Monday, January 4, 2010

Made from Scratch by Jenna Woginrich

In a world of mass-produced food, factory-stitched clothing, 300-channel cable television, and computer-centric desk jobs, it's easy to overlook the simple pleasures of eating homegrown vegetables, raising animals naturally and humanely, wearing hand-sewn clothing, or simply enjoying an evening of unplugged entertainment. Inspired by her growing admiration for small farmers and her equally strong distaste for out-of-control consumerism, Jenna Woginrich, a 26-year-old web designer, decided to take greater control of her life and learn a few basic country skills. She taught herself how to bake, spin wool, sew, raise chickens, grow vegetables, and play the fiddle and the mountain dulcimer. This fine simple book is for anyone yearning for the satisfactions that come with being more self-reliant and leading a more sustainable life.

Here's the lineup of Chapters: Chickens; Grow Your Own Meal; Beekeeping; The Country Kitchen; Old Stuff; DIY Wardrobe; Working House Dogs; Angora Rabbits: Portable Livestock; Homemade Mountain Music; Outside the Farm; and Want More? And if you want more, visit her at

1 comment:

Pen N. Hand said...

Gee, I'm glad to know these are now consider "county skills." When I was growing up they were part of the course and I was a "townie" who did not visit a farm until I bought one.
I didn't get to wool weaving until my senior project in college (Home Ec at UK). Then I had to weave the cloth to make a suit--I wore that suit until it fell apart.
Good review.

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