Made from Scratch discussion 4 – Work!

While Jenna manages to work a demanding full-time job as a web designer, she acknowledges that her homesteading takes almost all of her nonwork time. Discuss the basic facts of life working in the 9-5 world and maintaining a homestead as well.  Is it freedom, or another form of work?

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About Sheri Salatin

Sheri is married to Daniel Salatin. She is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and is enjoying working the land along side her husband. When not farming, Sheri can be found reading, writing, sewing, baking and serving in her church family.
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2 Responses to Made from Scratch discussion 4 – Work!

  1. Susan says:

    I work a regular job hours at the beginning of the growing season and toward the end. I work in a school, and therefore have summers off, in theory. It’s hard to maintain the momentum to do weeding, watering, de flowering, etc. I try hard, but I don’t always keep up.

  2. Dawn says:

    Just came across your book club – fun idea for busy folk! I read Jenna’s book a year ago, and can’t say I really remember details, but I do read her blog almost daily (Cold Antler Farm), as a result of reading that book, which I guess is a good recommendation in itself. I have a lot of respect for the way she is going after her dreams. I think it’s one of the aspects of the book that I appreciate the most, the fact that she has a desk job in town and does all this stuff on her property outside those work hours – for many, that must be a more realistic situation than many of the farm life books on the shelf. I also think her attitude of “just do it – but start small” is great – just get a couple of rabbits, raise them and see if you can bring yourself to butcher them. I can’t help thinking she must get exhausted a lot, she always seems to have so much on the go – almost like she lacks focus – animals, home skills, creative ambitions, etc, especially with the steep learning curve she’s still climbing. Overall, I find her upbeat attitude quite inspiring, and try to carry that into my own projects when I’m feeling a bit daunted.