She endlessly consumes entertainment. It's amazing that it doesn't disrupt her "scrappy farming," and money mooching too.
For someone who is as behind in her mortgage and taxes as she claims to be, she sure spends a lot of time and money on entertainment.
I feel a wolves at the door post coming soon! Snowflake needs to replenish the entertainment funds ASAP!
Remind me how far it is from the "farmhouse in the middle of nowhere" to Saratoga? 300 miles? 500? More? Two round trips in two days and one in an amazing 1989 Ford pickup. Scrappy, scrappy!
We live locally, and it's under an hour to Saratoga. So her bullshit about "being in the middle of nowhere" is a blatant lie. But we all expect bullshit from a "feral farmer" and "scrappy scammer."
Her latest post. Ugh. Why can't she just do her thing and leave vegetarians out of it?
Her Latest post just makes me want to scream!As a farmer I understand the full birth to death events that take place yearly when it come to the sheep flockBut that post made me so just shake my head and roll my eyes. Does she have check list beside her, in order to raise the blood pressure of as many readers as possible.Lets look at these great trigger wordsAgonyReally Fucking ProudThriving off the RushHorrificThe weird child abuse rantI kill Animals on this farmBlood is never hiddenPrimal and of course FeralThere is something off about this women full stop
Apparently now her lamb blood feeds the vegetables.... What vegetables? What garden? The weed filled plot of kale?
hahaha, good point! 90% of what she writes is fiction, pure fiction.
Of course it is pure fiction. When you live like fiction you write like fiction because you have nothing else.
I'm a vegetarian who has spent most of my adult life visiting and revisiting the choices I make about what I eat. I kill my own fish, but I can't personally kill other animals -- so I don't eat them. There are a million reasons why I don't eat meat. None of those reasons mean that vegetarians and local meat producers are in opposition to each other. I really effing resent her for taking my choices and assuming that they are childlike and simple, when they are anything but. I highly respect small meat producers. Why can't she respect me, too?
She was a vegetarian herself for a long time. She respects no one's choices.
She hires someone to harvest her animals. What a fucking coward. Your livestock depend on you for everything including putting them down and harvesting them when the time comes. She is the worst kind of poser. She makes me sick.
I am actually glad she hires someone to do it because at least then it gets done right. What makes me sick is that she picks up the phone and calls someone over to butcher her animals and then pats herself on the back as though she is the only one on earth with the courage to face where her meat comes from. I've got news for her, there are millions of small-scale farmers and homesteaders out there that butcher their own animals or have someone else do it. She isn't scrappy, amazing, or brave. She just likes to think she is. As usual, Jenna likes to think she is just SO special.
Why is everything she does sound so sanctimonious. She makes going to the freaking movies something thousands of people do everyday and makes it seem like she just invented penicillin? And now she's bragging about how she's talking to celebrities on twitter. As much as she annoys me I have to say I am so glad she gets nuttier and nuttier with every passing day. Free entertainment and I don't even need to pay for a movie ticket.
Sanctimonious is the perfect word to describe how she sounds. She also seems to think that if she can inject enough purple prose into a post, she is a good writer. If anything, it is just comical to read her inane babble. Like you, I find it incredibly entertaining to read her self-inflated posts. What an ego she has!
Wait till she realizes she's talking to a low level admin and not a celebrity, her brain and her ego will both explode. These people don't do all that tweeting or FBing themselves...they PAY someone else to do it for them, cause they're busy. Busier than JW will ever be.
The tell tale sign of whether a celebrity is running their own twitter account is whether or not they are "selling" something or promoting themselves or something on twitter.John Krasinski's account is run by an assistant. On his twitter page in 36 hours he has 6 promotions of himself or his wife's new movie. Celebrities have found twitter to be one of their best marketing tools and can almost forgo hiring marketing people per se and instead hire an assistant that sits in an office all day promoting the heck out of them. It is very sad and pathetic to see a grown-up, actually any grown up, do what most reserved entirely for their teen years-- salivating over celebs and tweeting them. lol It's akin to sending a request to some PR office in Santa Monica for an autographed photo of one to hang on your wall. Anna Kendrick's account is run by an assistant-- and this is very obvious because her entire feed is promos. Aya Cash may actually run her own.If she wants to tweet to an actual celebrity who manages his own account and is a comedian- Steve Martin runs his own account to which I follow on both twitter and FB and love, though I do not tweet him or message him . He is one of a very few celebs that do it. Cher is another, Jimmy Fallon even Ellen DeGeneres.
