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Cold Antler Farm: A Memoir of Growing Food and Celebrating Life on a Scrappy Six-Acre Homestead [Paperback]

Jenna Woginrich

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10 July 2014
Farm City meets The Omnivore's Dilemma in Cold Antler Farm, a collection of essays on raising food on a small homestead , while honoring the natural cycle of the "lost" holidays of the agricultural calendar.

Author Jenna Woginrich is mistress of her one-woman farm and is well known for her essays on the mud and mess, the beautiful and tragic, the grime and passion that accompany homesteading. In Cold Antler Farm, her fifth book, she draws our attention to the flow and cycle not of the calendar year, but of the ancient agricultural year: holidays,  celebrations, seasonal touchstones, and astronomical events that mark sacred turning points in the seasons.
     Amidst the "lost" holidays of the equinoxes, May Day, Hallowmas, and Yule, we learn the life stories of her beloved animals and crops--chicken, pig, lamb, apples, basil, tomatoes. May apple blossoms are sweet fruit for rambunctious sheep in June. And come September, the harvest draws together neighbors for cider making under the waning summer sun. The living beings she is tending fuel one another--and the community--day to day, season by season.
     By examining what eating seasonally really means, the "ancient" reclaimed calendar becomes a source of wisdom. How do we set down roots and break new ground in spring? How to best nourish body and soul in the heat of deep summer? And what can we learn by simply paying more attention to weather patterns than to our social network feeds? Cold Antler Farm encourages us to eat and live well with respect to for the natural rhythm of the seasons. In turn we learn what it means to be truly connected, not super-networked.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, evocative thoughts on owning a small homestead 19 Jun 2014
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I love Woginrich's books, and this one is excellent. It focuses on the wheel of the year, and includes essays on both the seasonal responsibilities and their rewards. Very grounded!

My husband and I hope to retire to a small holding like this, though we are not up for being as ambitious as Woginrich is! Still, it's very inspirational, and her writing is helping me to maybe find some joy in gardening (I'm more a critter person) than merely the harvest.

I also love the way she connects the wheel of the year with social commentary. That context is vital to sustainable lifestyles, however they might be achieved.

Highly recommended, especially to people who long for a small-holding of their own- however realistic that might be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book! 8 July 2014
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I own all of Jenna's books, but this one is hands down my very favorite!! I love the way she writes about living life on her small homestead through the Wheel of the Year, and her thoughts, feelings, and experiences as each season passes. I've been a fan of hers for a long time, and this is one book I'll definitely be enjoying more than once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jenna speaks to my heart! Very well written, ... 18 July 2014
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Jenna speaks to my heart! Very well written, she is wise beyond her years! Exactly the type of information I was hoping to read. Thank you Jenna for you insight!
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be afraid to take the 'plunge' can and it did pay off for Jenna. 5 Aug 2014
By marci caporizzo - Published on
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I loved is someone who threw caution to the wind and went for more joy and experience in LIFE. We should all perhaps take a moment or two to imagine what we would do if the life we were living was contrary to what we wanted to experience before we die. Everyone these days should be thinking more green and definitely more community involved. We all have to be the change we want to see in the world and she is happy with her choice.....I envy her in many ways. Jenna you may not have the riches that some Americans have but you are richer by far in more important ways. I will be giving her a call one of these days to stop by and make a donation and to experience life on 'Cold Antler Farm'. I can't wait for your next book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shut up and get on with it 10 July 2014
By FarmBoy - Published on
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Authentic, wordy though! So much so, that my wife and I couldn't take it, a 1/4 of the way through, we had enough. She is beyond pompous with her choice of prose! We wanted to hear about the nitty gritty from a real, down-to-earth perspective. I don't want to hear about farm life from someone who clearly still thinks she's in NY writing to superficial readers.
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