BarnheartPosted: January 4, 2012
Barnheart: the Incurable Longing for a Farm of One’s Own, by Jenna Woginrich
Jenna is a young web designer who recently relocated to the Vermont/New York area. She’d really rather be outside, doing farm chores. That longing she calls Barnheart, and if you read her book, or her blog, Cold Antler Farm, you might catch it too. If you grow herbs or tomatoes, enjoy talking with farmers selling zucchini or honey at the farmer’s market, think of baking some bread, picking berries or apples, or maybe keeping some chickens, you’re in good company. But what Jenna really wants are sheep, a trained border collie, a big vegetable garden, possibly a goat and definitely chickens and geese. When you’re young, single, renting, move frequently with two Siberian huskies and not much money, that dream seems unrealistic. This is Jenna’s story of how she’s starting to achieve her dreams. Her earlier books are Made from Scratch and Chick Days.
Other recent back to the land memoirs I’ve enjoyed are: Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, by Ree Drummond; And I Shall Have Some Peace There, by Margaret Roach; and The Feast Nearby, by Robin Mather.