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Chillin’ With the Peeps



These are from a photo shoot done this week for the chapters in the “Raising Chickens” book on incubating, hatching, and raising chicks. It was a pretty magical day. A chick even pipped its way out “for us”, as though on cue. The setting was the gorgeous Double G Ranch, stewarded by the imminently gracious and hospitable Lance and Valerie Graves. If you’re in the Asheville area and are looking for organic feed or chickens raised organically, give them a call. They’ll hook you up. They’ve also got a host of adorable pygmy goats, horses, and pigs, which although not for sale, are worth the trip out to their place alone. BABY PYGMY GOATS! If you’re looking for the cute threshold, look no further. 


I’ve got to tell you, folks, the photos for the book are truly stellar. Lynn Harty is an immense talent. She’s doing both of the first two books in the series and is the sort of photographer that, even if you are the type of person who only gets up close and personal with chickens and vegetables when they served to you by a waiter, will have you ordering chicks and mason jars faster than you can say “Buff Orphington.” She’s a treat, and I’m lucky to have been paired up with her. 

*Images by Lynn Harty courtesty of Lark Books

11 Responses to Chillin’ With the Peeps

  • nicole says:

    it’s so exciting to see your books (just like that little chick) just about to break out of their shells.

  • Anonymous says:

    The chicks remind me of when we first moved on the farm and stareted getting all our critter’s.I can’t belive how long it’s been !The pictures are soooo gooood. I can almost hear them Beeping or is it chipping maybe chepping?Whatever you know the drill! MOM

  • Emily says:

    There is something so magical about watching a chick emerge from its shell. The photos are truly tremendous!

  • Anonymous says:

    Is the book out?

  • Anonymous says:

    love the peeps! I am really looking forward to the BOOK!

  • Hi all. The book won’t actually be out in print until March/April 2010. I’m done on my end, and now all the post-production aspects of publishing are happening, like editing, illustrating, photography, and styling, not to mention printing. Until I became an author, I never realized just how much work goes into crafting a book! It’s an incredibly symbiotic process.

  • I just took a quick look through your blog at the suggestion of your husband, and it’s great!

    I always joke that “keeping up with the Joneses” here in Portland, Oregon involves having a chicken coop and an obsession with knitting.

    I look forward to spending more time looking through earlier posts.

    Katy Wolk-Stanley

  • what an interesting topic to write about! I will have to send my uncle and aunt a link to your blog, they live down in southwest VA and are really interested in self-reliant living and home-raised food.

  • Sarah says:

    stunning photos, can’t wait for the book!
    also i had something funny to say about kefir but lost it.

  • P says:

    Oh my God, I’m about to pass out. And you know why. Baby chickens AND baby pygmy goats! It’s almost too much for one post.

  • Bonner says:

    I absolutely love the top photo of you with the chick. It sums up for me the immediacy and intimacy of the lifestyle you are promoting with Small Measure, the face-to-faceness of it.