Good Food Book Club: "Cold Antler Farm," a Natural Inspiration for Attuning to Life

What a perfect selection this month! A book about crafting a meaningful life closer to the Earth, a life that’s attuned to the natural rhythms of which we are all part.

This book is a perfect selection because starting this month, with the recent move to the online newsletter, we no longer have “newsletter themes.” That said, we’ll use Jenna Woginrich’s most recent book, Cold Antler Farm: A Memoir of Growing Food and Celebrating Life on a Scrappy Six-acre Homestead (Roost, 2014), as the focus of our August Book Club conversation and to inspire our discussion on what books to select for the coming year.

What better book to inspire our club’s monthly selections than one which specifically sets out to remind us to bring our lives back into harmony with natural cycles. Those rhythms may well be the best themes of all. With Jenna’s wonderful inspiration, we’ll use the wheel of the year to map out our own reading pleasure. Jenna has written some of my favorite books, including Barnheart, a previous Good Food Book Club Selection. She started out with Made From Scratch, written about her time right here in north Idaho.

Jenna’s books never fail to enliven and inspire with their homegrown prose and the strong sense that you’re sitting right there having a cup of steaming hot coffee together while she fills you in on the latest farm fiasco or wonderful milestone. Just don’t snort your coffee because this lady is funny! Reviews for this, her most recent book, are glowing. Some readers say this is their very favorite book so far. One Amazon reader writes, “I own all of Jenna's books, but this one is hands down my very favorite!! I love the way she writes about living life on her small homestead through the Wheel of the Year, and her thoughts, feelings, and experiences as each season passes. I've been a fan of hers for a long time, and this is one book I'll definitely be enjoying more than once.”

Meanwhile, one of our Book Club’s favorite authors, Joel Salatin, has this to say about Cold Antler Farm: “Few writers can put into words the epiphanies that break upon a mind and spirit communing with a piece of earth. Home, barn, and garden converge in the quietness of agrarian labor to provide transcendent thoughts about living, loving, and learning. Jenna is a master.” Then there’s Ben Hewitt, author of The Town the Food Saved (another former GFBC selection), who writes, “In this graceful and touching book, Jenna Woginrich reminds us of humanity’s deep connection to season and cycle. This is a book full of humility, inspiration, and the richness of experience inherent to living in harmony with natural forces far beyond our control.”

Please join us to discuss Cold Antler Farm: A Memoir of Growing Food and Celebrating Life on a Scrappy Six-acre Homestead by Jenna Woginrich (Roost, 2014) on Sunday, August 30, from 7- 8:30 p.m. We’ll also use her book to help us begin outlining our book selections for the coming year. Remember to email bookclub@moscowfood.coop for the meeting location and directions and/or to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club. Cold Antler Farm is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used bookstores or visit BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the Co-op website at www.moscowfood.coop.