Just read the latest blog post. Let me start out by saying that I eat meat, so I take no offense at this piece because I'm a vegetarian. I take offense because of the shoddy thinking involved and the "Hey, folks, I'm just a scrappy farmer keeping it real, and if you can't handle that, you're a child."She needs to tone down the prose, because it's painful in places. Some gems from this post:--"Agony alchemized into the kind of pride our grandparents lived for." (What does it mean to live for pride? How does agony transmute into pride? I can see being proud of having accomplishing something that was personally agonizing, but the seed of that pride is in the accomplishment, not in the agony. A good writer would have resisted the temptation of the verb "alchemized" here. Sounds good, means nothing.)--"I am sad to see sweet lambs die. I am also really fucking proud. Not of choosing an individuals death, but the story behind those lives. Farming well is hating every single time that lever has to be pulled and then thriving off the rush." (Does she not proofread her own writing?)--"But a decade of farming has taught me a feral maturity." (What is feral maturity? Jenna's not feral; she's not a wild animal. She spends half of her time watching Netflix and tweeting celebrities. Square that with the idea that she's all blood and bone and animal instinct, but at the core wise and knowing. Can't be done. "Feral maturity" is bullshit language, but it sounds good, don't it? She just can't resist stuff like that.)And this analogy? What the hell is she talking about? "It is as foreign a concept to me as people who choose celibacy in a world riddled with child abuse. Yes, your abstaining means you will not have a child and therefore never abuse it. But that doesn't help a single kid quivering in some monster's bedroom closet does it? It just makes you feel like you're not part of the problem."This is bad writing, which means it's bad thinking. And yet the applause will ring out because Jenna's a butchering badass. What she's really butchering is the English language and critical thinking. I try not to comment here too often. I was a Jenna fan for a long time, and I have no interest in beating her up over little things. But I hate this "you probably can't take the reality of farming" shtick of hers so much, mostly because it's all built on lies. There are so many good farm writers, so many good writers writing about their homesteads, and Jenna used to be one of them. Now I don't know what she is, other than full of it.
Your comment was spot on. I also used to be a fan of Jenna's and I used to think she could really write too. Now, she just tries to put words together in a pathetic attempt to sound poetic, even if the resulting sentence doesn't make much sense. And her latest post didn't offend me either as I also eat meat but wow, what a load of nonsensical crap! Not to mention, she really loves to pepper her posts with swear words like an immature teenager in an effort to sound edgy. She actually used to have some writing talent but now she writes like an eight grade english student armed with a thesaurus.
The really unfortunate thing is that our little snowflake couldn't take the reality of REAL farming either. She only thinks she knows what real farming is like, when in reality she hasn't an effing clue.
She was raised in a safe suburban home, far from being "feral." It's all about a fake persona that Jenna Woginrich has contrived. JW likes to present herself as a "wild woman," but she's very conventional beneath her bluster and bullshit. Fortunately, it's all falling apart now. She has three blogs that berate her bad behavior, and it's public knowledge too.
Thriving off the rush? She enjoys the killing? Sick.
She's delusional to even attempt to summarize "farming well".Thriving off the rush? She has no clue. There is no rush.Her perspective is that of a trophy hunter, not farmer.
...she's not even the one pulling the trigger. She thrives off the rush of someone else shooting her "beasts"?Wtf does she call them beasts? Is she scared of her livestock?
Anon 11:22 here, blushing with the irony that I too could have done a better job of proof-reading. Sigh ...
Ha, ha! No worries. I liked your comment and unlike JW, none of us are claiming that we are a writer.
Anon 11:22 - - AMEN for everything you wrote!!! p.s. I LOL'd at the yeah she's a butcher...of the English language. So great.
Her latest post is further assurance that she will never see another book deal in her lifetime.
Before it gets deleted, the latest comment on her post. Thanks to ecogrrl for sticking up for us vegetarians. I don't attack others for their choices when I talk about why I became a vegetarian.Blogger ecogrrl said...Thanks for simplifying vegetarian ethics so we all sound like jerks. The worlds of ethical, small-scale meat and vegetarians/vegans can coexist, ya know.October 17, 2016 at 12:49 PM
Since she screens her comments, she let that one through on purpose - maybe to sic her cheerleaders on her? I made to a recent comment on one of her many posts about her design work being such important income asking why she makes the choice not have a website or even FB business page for her graphic design work (and it is an obvious choice). It was never shown on her blog. Yet less than an hour after I sent it, she put the call for reviews and mentioned a possible graphic design website on her FB page.There is a purpose for her allowing that comment and it is most certainly not to make herself more transparent or open to legitimate critique.
Who is this guy she dragged to the movies with her? New boyfriend? And I am not behind on my mortgage, but I haven't been to a movie in a year. Money needs to go towards my bills and farm before anything else.
I've noticed that her posts have been more populated recently. I've wondered for a long time why she never seemed to write much about anyone else on her blog (Patty being the occasional exception). It lent the impression that she was very much alone in the world, and I didn't know if that was intentional or not. Was she protecting the privacy of friends, or creating the impression that she lived in an isolated spot with no friends or neighbors nearby? Or is she really as alone and lonely as she seems sometimes?These days it's supposedly a rare night when her table's not teeming over with friends and neighbor folk. It's as though she's making herself over, this time as a person who's part of a community of like-minded feral farmers, all working together to kick the ass of every vegetarian who walks past the butcher's block.And maybe that's been the reality all along. I don't know. As for this new guy, friend or beau? Who knows? I think she's mentioned him before. I hope he is a new boyfriend. Everybody needs some love in their lives. Sometimes it will cure what ails you.
I think she has been reading this blog and the comments about how she is alone. Maybe she is trying to show she is not.
She's the Martha Stewart of our area, always ready and willing to lend a hand. (Insert sarcastic tone of voice.)
