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Staff Pick

Jenna Woginrich's Made from Scratch is charming, practical, eye-opening, and empowering. From beekeeping to butter churning, it's a wonderful primer, and Woginrich's enthusiasm and humor are inspiring. Plus, she's definitely convinced me to get some backyard chickens this summer.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

Jenna Woginrich's Made from Scratch is charming, practical, eye-opening, and empowering. From beekeeping to butter churning, it's a wonderful primer, and Woginrich's enthusiasm and humor are inspiring. Plus, she's definitely convinced me to get some backyard chickens this summer.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

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Starting off as a young, single woman with a desk job and a city apartment, Jenna Woginrich set out to build a more self-sufficient lifestyle by learning homesteading skills. She didn't own land or have much practical experience beyond a few forays into knitting and soap making, but she did have a strong desire to opt out of what she saw as a consumer-driven culture. After moving across the country to a rented farmhouse in northern Idaho, she learned to raise chickens, keep bees, and grow her own food.

This is the story of her joyful, dramatic, and sometimes sorrowful journey toward self-reliance. Along the way, she learned that an abundance of enthusiasm and a willingness to experiment could make up for a lack of knowledge, and that reaching out to others for mentoring and guidance could help her reconnect with her community.

From the satisfying work of starting a new garden and installing honeybees, to the bliss of gathering fresh eggs to be baked into a quiche served with warm-from-the-oven bread and hand-churned butter, Made from Scratchshares the deep satisfaction that comes with providing for oneself. In an encouraging and entertaining voice, Woginrich weaves into her narrative easy-to-follow instructions for making your own clothes, teaching yourself to play a musical instrument, and much more.

In any setting — urban, suburban, or rural — with any level of experience, it's possible to take small steps toward self-reliance. Windowbox vegetable gardens, a batch of homemade strawberry jam, a handknit sweater, or a small flock of backyard chickens all satisfy the craving to homestead. It's not about having a rustic cabin on five acres, complete with a pickup truck and a barn full of livestock. For Woginrich, it's about being more receptive to learning the simple skills most of us have forgotten, and finding joy in the process.

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"This fine, simple book is the real deal, and it will come as a great relief to people feeling some silent dread in a time of rising gas prices, food shortages, and the like. Much can be done — in your home!" Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy

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"City girl turned farm girl, Jenna takes you on her wild ride (she even ends up with a 'pet' dog sled team). Along the way, she gives you all the details you'll need to create your own homemade life, whoever you are, wherever you live. From DIY clothing to grow-your-own meals, Jenna walks you to the door of your fantasy and points the way towards a more self-sufficient and authentic lifestyle." MaryJane Butters, author of MaryJane's Outpost: Unleashing Your Inner Wild

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"A delightful account of one person's journey to take back her life, written with verve and humor." Gene Logsdon, author of The Contrary Farmer

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"This is an outstanding book for anyone yearning for the satisfaction that comes with a simpler, more self-reliant and sustainable life. I highly recommend it, for both country and city homesteaders." Cheryl Long, Editor in Chief, Mother Earth News

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"Jenna Woginrich had me from the front cover to the back cover and wishing there was more after I was finished. Made From Scratch had me in tears at some points in the book and laughing out loud in others. This book is a perfect read for our times by getting back to basics for our health and our pocketbooks." Mary Tobia, Times-News (Lehighton, Pennsylvania)

Synopsis:

Goodbye, frozen pizza; hello, homesteading. In a hectic world of mass-produced food, clothing, and entertainment, it's easy to miss out on the simple pleasures of doing things for yourself. Meet Jenna Woginrich, a 26-year-old web designer who decided to take control of her life — what she ate, what she wore, and how she spent her free time. Learn a few basic country skills, she reasoned, and she would be able to produce at least some of the food and other resources she used every day. Made from Scratch tells the story of Woginrich's hilarious, heartbreaking, soul-satisfying journey, inspiring and entertaining readers who dream about a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Synopsis:

Discovering the pleasures of a handmade life was a longtime dream for urban homesteader Jenna Woginrich. At 24 years old, living in an apartment in Knoxville, Tennessee, and working as a computer designer, Woginrich was nurturing her dream of learning to homestead. Now, at 27, she's settled on a rented farm in rural Vermont, where she cares for two working sled dogs, chickens, a flock of sheep, honeybees, a couple of geese, fluffy Angora rabbits, and a backyard garden that provides much of her own food.

