clean up and one more creature to keep alive (at this point). Lucky for me, the preschool that my sons attend has 2 chickens and every 8 weeks I get to clean the barn (reminding me why I don’t want to do this every day) and keep any eggs that I find.

Comment from Thien-Kim
Time: April 21, 2009, 7:11 pm

I’m not sure if I want to go live in the woods, but I’m currently an apt dweller. I’d love to have my own home with a yard. Grow some veggies, flowers. Just have more grass and nature to relax in.

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Comment from gina
Time: April 22, 2009, 9:05 am

fun! :) thanks for the ideas. i would love to win the book!

Comment from Deb
Time: April 22, 2009, 10:12 am

Hi Jennifer! I loved this podcast — I’ve had the self-sufficiency seed planted in my heart since I was in high school. We now have a little land, and our garden has grown a little larger each year. Last year we went a little crazy with the summer squash, but I learned that if I grate it and freeze it in 2-cup batches, I can make chocolate zuchini bread for a long time!!! The recipe I use is wonderful, and is #220 on, or if the link might work —

I substitute half applesauce for half the oil, and reduce the sugar to 1-1/2 cups. If you line your loaf pans with a “sling” of parchment paper, you can just run a knife along the ends of the pan to make sure there is no “stickage” and lift the bread out with the parchment paper. Also, when I defrost the zuchini, I use the liquid too. We love this bread!!!!

I’m crossing fingers and eyes that I might win this book, as I would really love to read it!!!

Thanks again for the best podcast in existence! = } Deb

Comment from emergizer
Time: April 22, 2009, 11:28 am

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.

Comment from Kimi
Time: April 22, 2009, 12:33 pm

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

Comment from Rachel
Time: April 22, 2009, 12:34 pm

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.

Comment from Kim
Time: April 22, 2009, 7:41 pm

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.

Comment from Kimmie
Time: April 23, 2009, 11:15 am

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.

Comment from Amy
Time: April 23, 2009, 12:31 pm

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.

Comment from Kim McM.
Time: April 23, 2009, 1:33 pm

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.

Comment from Darx
Time: April 23, 2009, 2:04 pm

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?

Comment from Starr Begley
Time: April 23, 2009, 4:04 pm

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.

Comment from Judi S
Time: April 23, 2009, 5:52 pm

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.

Comment from cindi
Time: April 23, 2009, 6:20 pm

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

Comment from Desiree
Time: April 24, 2009, 4:19 am

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. :)

Comment from Roseanna
Time: April 24, 2009, 7:21 am

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

Comment from Liz
Time: April 24, 2009, 7:37 am

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

Comment from sUsAn
Time: April 24, 2009, 8:55 am

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.

Comment from Stacy
Time: April 24, 2009, 10:41 am

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…

Comment from Audrey
Time: April 24, 2009, 1:50 pm

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.

Comment from Valerie Willman
Time: April 24, 2009, 4:38 pm

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.

Comment from erica
Time: April 24, 2009, 6:37 pm

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.

Comment from Sherry Sutherby
Time: April 24, 2009, 8:56 pm

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.

Comment from Jessica
Time: April 25, 2009, 10:36 am

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

Comment from Mary
Time: April 26, 2009, 10:44 am

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!

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Comment from Anna
Time: April 27, 2009, 9:55 am

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!

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Comment from Rowena Philbeck
Time: April 29, 2009, 9:59 am

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.

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Time: May 6, 2009, 1:39 pm

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
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Thanks, Liz

Comment from Julia
Time: May 21, 2009, 10:54 am

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: 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.

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Time: March 3, 2010, 5:22 pm

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.

Comment from Annie Beez
Time: May 26, 2010, 8:58 pm

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!

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