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
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.

Publisher: North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2008
ISBN: 9781603420860
Branch Call Number: 640 W845m 2008
Characteristics: 184 p. :,ill


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"@MultCoLib I have an Alaskan husky, I'm interested in travel/food/language/music, but most of the time I'm a homebody." We threw the bones & we are seeing music, dogs and the homemade life.

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Jun 22, 2014
  • CraftyGal13 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Having read a number of these kinds of books, I appreciated the combination of her personal experience with guidance for readers wanting to do the same. While not a "how-to" book in the traditional sense, it definitely offers advice and resources. I especially liked her chapter "Old Stuff," which encourages you to buy things from the thrift store. What I would've liked more of was to see how she balanced her 9-to-5 job with her homesteading.

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.

Apr 01, 2013

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.

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!

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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