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Former urbanite, present shepherdess and current farm writer - Jenna Woginrich has big plans. Plans that include living a more self-sufficient life with dogs at her side and wi-fi in the barn. 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 Cold Antler Farm - a blog about her life as a beginner farmer, and her new book Cold Antler Farm (Published by Roost), is now out in bookstores. You can also find her on several other farm blogs and speaking events. She also happens to bake a mean apple pie, so y'all watch out.

Entries by Jenna Woginrich

Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers

(29) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 11:18 AM

"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

(176) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:26 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 | 12:08 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 | 12:07 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 | 2:40 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 | 11:16 AM

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 | 11:29 AM

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 | 2:03 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 | 1:27 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 | 3:02 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 | 11:47 AM

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 | 7:37 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 | 3:59 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 | 4:21 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 | 5:43 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 | 12:20 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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Even My Goose Supports Green Energy

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2009 | 10:22 AM

So my goose Saro is all grown up. This week she started laying her first eggs, which are HUGE compared to the chickens' usual deposits. They're fun to find, she lays them all around the coop in little hidden places. It's like a game trying to find the goose egg...

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This Year Make The Resolution To Start Your Urban Homestead

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2008 | 5:10 PM

There are a lot of people living in urban environments who would love to bring a little more homegrown goodness into their lives, but honestly don't buy that it's possible. Let's be honest, when you wake up to car alarms and reside several stories above the soil--how realistic is it...

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Going Old School: Amish Gadgets For The Modern Kitchen

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2008 | 11:33 AM

Some of the greenest tools you can add to your kitchen are also the oldest. The following list comes from the Lehman's catalog, an Ohio-based mail order company that caters to Amish families around the country. It's one of the few places you can get everything you could ever...

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A Beginner's Guide to City Chickens

(3) Comments | Posted September 24, 2008 | 5:12 PM

Tired of paying five bucks for cage-free eggs? Getting uncomfortable about all the reports on factory farming? Want an organic source of protein right in your own backyard? Well, a lot of folks feel the same way and their answer's unanimous - a backyard flock of chickens. From Portland patios...

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