Author Event: Jennifer McGaha
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Jennifer McGaha never expected to own a goat named Merle. She didn’t expect to be buying organic yogurt for her chickens. She never thought she would be pulling camouflage carpet off her ceiling or rescuing opossums from her barn and calling it “date night.”
Most importantly, Jennifer never thought she would only have $4.57 in her bank account.
When Jennifer discovered that she and her accountant husband owed back taxes—a lot of back taxes—her world changed. Desperate to save money, they foreclosed on their beloved suburban home and moved their family to a one-hundred-year-old, mice-infested, snake-ridden cabin in a North Carolina holler.
From chick rearing, dairy goat raising, and farming to cheese making and gardening, Jennifer’s life began to more closely resemble her Appalachian ancestors than her upper-middle-class upbringing. But what started as a last-ditch effort to settle debts became a journey that revealed both the joys and challenges of living close to the land.
Told with bold wit, unflinching honesty, and a firm foot in the traditions of Appalachia, Flat Broke with Two Goats blends stories of homesteading with the journey of two people rediscovering the true meaning of home.