At Crossroads with chickens - A guide to off grid living

A “What If It Works” Experiment in Off-Grid Living and Quest for Home

Award-winning author Tory MCagg chronicles her transition to off-the-grid living in a timely, captivating memoir 

JAFFREY, New Hampshire — How much can one chicken change the life of a New England author? “Our chickens have had more influence on our lives than even I care to admit,” Tory McCagg writes in her new memoir, “At Crossroads with Chickens,” (June 2, 2020, Bauhan Publishing). 

Upon discovering her chicken Rhoda Red was in fact a rooster, McCagg found herself at a crossroad. Her home city of Providence, Rhode Island, didn’t allow for roosters, so McCagg and her husband packed up their six chickens and two cats, and moved to their off-grid New Hampshire weekend house “just for the winter.”

As the years passed, their newfound interests in organic farming, solar power and chicken stewardship evolved, and their weekend home became a permanent one. 

A long-time conservationist, with a deepening concern for climate disruption, McCagg strives to live a life that reflects her values. Her memoir amounts to much more than a traditional off-the-grid story about a city-dwelling couple fleeing to the country. McCagg recounts heartbreak and personal growth, all while mourning the loss of exciting and busy city life and shepherding her mother through a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Join McCagg on her life-changing adventure or, as she calls it, “experiment,” and discover not just “Will it work?” but “What if it does?”

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