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Jenna Woginrich
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Former urbanite, present shepherdess and current farm writer - Jenna Woginrich has big plans. She drives a dented pickup truck and shares her New York farm and gardens with a border collie, sheep, a cart horse, a flock of gregarious chickens, three awkward geese, meat rabbits, pigs, goats, a hive of bees and loud turkeys. She's also the author of this scrappy blog - about her life as a small farmer, and her new book Cold Antler Farm (Published by Roost), is now out in bookstores. You can also find her on her Youtube Channel, where she posts weekly about homesteading.

Entries by Jenna Woginrich

My Gender Is Farmer

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 4:50 PM

It's almost 5 p.m. and I am salivating at the thought of dinner. It's my one meal a day and when I think of that defrosted slab of beef my heart races. Most days I wake up, consume enough coffee to fuel light aircraft, and then head outside for chores...

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Sleep Naked

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 1:46 PM

The best lessons I learned in the past few years:

If you have the urge to correct someone for a statement that makes them happy or excited and isn't hurting anyone, don't. All it does is make them feel embarrassed and you sound like an asshole.

Everyone is...

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You're a Furnace

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 8:07 AM

This morning I arose in a very cold house. It was 48 degrees in the warmest part of the living room. How cold is that? Well, I'll put it this way. I woke up to the sound of my dog drinking out of the toilet, strike that, cracking through a...

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Do I Enjoy Killing?

(22) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 12:44 PM

While sitting in the hunting blind, my father's deer rifle resting across my thighs, I kept thinking of an accusation someone wrote to me months ago here. The comment came from a member of the Animal Rights movement. My life online as a farmer is public and whenever...

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Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers

(29) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:18 PM

"Don't Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers." That was the title of an op-ed piece in the New York Times circling around my Facebook feed this week. You may have read it yourself, but if not here's the gist: There is no money in farming with...

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An Open Letter From a Farmer to Angry Vegetarians

(151) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 11:26 AM

About once a week I get an email or comment from the Animal Rights contingent. It is expected and usually I do not engage. I need to remember that when I published my first book I was a vegetarian raising a few laying hens and pet rabbits. Readers who knew...

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Should Young Farmers Be Exempt From a National Draft?

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 1:08 PM

I remember hearing a friend complaining about the Amish once at a dinner party, saying in angry tones how "they don't pay taxes or fight for their country." I raised my eyebrow at this. The Amish do, of course, pay sale and income taxes (save Social Security, and then only...

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Do Not Compare My Dogs to Pigs. Ever.

(70) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 1:07 PM

No animal even remotely compares in import to the dog here at Cold Antler Farm. Dogs get the lion's share of attention, love, and care. They live in the house with me. They share my bed and furniture. They get the best medical...
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Raise Your Own BBQ Wings: A Workshop in Backyard Chicken Harvesting

(24) Comments | Posted June 7, 2011 | 3:40 PM

Just a warning for any sensitive readers: This post goes into detail about the meat bird workshop I held this past weekend. If you don't care to read about the subject, just ignore it. But for those of you interested in the how-to of eating your own backyard chickens, read...

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This Is Not My Hobby: Backyard Farming Deserves a Better Title

(35) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 12:16 PM

I am starting to cringe every time I hear the phrase "hobby farm." I just hate the assumptions that surround the words, circling it like confused sharks. The idea that your backyard farm or small rural acreage is equivalent to your Tuesday night bowling team or bird-watching club really gets...

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Put Down Your iPad. Pick Up a Shovel.

(35) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 12:29 PM

I like technology. I'm using some right now, actually. I'm writing a blog post on a computer, and it doesn't get more technological than that on a sheep farm. I also enjoy my home's electricity, my combustion-engine truck, heated water buckets, my refrigerator and the hundreds of other inventions and...

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If You Care About Farm Animals: Eat Them.

(557) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 3:03 PM

I was a vegetarian for nearly a decade, something I decided to do in college when I became aware of the mistreatment and cruelty in industrial agriculture. But I decided to come home to eating meat earlier this year and am glad I...

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Green Beer: Homebrewing

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2010 | 2:27 PM


There's an argument to be made that homebrewing is greenbrewing. Crafting your own beer at home lets you create an artisanal product that doesn't need to be shipped by the truckload around the country: saving on fuel and cutting down greenhouse gases. Home brewing...

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I'm Going To A Sheep Butchering Party

(216) Comments | Posted March 18, 2010 | 4:02 PM

This weekend I'll be attending a Greenhorns event in upstate New York called the Hogget Cook Off. It's the first of a two-day event that centers around basic butchering education, but the buck doesn't stop there. Every aspect of processing the animal will come into play. The fleece will be...

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Barnheart: It's an Epidemic

(10) Comments | Posted March 16, 2010 | 12:47 PM

2010-03-16-barnheartsm.jpgThere's a condition that inflicts some of us and I can only describe as Barnheart. Barnheart is a sharp, targeted, depression that inflicts certain people (myself being one of them) as harsh and ugly as a steak knife being shoved into an uncooked turkey. It's...

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We're Not From Around Here

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2009 | 8:37 AM

We're not from around here. I know you see us all the time, but trust me, we're from someplace else. We may have lived our whole lives right next door to you, but we left quite some time ago. We found another place and it suits us just fine.

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We Are What We Eat. Let's Be Something Better.

(5) Comments | Posted September 15, 2009 | 4:59 PM

Last night I left the farm and drove into Manchester to see Food Inc. (which was wonderful) and engage in a group discussion about industrial food. Now, I knew I was going to the movies, but I had no idea when the film was over there would be a...

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Is the Green Movement Making Farmers Cool?

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 5:21 PM

The Times recently ran an article about the haycation: a working weekend at a small farm you pay to attend. Turns out that a certain strain of urban locavores are flocking from the cities to visit farms that double as Bed & Breakfasts. They go to get their hands...

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Put a Lid On It: Learning to Can

(2) Comments | Posted August 3, 2009 | 6:43 PM

The market season is in full swing, and if you were to drop in on your local farmer's stands this weekend (depending on your location) you may come across barrels of tomatoes, beans, sweet corn, and other fresh produce primed for your dinner table that very night. You probably already...

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Masonades: Organic Refreshments to Go, Farm Style

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2009 | 1:20 PM


The days are getting warmer and all of us are spending a lot more time outside. Regardless if you're enjoying an outdoor concert or toiling in the vegetable garden -- it's high time for some good old fashioned refreshments.

I'm a big fan...

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