It always annoys me to hear people so uneducated about the raising of large livestock speak in such a knowing and superior way about how they are raised, when in fact they are so off the mark. For your information JW the grasslands of CO, MT or WY are not concentrations camps. Neither are the high Sierra meadows or the warmer lower plains where ewes are bred, lambs are born, and they all graze until they are sent to a feed lot to be finished out before being slaughtered. And, I don't even know what having lambs butchered at home has to do with the L.A. drought. Water is used, and in a lot of commercial slaughter houses recycled, no matter the location. Just more ridiculous flowery writing that means absolutely nothing. BTW -- the drought is not just in LA it's all over CA. But, mostly affecting the Central Valley where the majority of ag commodities are grown. Ignorance punctuated with every period. Just further evidence of how completely clueless snowflake is. That piece was truly painful to read, like most of her writing these days.
Trending at CAFOut - KiltsIn - Rag and Bone jeansOut - HeadscarvesIn - Hair extensionsOut - KailyardsIn - Purchased tomatoesOut - Marketing workshops to the same peopleIn - Marketing logos to the same peopleOut - BirchthornIn - How Merlin saved herOut - MerlinIn - Aya CashBullshit - always in style
This is so great! Her new readers need to see this. I wonder if they'd even like the old Jenna?
That a perfect spoof on fashion magazines.
Out - CelticsIn - VikingsOut - St. Brigid's crossIn - Thor's hammerOut - BuddhistsSo five minutes ago - PagansIn - Heathens
You've inspired me to try my own mini spoof:Out - Working for a livingIn - Mooching for money
I am sad to see sweet lambs die. I am also really fucking proud. Me, me , me, proud, broke and delusional
Good to see Jenna still inspires. Inspires some really good creative writing on this blog.
We need to publish our own book - The Best of the Shamster
Wow Jenna, you could not sell any lambs? They were certainly puny things from the pics you posted a few weeks ago. I bet you get less than 20 lbs of meat from them. That's what happens when you don't feed your animals and have 0 management of them. As do "you kill animals" Yes, for once, we agree, you kill a lot of animals through neglect and stupidity- not ignorance, as that would imply you did not know better. Glad the lambs you slaughtered are finally out of that little hell hole you call home.
There once was a woman who ate hamWho reveled in killing her lambShe then shot a bunnyThen begged for some moneyBut not before hatching a scam
Death threats for writing about butchering her own animals? Where's the proof? Or, is this more live like fiction? It would be hard for JW not to rally the psycho-fans to defend her, after all she's don't it to people ( and their blogs) for much less. I've blogged to 10 years also, have as many readers as she use to, write about homesteading, raising animals for meat, show the harvesting process too, and my death threat count is zero. But then I'm not trying to be provocative when I write about it.
Yup I blog about butcher days and no death threats so far
Where are these "death threats"???
Proof of death threats? Give her some time to drive her scrappy truck a falling down the stairs distance from her feral computer so she can mail them to herself from a believable distance.
There once was a woman, most scrappyBut vegetarians, they were not happyHer lambs she did killSaid it gave her a thrillBut everyone thought it was crappy
Well.....where to begin?I was still reeling from the mess of crazy that was Sunday night's post: I mean, who gets that pumped about a Ben Affleck movie? Then Monday brought a fresh deposit, a genuinely disturbing bit of writing. There was so much awful in that post it's nearly impossible to unpack. The sneering condescension towards ethical vegans, the inability to comprehend their arguments. The bizarre and addled celibacy/child abuse analogy. "Farming well is hating every single time that lever has to be pulled and then thriving off the rush."This is the main offender. What rush? She ambles out in her backyard and blows the brains out of a trusting lamb that likely trotted towards her thinking she was bearing hay and grain. And she's getting a high off this? This is the kind of pathology that serial killers display in the formative stages. As if this wasn't enough, she makes a second post to share that she had fed some of the heart to her unfortunate hawk. "That lamb watched me ride my horse past him. Watched me practice archery in the high field." Gee, what a lucky little lamb to spend it's short life watching Jenna pursue her various hobbies before being sacrificed to feed her and her hawk and then (best of all!) be draped over her naked flesh come winter when she's deep in her Game of Thrones LARPing mode. I am repulsed by her.
Hmmm...maybe her Heathen tribe is dwindling because she's killing them one by one. LOL I kid, I kid...
Yes!! That is a word I've shied away from using for some time now - I think only because I imagined it showed more about my own pathology and over-sensitivity than I was comfortable exposing (although I'm one who has several times moaned that I detest her far more than I've ever felt that about anyone, with rare exception).But, yes, she utterly repulses me as well and I could go on for many inches writing negative adjectives to illuminate that feeling. I really should contain myself.Oh, maybe just a few, likely overlapping: dishonest, despicable, disgusting, untrustworthy, arrogant, lazy, sanctimonious, hypocritical, obnoxious, patronizing, pathetic, pretentious, egotistical, self-aggrandizing, and likes to (rarely) ride a (poorly cared for, bored) high horse. So sorry, Merlin, that you are trapped there with her, even with that scrappy crappy fencing, since you would easily be found by you know who. We sense your despair.And when we write our unofficial bio of your contemptible, careless, essentially disinterested mistress - with accompanying weighty thesaurus devoted to descriptive words for her - we will dedicate it to you.
I wonder why she keeps saying four lambs when the pictures she shows has 6 sheep slaughtered? She blogs about the tanning of four lambs. Not six? Weird.
I've met her many times in person, and she's truly repellent. (In every sense of the word.) She exudes unearned arrogance and self-entitlement, too.
