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Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One's Own (English Edition)
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Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One's Own (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jenna Woginrich

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Whether they’re about raising chickens or herding sheep, the tales of Jenna Woginrich have caught the imagination of thousands of young homesteaders. As she learns traditional farming skills by trial and error, Woginrich records her offbeat observations and poignant moments with honesty, humility, and humor.

In BarnHeart, she lands at a small rented farm and struggles to find her place in a reserved rural community filled with working farmers who are scraping by and wealthy vacation-home owners with fancy barns that never house livestock. Although her barnheart — a term Woginrich coins to describe her state of longing for a farm of her own — never subsides, she makes do on her rented farmstead, caring for her sheep, chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits, a goat, and a turkey, until relationships sour and she’s abruptly forced to leave. Where will she and her animals go? Will she finally be able to afford the farm she’s always dreamed of?

Even when dealing with cranky neighbors, small-town politics, and the loneliness that comes with running a farm on her own, Woginrich never loses her sense of humor. Readers will recognize themselves and find inspiration in this appealing story of longing and striving for a more authentic life.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 13 janvier 2012
Par Sara - Publié sur
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I read the author's first book and really enjoyed it. This one was disappointing to me. It seemed less authentic and more like a caricature.In some strange way she seemed to be name-dropping; from the breeds of hens, to the kind of car she drove, to the music she listened to. Her enthusiasm seems genuine but maybe she has just played out the subject matter and was stretching for material.I hope she gets her farm and comes back with a fresh book. I would recommend checking this one out of the library rather than buying.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 For the Farmer in All of Us 6 janvier 2012
Par M. Schemanski - Publié sur
Jenna Woginrich
The incurable longing for a farm of one's own
Jenna is a witty, well rounded homesteader with a knack for finding the funniest things about farming and living off the land. I loved her book Chick Days and when I saw she had a memoir out I knew it would be a memorable read.
Jenna as she mentions in her intro goes from urban designer to rural shepherd. She starts her memoir with a chapter on "How to know if you are infected". Infected with what you ask? Barnheart.. the desire to be a farmer but due to circumstances it just isn't happening at the current time. Don't fret, hold tight and know you are not alone.
Having recently moved off our farm to a much smaller property I can seriously relate to Jenna. I had a farm and no longer do, having gone from a full farm to just a few chickens and rabbits. My heart longs for the goats and cows again and the title homesteader.. but circumstances just don't allow it right now. If I had read this prior to the move I don't think it would have the significant impact that it did now. I have more empathy for those who desire the rural life and haven't arrived there yet.
Taking off to Vermont Jenna plays her fiddle right into the heart of New Englanders, despite her quirkiness. I think she was just what they needed! It isn't always smooth sailing though, as Jenna learns lessons about living on a real farm. Not the story book kind of farm, but the downright dirty and hectic farm that is a ton of work and not always a huge payout.
Jenna blogs at [...] about her life of homesteading. She is always encouraging others to join in the fun and embrace the country life. Reading her memoir is like sitting down on her country porch talking with her about her farm and critters. Fantastic memoir for those who suffer Barnheart and for those who just love hearing about the antics of the farm life.
I received a copy of this book from Storey in exchange for an honest review. Get your copy today!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everything I was hoping for 15 janvier 2012
Par JingaDJ - Publié sur
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I already have Jenna's earlier book "Made from Scratch," which I thoroughly enjoyed. Jenna's writing style is clever, humorous, and a joy to read. Reading "Barnheart" I felt like I finally found another person who wanted what I want. I like to think of myself as a future farmer. I have always felt like I was alone in dreaming about buying land, working with animals, and living off the land as much as possible. But reading about her experiences has made me realize I am not the only one and that with time it is possible. If you also want to live in the country or at least have some farm animals running around your back yard I would recommend this book. I will be buying any future books she writes. I hope you enjoy them like I have.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Smacks a bit of animal hoarding... 26 février 2013
Par Cutest Chicken Farmer - Publié sur
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Who rents a cottage and sets up a mini-farm on it? She had permission to bring the two dogs, and I get it, that longing for a homestead of one's own, but it takes some nerve (and disregard for others' property!) to set one up on land that isn't yours. It sounded like there was an awful lot going on there, on that small patch of land, and there is no way that those animals had enough room or were properly cared for on so little space. She got herself into a jam, alienating a good bit of the local folks in the process. There was an expectation from the author that we feel sorry for her, being unfairly persecuted, but really, it's a wonder that it went on as long as it did without someone getting involved to make her stop.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Girl after my Own Heart - Sorta 17 mars 2012
Par Story Circle Book Reviews - Publié sur
"Barnheart..." is "...the state of knowing unequivocally that you want to be a farmer but, due to personal circumstances, cannot be one just yet. So there you are, heartsick and confused in the passing lane, wondering why you can't stop thinking about heritage-breed livestock and electric fences."

I have to admit up front that I dove into this book with mixed feelings. I was really looking forward to it, as I have a severe case of "barnheart" as the author defines it above. However, this was tempered with skepticism. I had seen Woginrich described as an "expert homesteader," and I had to wonder how she had come to earn such a title with her young age and limited experience.

From the very beginning of Barnheart, though, I realized that Woginrich would probably not classify herself in this way. Throughout the book she was honest and forthright when discussing her dreams, plans, successes and failures on this leg of her journey to farmerhood. I did find at times she sounded a bit pretentious, such as when she was discussing the phenomena of weekend farmers in her little area of Vermont. "The rich guy playing farmer, the second-home owners ignoring their property." Just as this was beginning to get on my nerves, Woginrich disarmed me, saying, "And I'm sure I would have fit into the taxonomy of annoying Vermonters myself." She does this several times throughout the book, poking just a little bit of fun at herself even while obviously taking herself and her dreams very seriously.

Barnheart begins with Woginrich's cross-country car trip from Idaho to Vermont, where she has found both a job and a nice little place to continue the homesteading life she began in Made from Scratch. The book takes us through a couple of years with the author, in which she revels in community and place, learns about sheepherding and starts her own little flock, and runs into trouble with an unsympathetic neighbor, among other things. Throughout it all we hear her longing for a farm of her own, and her determination to make it happen.

A lot of things just fell into place for Woginrich--she finds the perfect little place to continue her homesteading experiences in Vermont, for example, over the phone no less. She buys the perfect pickup truck for just the amount of money she has to spend. But in the midst of this, we see how hard she works to make her dream of being a farmer a reality. I appreciate this, as it makes her experiences more meaningful to those of us who are struggling with the same dream. She is pleased when things fall into place almost magically, but throughout the book she continues to learn, working to gain the skills she will need to succeed in her life dream.

Barnheart was usually light hearted and easy to read. At times though, especially near the end, the author gives us a glimpse inside and reveals some of her fears and doubts. This was the clincher for me, pushing the book into top-notch territory. Her optimism and luck propelled her through most of the book, but when she comes home from a weekend away to find a devastating letter tacked to her door, she becomes more real, and more sympathetic to the reader. I also found the section in which she describes her "conversion" from vegetarian to organic, farm-raised meat eater to be indicative that there is a lot more to her than at first met the eye.

Woginrich as a person shines through it all, making it a very strong memoir. It is not a how-to book in any manner. Rather, it is like sitting in the back yard with a very likable young woman, sipping lemonade and listening as she tells a story--one that is both incredibly individual and yet strikes a chord with all of us who suffer, like she does, with barnheart.

by Khadijah Lacina
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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