In early July, I scheduled a one-woman Roost field trip to visit one-woman farmer-homesteader-archer Jenna Woginrich at Cold Antler Farm. On paper, the excuse to travel was so we could hole up at a café near her farm and edit her manuscript for a couple of hours over iced chais and tomato sandwiches. But my heart’s real intention was to have a summer day on the farm: meet the horses, dig my fingers into the sheep’s wooly coats, sweet talk the turkeys, and deepen my undying love for goats.
Cold Antler delivered on all.
Running a small homestead solo is hard work that tethers you to the land, literally. After about three hours in downtown Cambridge, New York, it was time for us to scoot back to the farm so Jenna could tend to the animals. In addition to her busy farming, writing, and blogging, Jenna hosts programs and tutorials year-round on old-timey homesteading skills like spinning and fiddling.
Jenna’s new collection of essays, Cold Antler Farm, will be published by Roost Books next spring. In Cold Antler Farm, Jenna’s fifth book, she draws our attention to the flow and cycle of not the calendar year but the ancient agricultural year: holidays, celebrations, seasonal touchstones, and astronomical events that mark sacred turning points in the seasons. We can’t wait to tell you more!
Stay tuned here for more on Cold Antler Farm, or visit Jenna at home here.