"She ambles out in her backyard and blows the brains out of a trusting lamb"A friendly correction... she doesn't blow their brains out, slit their throat, gut, skin or even cut up and package those lambs. All she does is take a few pictures and write about it...with added embellishments, of course.Nothing raised on that farm is butchered by Jenna Woginrich. She pays someone else.Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against people hire out the process, I send mine of now. But, for 30 years I did my own. Every. Single. Year.Hire someone is a now luxury I can afford.
As much as I hate to say it, Jenna has a system that works. It doesn't work well, it is horribly dishonest...but it works. I'm trying to think of a situation that can't be fixed by donor $$$. What would it take for her to have to switch gears and completely give up Cold Antler Farm?Medical bills that surpass the pockets of her donors...? That's the only one I can think of that she can't beg her way out. Any other problem she has, all she has to do is claim wolves at the door or selling Merlin and her fans blindly and swiftly hit the DONATE button.I'm not wishing for bad things to happen to her; however, it will be a happy day if/when she announces she has to move to an apartment and get a job because Cold Antler Farm is no more. This sham has gone on too long.
It is horrible isn't it? It is astounding how stupid her fans are. If they really want to donate their money to something, there are so many deserving and worthwhile causes to give to. Why would anyone want to give their hard-earned money to a woman who just wants to play around all day instead of get a job?
It's just getting super sad... like I can't read it any more. So sad
Job, Job go awayCome again some other dayLittle Jenna wants to play
I work with a real, honest-to-goodness not-for-profit organization, and last night I was doing some research for a new fundraiser idea. I came across an interesting piece of info. When you put a DONATE button on your website, you have to provide PayPal with proof that you are a charity before you can access those funds. PayPal gets really irritated when you use the DONATE button and aren't a charity.http://rosalindgardner.com/blog/thinking-about-using-that-paypal-donate-button-to-your-blog/There's been some back and forth over the whole issue and PayPal isn't at all clear on the terms of this, but there have been bloggers that have gotten their accounts frozen and money removed by PayPal for having that DONATE button on their website and not being a charity. I clicked on Jenna's and saw it had an address I hadn't seen yet: email@example.comWonder if that's a registered 501(c)(3) organization right there?
And poof....look at that....the DONATE button is now the SUBSCRIBE button! Thought you didn't read here, Jenna!
Oops, she has BOTH on her site, donate button is still there, along with a subscribe button!
The Subscribe button has been there for years, with its cutsie names (Seed, Flocker, etc). It was put up several years ago as another way to generate a monthly income.
That would completely ruin Jenna's game if she had to remove the donate button. She's never been a registered charitable organization. My guess is that she would owe back taxes at least.
http://spam-report.email/celticbonfires/yahoo.comlol wow it's got a spam report against it. You mean scam right yahoo?She has had this email for quite a long time. She currently accepts payments for four email addresses via PayPal (that I know of).
So funny she hardly posts on Reddit anymore since people mocked her I hate technology post! They really called her out on her hypocrisy (brags about not using technology...while using technology) lol lol
I'm confused about todays post. Did she train a hawk to fly or is she simply celebrating some joy and high over tying a string to a grasshoppers leg and watching it jump?
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She isn't the brightest bulb, is she?"it wasn't the humidity, it was running on nothing but coffee at 1pm. I felt weak and went home at 4 miles."
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Where did she say anything about tying up an insect??
She didn't. Its an anology of tying a string to a hawk and having it fly. Oh the joy?
God I hope that bird flies away when it gets the chance. This has been an interesting year--no Antlerstock and I may have missed it but I don't recall her going on about "Holy October" the way she usually does--not that I miss that tired trope.
I think "Holy October" is one of those things on the "out" list. Now that she's a heathen, she's in pagan denial.
Hound Doggy - Can you delete Anonymous October 19, 2016 at 4:23 AM and Anonymous October 19, 2016 at 8:52 AM. I obviously misunderstood one of the posts.Thanks!
There is a pic on Twitter of Jenna's prisoner/hawk---check it out no joke there is hawk shit on the wall!
Why oh why does that bird need to be inside? Before she was allowed to trap a hawk, didn't she need to have a "mews" built to house it? Aren't they supposed to live outside?
She supposedly does have a mews. Here is the link. She is just a badass with a hawk in the house.http://coldantlerfarm.blogspot.com/search?q=mews
She is so nasty! Does she not know that bird shit can make her sick?
To say nothing of the fact that the hawk, or any animal, gets acclimatized to weather. Bringing an animal in and out all the time messes up that process and can be harmful.
Anon 7:08, but only harmful to the animal, not to Jenna.
She writes about having 10 clients to work for and all this, free pumpkins for feed, just made all this cash off lambs and their skins, why the heck does she ever have to beg for money or have wolves at the door and all that jazz? Sounds like she is one busy little lass. That woman gets more money coming in the most homesteaders I know and she still wants more. SMH...
It's because her greed knows no bounds. And she always needs more money for her endless entertainment, too.
From the Monday, Oct, 17 post:"You can grow up to be whatever you want, ladies. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.A few things come to mind: beggar, moocher, scammer, ...
I notice from the pic of the pigs that at least these do not have mange like last year's did.
So I just visited a friend's new house and they have an old rotary phone because they want their kids to know how to use one. She made the comment that they can get incoming calls but since the whole system went digital 3-4 years ago they can't make calls. Is this true in Washington County? I do live in a city so maybe it isn't everywhere.
