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Made From Scratch

Discovering the Pleasures of A Handmade Life
Woginrich, Jenna (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Made From Scratch

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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 homesteadernbsp; 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.
Authors: Woginrich, Jenna
Title: Made from scratch
discovering the pleasures of a handmade life
Publisher: North Adams, MA :, Storey Pub.,, c2008
Characteristics: 184 p. :,ill
Statement of Responsibility: Jenna Woginrich
Contents: Chickens
Grow your own meal
The country kitchen
Old stuff
DIY wardrobe
Working house dogs
Angora rabbits: portable livestock
Homemade mountain music
Outside the farm
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ISBN: 9781603420860
Branch Call Number: 640 W845m 2008
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Report This Apr 04, 2014
  • greencheerios rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I thought it was going to be more of a story/biography type book but its not. It touches on a few basic topics but thats about it. Don't waste your time.

Report This Apr 03, 2014
  • 22950009541673 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

An "I" book. The author tells about the things she learned to do without actually telling you how to do any of them.

Report This Jan 12, 2014
  • MeganMidd1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Funny take on the authors attemps to have a barkyard/urban farm. While there is not much advice in the format of a "How To Guide", there are some small quick little notes. Quite a good read, I couldn't put it down. It is a good starting point for those interested in the subject and want a bit of light reading. I loved the recipies in the "country kitchen" section that I did not expect to be there.

Read this for the mindset & the inspiration. I, for one, am not going to raise my own livestock or vegetables or own sled dogs; but I am interested in beekeeping, sewing & mending, & repurposing.

Report This Jan 25, 2011
  • Jennmro rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A truly great read for anyone even mildly interested in sustainable living, farming, or just having your own fresh source of eggs right in your backyard. I liked it so much I went out and bought it because I plan to read it again and again. Its also full of some really great resources for additional information on baking your own bread, raising backyard chickens, teaching yourself to play old timey music, and more!

Report This Dec 27, 2010
  • mollyjade rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A quick, inspiring read. It was the opposite of preachy, which is sometimes tough to find in this genre.


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