Saturday, November 5, 2011

this is not my hobby

"Calling people who grow food part-time "hobby farmers" is like calling people in the National Guard "hobby soldiers." Most people would never dare peg the people who might give their lives to protect their country such an aloof term. The stakes are too high. When it comes to creating food, I feel the same way. And while the accountant down the street with the two-acre dairy goat and vegetable operation hasn't quit his day job, he still is providing food for your community. He deserves a higher title than "hobby." He is a farmer, end of story. He may be other things as well, but if he is making cheese and squash, he is learning a skill and providing a product to help keep all of us alive. The soldier might die for us, but the farmer lives for us."

-- Jenna Woginrich, "This Is Not My Hobby"

Truer words. Here's to being both.


  1. Love this! I am a huge fan of Miss Woginrich! She is fabulously down to earth. I am also really enjoying reading your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine so that I could "discover" you!

  2. I second this. I love reading the Cold Antler adventures. Thanks for the nice comments on my blog the other day. I've been enjoying reading yours as well. You're able to offer such a unique perspective on sustainability!

  3. I hope your hens come back to laying. I have to be honest, mine did great for a couple of days and now the last two days, only one egg each day - we shall see what happens!

    I think there are a lot of US followers of Jenna out there!!!

  4. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by Survival in the City! :) It's wonderful to find another Cold Antler Farm reader! It's great to meet you and I loved catching up on your blog! Can't wait to read more!