Google search says it depends. If your area is not good you can buy a simple converter and it will work . Are you implying Me Jenna would Lie ? Shame on you
I have a rotary dial phone, no problem making outgoing calls (I live in Ohio).
There you go. That's why it was a question not an accusation - it just hit me after my conversation.
So much for her blogging every day in October...zzzzzz
Jenna Woginrich isn't capable of following through with anything.Where are the daily blog posts for the month of October, Jenna?Jenna manages to tweet her drivel every few minutes, yet it's been three days since she last posted on her blog.Really she is doing all of us a favor because her writing jumped the shark a year ago. However, if you are considering doing any sort of business with Jenna Woginrich involving you paying her money, look at her lack of integrity in all that does and reconsider.Spend your hard earned cash on a legitimate small business and steer clear of Jenna Woginrich and Cold Antler Farm.
I'm really disappointed with these wolves at the door.When are they going to blow her house down?
Learn To Play the Fiddle with Jenna Woginrich reviews:**crickets** Where are the reviews? There aren't any comments on her Learn to Play the Fiddle blog posts from any former "students."Take that into consideration when contemplating taking fiddle lessons from Jenna Woginrich.Apparently, they aren't anything to write home about.
Hey diddle diddle Jen and her fiddleThe sheep jumped over the fence...
Anyone that pays that kind of money for a half day splash in the Jenna fiddle pool is a HUGE fool. Go to any bluegrass festival for a weekend and there will be plenty of wonderful people that would give you a few hours immersion for free or maybe a little thank you beer money. Any decent teacher in your area will be so much more worth your money and effort. And you can buy a crappy cheap fiddle off Ebay for $50. Case included. If she's such a good teacher, player, etc., why the heck no videos? Why no band? Why no anything fiddle? It's like people paying her money to teach them all about how to use a refrigerator for half a day and taking one home after paying double for it. SMH....
Yes, I agree. If you are a novice, and not in the know about the lingo she may or may not include in her fire sale fiddle lessons ad --you are in for a treat. What you believe is that you are going to learn beginner's fiddle. Perhaps you will learn to play a tune or two. You won't be completely destroyed if you don't pick up on it right away or do a perfect job, because you will be walking away with a fine instrument. First of all the fiddles she buys cost between $25.00-35.00 brand new in case with extras. Secondly if you sign up for the 1/2 day discounted it's $250.00 for 4 hrs. Then you leave go eat dinner/lunch somewhere and go home. Total cost ballpark- gas to and from, $250.00 and lunch/dinner= $335 That's if you go alone, if you come to the lesson with someone it is $375- $400 and you both learn at the same time the same thing. Roughly a $450.00-$500.00/trip maybe more if you are farther away. You will learn scale on a fiddle. Free on YouTube if you so desire. Several different videos done by real professionals. FREE . You can learn 3x what JW will teach and much much better FREE by viewing YouTube videos- search terms scale on a fiddle. For a fiddle with case exactly what you will get at CAF, without the high price and b.s. included, search tmart. Tmart sells fiddles, probably the ones JW buys, for $35.00 case, bow and extras included.She doesn't have reviews or videos because if you put hers side by side of YouTube videos you'd laugh your a** completely off. People definitely don't know what they are getting into or they are so curious about CAF they can't help themselves and use the fiddle lesson as an excuse. Once there and into it you realize you just donated $250+ to the shabbiest, messiest, most poorly run 6.5 acres you will ever see and all you will feel is hopelessness. And all the arrogant, pompous host will make you feel is anger and complete stupidity in yourself.On your merry way home drop the fiddle off at Goodwill and have them write you up a slip for $35.00, drive home, once home have a good strong drink and chalk this silly experience up to stupidity at it's strongest.
Totally agree. As a professional musician, I think it's a CRIME what she is doing. She takes wanna be fiddlers in on her scam ways, spends a few hours shooting the breeze and showing them stuff that, like you said, can be learned on YouTube by amazing, wonderful musicians and you get a POS violin from some shoddy outlet that will be difficult to learn on. Not to mention that as a beginner, nearly all you "learn" will be forgotten after that big exciting day with a internet star. (Oh yeah, and trying to overcome the feeling of buyer's remorse at being completely taken in by the queen of sham) Your finger are not ready for intenstive instruction on your first attempt at an instrument. This is why it's so much more effective to go to hourly lessons once or twice a week to get going. Oh yeah, and most decent instructors only charge about $20 to $25 an hour for beginners. Some even less! RUN RUN RUN... fiddle scam from this woman is expensive and damaging to your desire to learn to play music!!! Any person with internet and a cheap crap fiddle can learn to play Ida Red in like 15 minutes with an internet you tube hookup. Scratching out single notes on a fiddle is like the easiest thing in the world.
Exactly. My teenaged daughter bought a secondhand fiddle for $35 and has taught herself quite a few songs from lessons on YouTube. In just three weeks, she can play pretty well and all it cost was the $35 for the instrument and some time. JW's price for a fiddle workshop is a complete joke.
I think another reason why she hasn't posted to reddit in awhile is because someone here called her out. They gave a link to her blog and this blog. She now knows we are reading and commenting and she cannot control either.
