The homesteading adventures of Jenna Woginrich have caught the imagination of thousands who dream of a more self-sufficient lifestyle. As she learns to farm by trial and error, she records her offbeat observations and poignant moments with honesty, humility, and humor. In Barnheart, she tells the story of her quest to find a permanent home for herself and her livestock -- a herd of sheep, a flock of chickens, some geese and ducks, rabbits, a goat, and a turkey. Even when taking on cranky neighbors, small-town politics, and the difficulties of running a farm alone on a shoestring, she never loses her sense of humor. You’ll find inspiration in this entertaining tale of longing and striving for a more authentic life.
Carpenter Spike Carlsen, his wife, and their recently blended family of five kids set out to build a cabin on the north shore of Lake Superior. Part building guide and part memoir, Cabin Lessons tells the funny, wry, and heartwarming story of their eventful journey -- from buying land on an eroding cliff to (finally) enjoying the hideaway of their dreams. Learning as they go, and learning about themselves and each other along the way, they find in the end that they’ve built a strong family as well as a sturdy cabin.
New Mexico This is the inspirational story of how one couple ditched their careers and high-pressure life in New York City to move to Truth or Consequences
A community of more than 5000 young farmers and activists, the Greenhorns are committed to producing and advocating for food grown with vision and respect for the earth. This book, edited by three of the group’s leading members, comprises 50 original essays by new farmers who write about their experiences in the field from a wide range of angles, both practical and inspirational. Funny and sad, serious and light-hearted, these essays touch on everything from financing and machinery to family, community building, and social change.
Goodbye, frozen pizza; hello, homesteading. In a hectic world of mass-produced food, clothing, and entertainment, it’s easy to miss out on the simple pleasures of doing things for yourself. Meet Jenna Woginrich, a 26-year-old web designer who decided to take control of her life — what she ate, what she wore, and how she spent her free time. Learn a few basic country skills, she reasoned, and she would be able to produce at least some of the food and other resources she used every day.
Made from Scratch
tells the story of Woginrich's hilarious, heartbreaking, soul-satisfying journey, inspiring and entertaining readers who dream about a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Now available in paperback.
“This fine, simple book is the real deal, and it will come as a great relief to people feeling some silent dread in a time of rising gas prices, food shortages, and the like. Much can be done — in your home!”
— Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy
“City girl turned farm girl, Jenna takes you on her wild ride (she even ends up with a “pet” dog sled team). Along the way, she gives you all the details you’ll need to create your own homemade life, whoever you are, wherever you live. From DIY clothing to grow-your-own meals, Jenna walks you to the door of your fantasy and points the way towards a more self-sufficient and authentic lifestyle.”
— MaryJane Butters, author of MaryJane’s Outpost: Unleashing Your Inner Wild
“A delightful account of one person’s journey to take back her life, written with verve and humor.”
— Gene Logsdon, author of The Contrary Farmer
“This is an outstanding book for anyone yearning for the satisfaction that comes with a simpler, more self-reliant and sustainable life. I highly recommend it, for both country and city homesteaders.”
— Cheryl Long, Editor in Chief, Mother Earth News
“Jenna Woginrich had me from the front cover to the back cover and wishing there was more after I was finished. Made From Scratch had me in tears at some points in the book and laughing out loud in others. This book is a perfect read for our times by getting back to basics for our health and our pocketbooks.”
— Mary Tobia, Times-News (Lehighton, Pennsylvania)
Jenna Woginrich’s inspiring journey from city cubicle to rural homestead has captivated readers of her blog and previous books. Now, in One-Woman Farm, Woginrich shares the joys, sorrows, trials, epiphanies, and blessings she discovers during a year on her own land, finding deep fulfillment in the practical tasks and timeless rituals of the agricultural life.