A Useful Space for Pigs, Chickens and Rabbits

Jenna Woginrich writes about the beauty of Cold Antler Farm, a small homestead that she shares with Pig, her rabbits Benjamin and Doe and several chickens. Taking care of her animals on cold winter nights is a challenge for Woginrich, but one she gladly accepts armed with a water bottle and affection. Woginrich's modest barn provides shelter for her animals and a useful space to feel at home.

Belonging: When New Farmers Feel Like Outsiders

It’s never easy to be the new guy (or gal), and that goes for new farmers and ranchers, too.  Since beginning a farm, one homesteader writes how she found her own sense of belonging as an urban transplant in rural setting.

Barnheart: Yearning to be a Farmer

If you have a constant, overwhelming urge of wanting to be outside breathing in the fresh air and partaking in various farming activities, you may be suffering from barnheart. 

Before It All

Jenna Woginrich reflects on her journey from fresh out of college, city-dwelling designer to determined homesteader, and offers encouragement to those with similar dreams.

Sometimes It's Hard

Jenna Woginrich discusses the more difficult aspects of homesteading, and why it's worth it anyway.

Raising a Pack Goat

Jenna gets a pack goat to help carry gear for hiking trips. Share her experience of buying a buck kid and raising him to be a pack goat.

Defending the Country Stereotype

If you’re the first of your friends to move to the country, get some chickens and plant an organic garden there will be some inevitable social fallout.

Give Fleece a Chance

Jenna has three new sheep on the homestead and she's already learning a lot.

A Renter's Homestead

You don't have to be a homeowner to homestead. No matter where you live, you can start practicing the skills you need for a more self-reliant, sustainable life.

Why Homestead?

Raising and growing your own is more than a lifestyle — it is life.