Yes! If you are considering taking "fiddle" lessons from Jenna Woginrich, save your time and money and watch instructional videos on YouTube instead!Do not give your money to Jenna Woginrich the con-artist!
I believe she learned to play fiddle via YouTube.
She says she learned from the same 'teach yourself ' book that she uses for her teaching. It's a fantastic book. If I'd have known about it before I went to her workshop I would have been happy with just the book!
I think people will overpay for lessons just for a chance to meet her in person.Way back when, when I was a fan, I looked into taking a workshop. Not because I needed to drive 10 hours to learn to make soap or shoot arrows, but because I wanted to meet what I thought was this incredible person.However, when I emailed her for prices, I never heard back. Something didn't seem right. Then came the persistent begging. She wasn't what she seemed.Now I am so glad I didn't spend the time and money for workshop, hotel and gas.
I think a lot of people felt the same as you did a few years back and she knew it. She did seem like a pretty cool person once upon a time and it seemed like it might be neat to see the "farm" in person but luckily I lived way too far away to even consider it. Like you, I also started realizing she wasn't at all the person she attempted to portray and I figured that out just from reading her very own blog because I hadn't yet found this site. I feel foolish that I bought her crap for awhile back then but she definitely seemed more put together at the time. Now, she can barely even write and she is nothing like the person she used to claim to be. Overcharging for workshops as she does is because I really believe that she still thinks she is someone special that people want to meet. I have a feeling though that people willing to pay money to spend an afternoon with her are rapidly dwindling. Plus, as many have pointed out, nothing is learned from her that couldn't be learned for free from a book or YouTube. People are wising up to her schtick and her fifteen minutes are definitely up.
I agree. She is under the delusion that people will pay an exorbitant amount of money to hang out with her. There is probably still some foolish people that will sadly, but I doubt there are many. Anyone with a shred of intelligence that has read her blog for a bit can see that she how much she contradicts herself. I never was a fan of hers myself, I came across her blog fairly recently and immediately saw how much of a hipster poser she was, but I am sure she must have seemed much cooler at one time or she wouldn't have ever had fans at all. What I did see nearly immediately is a woman who whines constantly about financial peril while doing nothing about it. Her claim of working because she does logos, etc. is laughable. If you aren't able to pay your bills, your so-called "job" ain't working. If she has money problems as she claims, she needs to get a regular job like everyone else does when they need money.
Well I did do a weekend fiddle workshop a few years ago. I enjoyed it because I had an adventure and met a lot of people and saw new places. But at the end of it several people wondered what the heck they spent all that money on, it didn't seem like there was really a measurable benefit. But I had fun so then I sent her $ for a season pass. But my height phobia meant I couldn't drive there again. The only way from Ontario is over a huge bridge. I was upset for a while and kept reading. I paid for the Clan and kept reading. Then she started posting chapters of Birchthorn. I read a line or 2 and couldn't continue. It was horrible. That's when I realized she was not what she portrayed. I don't know how anyone could have paid to have that painfully amateur excuse for a 'novel ' I even admired her Celtic pagan beliefs. But then the sudden switch to Heathen? You don't switch from Brigid to Freya. Unless, of course, one happens to be more popular now.
Agree. And I didn't mean to imply anybody that ever paid for a fiddle camp or lesson once upon a time was stupid. I should have clarified anyone who is paying now and seriously thinks that they are going to be even a beginner when she is done. You are what she believes is "beginner" when you are done. Those who have a hard time learning something or who are impaired in any way aren't going to come out of it in the beginner stage. What she convinced people a long time ago regarding who she was, or what she wanted or what she was going to do has been gone for at least the 2 years I've been following. I don't care how one goes about making money from their skill set. If you know how to whittle, teach whittling. If you know how to make soap teach that. People around here pay $35-75.00 at our local coop to watch someone blanch green beans. It's not always about the fact you can see it on YouTube, sometimes you have to consider all of the other things you will experience. JW appears to have a high cost of living- most of which comes from her fun, her booze and her clothing labels and trendy pop culture stuff. Most homesteaders need money for their mortgage, their hay, feed, vet care, hired hand if they can afford, upkeep of fencing and buildings and firewood. They are lucky if they get to watch television and those that I know have basic phones. JW needs fancy jeans, fancy glasses, lots of premium subscriptions to television, WOW, Reddit, Amazon, Netflix and so many other things. Her fun must cost about the same as her mortgage per month. She should be holding workshops, but she isn't right now. She should be building websites to showcase her logos, but she isn't right now. Heck even a soap making class here and there would be in some good money. I look into different authors I follow and their writing workshops each year. They have websites with reviews and information and you can attend and learn everything about writing, publishing--all of it. They charge a lot of money for them and always hold them in some rustic or exotic place in the world. Yet, JW a published author-nothing. Instead the easiest thing with the little effort-fiddle lessons. And I agree with the anon above, if they were that great and memorable for whatever reason- where's the reviews?
Anon 8:17PM, I can totally understand going to her workshops etc...if you've met people you really enjoyed. She could still have a thriving business if she would make the most of her readers wants and needs, if she paid attention to what that was, instead of the constant ME ME ME.
Hmm, another member of the kindred has departed. That makes three this month with only one bona fide kindred member left. Six heathens have left or been "removed" this year. Her October gathering has been canceled. What will she do with all those wolf pendants gathering dust?