Part memoir and part how-to manual, Made from Scratch recounts Woginrich's growing independence and the successes and missteps she experiences as she learns to more fully live off the land. By turns upbeat, dramatic, and sometimes sorrowful, her story embodies the experience of the new homesteader  one who is committed to reducing dependence on commercially produced goods while still working a day job to pay the rent. Woven into the narrative, readers will find easy-to-follow instructions for making clothing, playing a musical instrument, preserving fruit, brewing the best pot of coffee imaginable, and much more.

Now available in paperback, this new edition features additional material on moving from Idaho to Vermont, a topic that will delight fans of her blog.

About the Author

Jenna Woginrich is a 20-something homesteader and the author of Barnheart, Chick Days, and Made from Scratch. She blogs at Cold Antler Farm, as well as Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post. A Pennsylvania native, she has made her home in the mountains of Tennessee, in northern Idaho, in rural Vermont, and most recently in upstate New York, where she lives with a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep, a border collie in training, chickens and geese, a hive of bees, and several amiable rabbits.

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poetree17, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by poetree17)
This book not only kept me captivated with a great story of the struggles and joys of becoming a homesteader, but gives great tips along the way (without interrupting the story) for those who would like to follow a similar path. Great read!
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Andrea Cumbo, July 2, 2009 (view all comments by Andrea Cumbo)
A couple of months ago Mother Earth News ran the introduction to Jenna Woginrich’s Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life. I read the article as I sat in the eye doctor’s office waiting for my pupils to dilate. I can’t imagine a more pleasurable way to lock my eyes into a position that makes everything else foggy. Woginrich’s style and sensibility really stuck with me.

So last week, I went looking for her book, and lo and behold, my local library had several copies. I ordered one to my branch and started reading. I gobbled up this book just like I would gobble up the honey that Woginrich makes on her rented farm in Idaho. It’s full of practical advice - how to raise angora rabbits, how to sew your own clothes, etc - but also carries a sense of willing camaradarie about this whole process of “self-reliance.”

In the introduction she says,

I think the real trick to finding that sense of satisfaction is to realize you don’t need much to attain it. A window-box salad garden and a banjo hanging on the back of the door can be all the freedom you need. If it isn’t everything you want for the future, let it be enough for tonight.

Don’t look at your current situation as a hindrance to living the way you want, because living the way you want has nothing to do with how much land you have or how much you can afford to spend on a new house. It has to do with the way you choose to live every day and how content you are with what you have. If a few things on your plate every season come from the work of your own hands, you are creating food for your body, and that is enough. If the hat on your head was knitted by your own hands, you’re providing warmth from string and that’s enough. If you rode your bike to work, trained your dog to pack, or just baked a loaf of bread, let it be enough.

Accepting where you are today, and working toward what is ahead, is the best you can do. You can take the projects in this book as far as your chosen road will take you. Maybe your gardens and coops will outgrow mine, and before you know it you’ll be trading in your Audi for a pickup. But the starting point is to take control of what you can and smile with how things are. Find your own happiness and dance with it.

As I sit and dream about a place like Woginrich’s, I find great hope and comfort in the idea that I need not have all I dream of now. My compost bowl on the counter and the two heads of cabbage in planter boxes on the deck are enough. And I think I”ll make some bread today.

