Yes, it’s true! I’m now in the poultry porn business. My first farm-related book, Beautiful Chickens, was published in March 2011 by Frances Lincoln. It contains glamour shots of various chicken breeds, accompanied by information and history on each breed. I’ve raised many of these chickens on my farm, but I still learned quite a few things while writing the book.

My essay, The Vanishing, was published in Laura Pritchett’s fabulous anthology, Going Green, in 2009. My piece describes some paintings I picked up at a garage sale and the imaginary friendship I developed with the artist. I’m proud that my mother, Ruth Friesen, also has an essay in the book. Her story describes her experience starting and running a reclaimed building supply store for the Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity.