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Barnheart: The Incurable Longing for a Farm of One’s Own (Paperback)

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If you have ever nursed even the most faint hope of having a patch of land to homestead on this book is for you. A memoir of the enigmatic Jenna Woginrich as she makes the move cross-country from one rental homestead to another, and slowly builds her dream. Written in a no-nonsense tone with exultation at her successes and sorrow at her follies, Barnheart is a book that will inspire you to tackle your dreams in whatever small steps you can. Highly recommended (and check out her ongoing adventures via her blog at! --Jessica — From Jessica's Picks

December 2011 Indie Next List

“This is the delightfully entertaining story of a young woman who longs to own her own farm. Woginrich wants to plant her garden, raise chickens and sheep, and play her banjo -- all excellent pursuits, but hard to do while holding down a nine-to-five job and struggling on a rented farm. By sheer determination, she finally gets her own farm and everything that goes along with it. Written with great humor, and sure to be enjoyed by those with farm envy!”
— Sherri Gallentine, Vroman's Bookstore, Pasadena, CA


With humor and poise, Jenna Woginrich describes her adventurous self-education in homesteading. Poignant offbeat observations on learning to farm by trial and error punctuate the story of her quest to find a permanent home for herself and her livestock: chickens, geese, sheep, ducks, rabbits, a goat, and a turkey. Alone and on a shoestring budget, Woginrich takes on cranky neighbors and small-town politics without ever losing her trademark humility or comedic style.

About the Author

Jenna Woginrich is the author of An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Backyard ChickensBarnheart and Made from Scratch. She blogs at, as well as for the Huffington Post and Mother Earth News. She shares her farm in rural New York with chickens and geese, sheep, a hive of bees, and some amiable rabbits.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781603427951
ISBN-10: 1603427953
Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: November 16th, 2011
Pages: 184
Language: English