And if you have time, sidle up to Woginrich’s words and find contentment and ideas for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

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Lotus748, January 24, 2009 (view all comments by Lotus748)
This book was perfect! Everything I needed for inspiration and practical starting guides for a self-reliant life. Anyone who has even a slight inkling to live a little more independently needs to read this book! Ms. Woginrich is delightful and you find yourself feeling like her best buddy at the end of it. She shares struggles, tragedies and triumphs in a way that makes you feel as though they were your own. Invaluable ideas, resources and inspiration.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781603420860
Subtitle:
Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
Author:
Woginrich, Jenna
Publisher:
Storey Publishing, LLC
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
Urban homesteading.
Subject:
Farmers & Ranchers
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY and AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Self-reliant living
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Personal Memoirs
Subject:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Animal Husbandry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
new ISBN for paperback edition #2 replaces old hardback edition #1
Publication Date:
20081203
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Product details 192 pages Storey Publishing, LLC - English 9781603420860 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Jenna Woginrich's Made from Scratch is charming, practical, eye-opening, and empowering. From beekeeping to butter churning, it's a wonderful primer, and Woginrich's enthusiasm and humor are inspiring. Plus, she's definitely convinced me to get some backyard chickens this summer.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Jenna Woginrich's Made from Scratch is charming, practical, eye-opening, and empowering. From beekeeping to butter churning, it's a wonderful primer, and Woginrich's enthusiasm and humor are inspiring. Plus, she's definitely convinced me to get some backyard chickens this summer.

"Review" by , "This fine, simple book is the real deal, and it will come as a great relief to people feeling some silent dread in a time of rising gas prices, food shortages, and the like. Much can be done — in your home!"
"Review" by , "City girl turned farm girl, Jenna takes you on her wild ride (she even ends up with a 'pet' dog sled team). Along the way, she gives you all the details you'll need to create your own homemade life, whoever you are, wherever you live. From DIY clothing to grow-your-own meals, Jenna walks you to the door of your fantasy and points the way towards a more self-sufficient and authentic lifestyle."
"Review" by , "A delightful account of one person's journey to take back her life, written with verve and humor."
"Review" by , "This is an outstanding book for anyone yearning for the satisfaction that comes with a simpler, more self-reliant and sustainable life. I highly recommend it, for both country and city homesteaders."
"Review" by , "Jenna Woginrich had me from the front cover to the back cover and wishing there was more after I was finished. Made From Scratch had me in tears at some points in the book and laughing out loud in others. This book is a perfect read for our times by getting back to basics for our health and our pocketbooks."
"Synopsis" by , Goodbye, frozen pizza; hello, homesteading. In a hectic world of mass-produced food, clothing, and entertainment, it's easy to miss out on the simple pleasures of doing things for yourself. Meet Jenna Woginrich, a 26-year-old web designer who decided to take control of her life — what she ate, what she wore, and how she spent her free time. Learn a few basic country skills, she reasoned, and she would be able to produce at least some of the food and other resources she used every day. Made from Scratch tells the story of Woginrich's hilarious, heartbreaking, soul-satisfying journey, inspiring and entertaining readers who dream about a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Synopsis" by ,

Discovering the pleasures of a handmade life was a longtime dream for urban homesteader Jenna Woginrich. At 24 years old, living in an apartment in Knoxville, Tennessee, and working as a computer designer, Woginrich was nurturing her dream of learning to homestead. Now, at 27, she's settled on a rented farm in rural Vermont, where she cares for two working sled dogs, chickens, a flock of sheep, honeybees, a couple of geese, fluffy Angora rabbits, and a backyard garden that provides much of her own food.

Part memoir and part how-to manual, Made from Scratch recounts Woginrich's growing independence and the successes and missteps she experiences as she learns to more fully live off the land. By turns upbeat, dramatic, and sometimes sorrowful, her story embodies the experience of the new homesteader  one who is committed to reducing dependence on commercially produced goods while still working a day job to pay the rent. Woven into the narrative, readers will find easy-to-follow instructions for making clothing, playing a musical instrument, preserving fruit, brewing the best pot of coffee imaginable, and much more.

Now available in paperback, this new edition features additional material on moving from Idaho to Vermont, a topic that will delight fans of her blog.

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