"The Silence of the Slaughtered Lambs"
I was a huge fan starting in 2010-2011. I admired her for having the courage to do what I only dreamed of doing. She had her own farm! I visited her farm and I paid $100 for a 10 enstallmemt webnar series to learn some handy farm skills from afar. I got one webnar before she said technical difficulties prevented her from being able to broadcast such long video clips on her poor dial up connection. She said to email her for a refund. I truly, truly believed this woman. I have had trouble uploading videos, so I understood. It was weird when she never answered my email, but I still believed in her. I knew money was tight on a farm and maybe she didnt forsee the webnar troubles... and the money was spent. I let it go. As time passed, she started begging for donations and not just once or twice. Then after multiple offers of products yet never fulfilling her promises- all for seemingly good reasons...I realized I had been scammed. I couldnt believe it. I truly believed in this woman for years. Imagine how dumb I felt when I saw that she had scammed people out of artwork as far back as 2003. But still yet, I tried to tell myself she isnt evil...just mentally ill or has ADD. I told myself she really does intend to do these things she offers, then it gets harder than expected and she quits...so she is lazy but not intentionally evil. But, jesus christ, it wasnt like it has happened once or twice. She consistently promises product, takes money and doesnt deliver yet has super duper excuses of why she cant deliver. Please tell me how I can see this as anything but a scam after 6+ yrs of it. Now I want to know how she continues to get away with it??!!!
Not only does she get away with it, but she makes many unnecessary purchases and proudly blogs about it. How she can cry poor one minute then write about her latest purchase without getting called on it is beyond me. Now she is considering a telemetry unit for her hawk. How can she afford it when she says she can't afford car repairs, wood, hay and her mortgage?Remember when she needed $1,000 for a root canal then bought a $1,000 puppy?
As someone pointed out on the other thread, Jenna set the tone for truck repair donations claiming her truck would not start in the damp weather and would require SEVERAL HUNDRED dollars worth of repair.Many of us pointed out that the repair would more than likely be a new distributor cap ($30 cost). Then she mentions the hawk telemetry unit which, *surprise surprise* is priced between $500-$1000.If someone is considering donating to Jenna Woginrich, please consider this information.
I've posted this before, hope you don't mind.I was a fan of Jenna after reading Made From Scratch. I was so excited she had a blog and was on Facebook. I read all of her posts and just ate it all up. I think I naively brushed off her mistakes with animals (bee hive eaten by bears, chicks eaten by her dogs I think if I remember correctly?) as beginner's mistakes.Then one night I had a dream that I signed up for Antlerstock or one of her workshops, and her farm was not the farm I had expected. I walked through her house and to her backyard that had a garden that wasn't any bigger than mine. There weren't any animals so the other people and I just kind of hung out chatting. I woke up from that dream with a much more critical eye...maybe what Jenna is pushing is not true. That's when I started digging and it took me all of 2 minutes to find Meredith's blog and GOMI's thread about Cold Antler Farm.My mind was blown.Some time after that she quit her job and that's when the begging and lying went into overdrive. It has been difficult to watch people throw money at her and call her an inspiration when she is a rip off artist, plain & simple.It is sad that she has taken so many people's trust, admiration and money and thrown it away. I am surprised that she has gotten away with things so blatantly dishonest like Birchthorn, yet the fans are still there! What will it take for Cold Antler "Farm" to no longer exist?
The donations would have to end.
I've not contributed any $ and was not scammed. Like a lot of others I was very inspired by the writing of her earlier blog posts and did like her books. Her home and animals seem fine to me. But her writing and persona has definitely changed these last couple years. The blog has become pretty boring. And while some of the comments here seem to reflect deeper personal issues outside of the scamming accusations,I find this blog's comments much more interesting at the moment.
How much livestock experience do you have that leads you to formulate her animals seem "fine"? I can only assume you haven't followed her blog for long. Leaving sick and down animals to rot with no veterinary care or immediate humane euthanization is not "fine" legally or morally. Actively blogging about the slow deaths is even more disgusting and disturbing.