You mean the wolf pendants that look exactly like the Direwolf sigal from the Stark Family in Game of Thrones?I found this on her Tyr's Good Hand website:"Members can be removed at any point their worth and reputation hurts the tribe."So why hasn't she been kicked out yet?
Maybe they got tired of stacking her wood or her petty dictatorship. She will end up being a kindred of one.
She was asking on Reddit what other heathen groups do. Some of the responses were basically to not be a hardass and just have a good time. As we know Jenna has rules and oaths and is more of a dictator than a group leader. This is an active example of why she lives alone in the woods. No one can stand her for an extended amount of time."You are your deeds" ... indeed.
"just have a good time". Exactly. Not do someone else's chores or charity work. God knows there are enough rules in life and enough people telling you what to do (think bosses, parents, spouses...) Who wants to add another one?
Anon 6:33 - Can you post that section here?
I wonder if she is modeling her group after that cult she hangs out with, Common Sense Farm?
Here's Jenna's post:"Hey all. I am trying to make the experience of my Kindred as worthwhile as possible when we gather. So I am asking others out there what you do when you meet? Is there a format of activities? Do you always include formal study or never? Just let conversations and casual Heathen talking points come up until ritual? Do you meet at one place or different homes? Or perhaps you have a public park you meet at? How often do you meet? Do you have requirements of participation or mandatory Thing? Whatever you are willing to share would help me compare, contrast, and improve the experience of my own Kindred. I appreciate any feedback in advance.Right now our monthly gatherings include a shared meal (potluck), time by the fire (campfire or woodstove, seasonally depending), discussion of a monthly topic assigned at the end of the last gathering (our homework), and then a group ritual and offering. After ritual we hug and head home, the whole gathering lasting around 4 hours."
Having nothing but coffee and booze 23/24 hours of the day isn't helping that leather jacket fit any better. Expected to hear a rip when she reached up for her hawk in that video.
I thought the same thing. Her alcohol use is showing in the rolls of her leather jacket. She'd be in great shape if she actually lived the life of a farmer/homesteader. There is nothing more telling that she does not live an active, healthy, back to the earth lifestyle than the physical condition that she is in. She is in couch potato, beer drinking shape.
She looked like she was going to freaking pop! I laughed my ass off how can someone who can run 13 miles be so chubby?
The only thing that runs on Jenna is her mouth. She doesn't look like she could make it to the end of her driveway without passing out.
No wonder members are dropping like flies and no one new is signing up. No thanks!"If the following laws are something you do not feel able to abide, or think the group is becoming too much of a commitment, this is the time to say farewell. A few already have, simply because they feel the commitment is too much. That is okay. I would rather have 3 people in my tribe who are 100% dedicated to creating a strong Heathen Community slowly than have a Meetup Group of 100 casual aquaintances.Here are the bylaws I would like to vote on for our Kindred:1. Attendance is at least 6 Tribal Gatherings (with ritual) and 3 Community Service events per year to remain a member. 2. You can not miss three Tribal Ritual Gatherings in a row and remain a member. Must attend once per season of the Wheel.3. You can be removed from our Tribe any time that you hurt your own reputation and worth in a way that also hurts our Tribe. 4. New members must be voted in unanimously by current members after attending 6 events and 3 service meetings. Dismissals must also be unanimous. All other voting can be majority rule."
Wow. Someone's got some SERIOUS OCD/control issues.
Ok, I'm really confused about this whole Heathenry and even Neo-Pagan thing. These groups typically set themselves up in opposition of Religions such as Judaism, Islam, and especially Christianity, often as more inclusive and stuff. As far as I know churches, mosques, and synagogues don't have anything like mandatory attendance. Yes it's obvious you should come every week (or several times a week depending on religion, time of year, and relevant religious observances), but no one is going to kick you out of the congregation because you missed five services. You might be asked to step down from the flower guild if you can't make the commitment, but you're still a part of the church.It just feels really counter to how such a religion should be, even if it does tend to be small.
Maybe because this is really the "First Church of Jenna" the usual rules don't apply.
She's tweeting a link to last year's Guardian article about how a complete moron such as herself has attempted "falconry" with a hawk. Of course poor widdle Jenna wenna has closed the comments on the article because they reduce her to a rocking, fetal position.**What she convieniently left out of the article is how her captured hawk, Anna Kendrick, met her untimely demise. Jenna, thanks to your stupidity and use of animals as "props" Anna Kendrick, the hawk, died in your care.** SHAME ON YOU!I'm going to look through the CAF archives and contact the man who supposedly taught you how to capture and care for hawks. I want to know why you are still allowed to operate as an apprentice after you killed a hawk that you were responsible for.Also, I bet the actress Anna Kendrick, with whom you are obsessed, would love to know that a psycho named Jenna Woginrich captured a hawk, named her Anna Kendrick, and then murdered that hawk. Jenna is like Kathy Bates in the movie Misery.#IMUR#1FAN
I also don't think you should contact her "mentor", but rather contact both the NY and Federal authorities that oversee Falconry licensing. Under the NY Falconry laws, she (and her mentor) broke the law when she trapped her first victim, and each subsequent victim. The law clearly states that an apprentice falconer MUST be under the DIRECT SUPERVISION of the mentor when trapping the hawk. He was at home when she trapped all of her victims. The law also states that she MUST have permission of the landowner where she places the trap. We all know her MO is to just do whatever the heck she pleases as her motto has always been it's easier to ask forgiveness than it is to ask permission. Remember when she stated this after bringing her dog in the post office? She is also supposed to submit yearly paperwork about the hawk. This paperwork is public record and can be requested under the Freedom of Information Act. JeFW also tweeted that she is licensed as a Falconer by the Feds and NY, which is false. She is licensed, but not as a Falconer, but as an APPRENTICE! I believe that her posting photos and articles about her hawks violates the law forbidding commercial use of the bird. She has repeatedly said she uses FB as her advertising for her "farm", which we all know there is no "farm", just JeFW. She also advertises on Twitter and on Reddit. She also had to sign a statement, under penalty of perjury, that she could adequately care for any hawk, including vet care. Her constant begging and inability to provide proper vet care for her dogs proves she cannot! JeFW also has allowed untrained people to practice with the hawk, carry the hawk, etc. She has proudly posted these photos on FB and the Heathen page. And bringing it in to watch tv with her should also be a violation, It is NOT a pet and is NOT to be treated as such. I could go on and on, but I think I made my point. Special Cupcake believes the laws don't apply to her and I hope you do report her so the Feds and the State can know just how special JeFW really is!
