The Book- Gardening + Chickens

For anyone who doesn’t know, I am currently writing a book for Timber Press and I am thrilled to say it is almost done!  The finish line is right around the corner and it is coming together perfectly.  The book is tentatively titled “FREE RANGE GARDENS: A guide to creating a beautiful chicken-friendly space” and is a mix of garden design, permaculture, chicken keeping 101,  and lots of plant information.  I can’t wait to share more details in the coming months as the book goes to marketing and print!  Be sure to look for the book in Timber Press’ Fall 2011 catalog and follow my events page which I update regularly.   This Feb I will be speaking at the NW Flower and Garden show about designing urban homesteads and a special seminar on gardening with chickens called “What the Cluck?!”

Sneak peak - the photographer Kate taking photos at a special chicken garden

The process of writing has been so much different from my daily work as a business owner, landscape designer and farm girl-mama.  One of my favorite  things about it has been meeting a bunch of like minded chicken owners who have great gardens!  Normally when I go to someone elses garden I am consulting and answering questions, but the roles have reversed and I’ve loved it!  I’m the chicken garden reporter!   I have also been ecstatic to be working with a professional photographer.  Kate of Kate Baldwin Photography is fantastic to work with and when I look through her gorgeous photos I have a permanent grin and will often laugh out loud at some of the moments she captured.  I wish I could always work with her on every project!