I've never been a "fan" per se (she always seemed like a bit of a train wreck, although I did only start reading after she had quit her job), but since I'm probably the closest thing to a fan that's going to post here, I'll put forward this thesis: I think she's improving.1) The begging has become more disguised - she hasn't 'crowdfunded' a project or item specifically in about 2 years.2) She now seems to admit that logos and design work are her main source of income. Since one of my main problems with her was that she encouraged other people to do what she did, this goes a long way towards addressing my issues with her.3) I haven't heard of any sick/needlessly dying animals this season (there were some lambing losses, but that happens even under the best of circumstances), and the pictures of the pigs, sheep, and horse look healthy. If someone who has sheep has a different take on this, though, I'd be open to hearing about it.4) She actually followed through on the lamb shares, as verified by some of the folks who bought them.Of course, she still messes things up, and has yet to learn how to underpromise and overdeliver:1) Promising to post every day in October about winter prep activities, and then not even coming close.2) Still hinting for money/ringing the desperation alarm bells while pushing her products.3) Taking money well in advance of producing anythingBut it seems like she's on a positive trajectory. If I could give her some advice (and since she does read posts here, maybe she'll see it), it would be this:1) Move heaven and earth to follow through on any public promises you make. You're rebuilding a reputation, so you need to be twice as diligent as a typical person.2) Update your graphic design website. You already have one, it's linked from your blog, but it claims you still live in Tennessee. Bring it up to the present, it would go a long way towards making you look professional.3) Figure out a budget. YNAB, Mr. Money Moustache, the snowball method, pay yourself first, whatever works. But pretty clearly you aren't doing a great job of prioritizing wants over needs, or controlling your 'fun' budget, with the way things are structured now. Try something else.
In June of this year, Jenna crowdfunded another project to raise money for the mortgage. She raised $3508 by selling her drawings. The link is: https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/going-postal-art-for-the-farm
What do you think of all the TV binge watching, the cartoons, spending lots of time with her hawk, no work on Birchthorn? Just curious.
Didn't she also do a Kiva thing for her new old truck that is always breaking down? Didn't people stingily advise here to have her machanic check it out? And, didn't several people express concern that a single woman should have reliable transportation? But Jenna wants what she wants and the consequences be dam because she can always get the money out of her fans.Can't really agree that veiling the begging in supposed logo or art sales or completing the lamb sales is an improvement. The telling sign will be if her buyers of the tanned hides actually get them. If she completes that in a timely manner then you can say she's made a small step, but remember she still has Birtchthorn hanging out there and we're coming on the third Christmas, I think.Finishing that should be her primary goal and take all her time to redeem herself, not playing with some fucking hawk that's being trained to catch squirrels.
I have been following Jenna since before she quit her job and it seems to me she's sliding down a slippery slope. When I first started reading her blog and books, I thought she was a woman mature far beyond her years. I am decades older than her and was very impressed by what she accomplished in her twenties.But now she seems more immature each day. Her obsession with celebrities, television, social media, cartoons. Play over work. Her lack of desire to be self reliant. It's like she's devolving.And thinly veiled begging is still begging. It is not an improvement. I think it is worse.
I second what you wrote. She's definitely "devolving" into a money mooching scammer.
Anon 5:44 we could be twins. I also am a lot older and admired her. But she didn't have a business plan or a budget or even a simple cash flow projection which is suicide for a small business. Then I saw the downward spiral start a couple of years ago. But she's still there so I think everything was exaggerated and she's better off than she let on. So the scared posts about wolves etc were probably just to pad the fun spending account. I was fooled too and sent $ wiser now. And beyond baffled why someone her age is so enamored with celebrities and trying to interact with them on Twitter.
In August 2015, Jenna got a crowdsourced Kiva loan of $2250 to buy her latest truck. Here is the link:https://www.kiva.org/lend/1089911
Jenna needs to pull her head out of her posterior. She spends money as if it is someone else's. I guess that's because it usually is.