Agreed. Jenna, time to get your lies straight so you can answer accordingly when questioned about your "apprenticeship." Clearly you were very much on your own when you captured your latest hawk victim, which is a no no. Tsk, tsk. Your bragging will be your downfall. Way to go, you ignorant hag.
His name is Ed Hepp and he lives in Buskirk on a farm.
Really, though, I don't think he should be contacted. I think you should direct your inquiry to the New York State Falconry Association. The guy's old, probably retired. He was only involved the first year I think. It would be more effective to contact the proper organization.
Oh, the rich irony of #3. We can't even, right ladies? What a clueless, arrogant schmuck is the queen bee of Heathen Club. She reminds me of the obnoxious, haughty 8th grade clique top-girls I observed a zillion years ago - yet as freshly minted teens struggling to be big, define themselves, and learn how to be good people one could hardly expect more, in hindsight at least. She clearly is 20 years developmentally delayed and shamefully blind re the Truth of Jenna. As we so often see, though, people often are quite outspoken against the character traits and behaviors they are most ashamed of in themselves, consciously or not (present company likely included, haha - not so amusing to contemplate, sheesh!)She is so compromised and I hope they all desert her before long, mean as that sounds. She can tweak her clan mtg protocol all she wants and still spread her personal stench of shady ethics,irresponsibility, and using people and their money.
Soon her clan will consist of Friday, Gibson and whatever other creatures she kidnaps. She has a (deservedly) sad life.
Wow, just checked TGH and there is indeed nothing on the calendar through the end of the year. She must be freaking out. And I noticed again that that in almost 1.5 yrs still the only review is from guess who? Look atchaself, Jenna. Til then=never, guess you'll have to stack your own damn wood and what not, while you snivel about wolves and other scary things. It's what people do who heat with wood or even just have fires for cold weather coziness - let alone homesteaders and "in the middle of nowhere" pioneers.Many of the above order it delivered, but NO ONE doesn't not carry and stack their own wood, including people long past retirement age (barring weakness and/or disability). What is your prob, anyway!Oh, right...you are characterologically(sp?) challenged.
What a shabby little life she's leading to spend so much time sucking up to minor celebs on twitter. She's "genuinely touched" that Aya Cash has made a couple tweets at her re: the bird. Is she envisioning a burgeoning friendship between her and Aya Cash? Her lame ass tweets have all the intellectual gravity of sidling up to a star and asking "hot enough for ya?". Honestly, she gets sadder by the day. Her life is passing her by and she's grasping at famous people like there's some kind of potential there. When I look at her, I see someone losing their grasp on reality. I see a borderline hermit who eschews the people in her own community while aggressively pursuing attention from notables on twitter that couldn't give two shits about her. Such a lost soul.
I could "like" this comment multiple times, thanks.
She flew free everyday before you trapped her you idiot. Btw, she's not YOUR hawk any more than the grand canyon is yours."22 hours ago - View on TwitterMy Hawk, Aya Cash, flew free for the first time today. A month of work with a wild animal and she came to me. Amazing."
On Facebook:"Are you one of those people thinking, "Man, Jenna mostly talks about pop culture and politics on Facebook. Where are the farm posts?" They are on twitter. Follow me there. Facebook has become my hotel lobby where I share drinks with friends and yell. Twitter is the more professional me"On Twitter:"My goal with painting my nails is that people observe the intended effort and that's it.""I have poured myself an adult beverage and I am ready to tweet about #RockyHorror ! @Lavernecox is ready to crush it."
Breathtaking cognitive dissonance. The girl is increasingly full of it and detached from reality.
Yeah, because on Twitter, all she has to post is like what, 144 characters about homesteading and the farm? easy peasy!!! hahaha...
Too funny since she used to say the opposite. Twitter was she let loose, swore a lot and basically did the primal stuff her Facebook friends wouldn't get. Which was how it started but then quickly turned to tweeting semi-celebrities. Then it just got out of Control, fall down the stairs weird.
4 people like her #partwolf Twitter pic.Jenna.get.a.clue.You.look.mentally.ill.
There's a certain group of people out there who probably love that pic- serial killers. They share the same crazy eyes!