Friday, April 18, 2014

Murphy's Chicks

     Millard Murphy raises chickens and farm fresh eggs for his community members at La Tierra, an intentional community in Sebastopol, California. For over a decade now Millard has been providing his community members with fresh organic chicken eggs raised right there on their shared land. 

     La Tierra is a small community of about 18 residents. The land is 15 acres and the tenants and owners share in a number of collaborative community efforts to live sustainably off of the land and in harmony with Mother Earth.  The property members all share in gardening responsibilities and the property produces many fruits, vegetables and other shared crops for community meals, canning and drying. 

     Millard's chickens are just one of the ways that the people on this land are living sustainably and providing for themselves while working closely with the natural abundance of the earth.

     It was such a pleasure and an honor to get to photography Millard while he worked with his chickens. Millard, an incredible man and a very spiritual person, treats his time with his chickens as a meditation. He sings a bit, smiles a lot, and knows the story of each chicken and rooster. He cares for them as animals and he gives gratitude for their abundant gift of eggs each day. After he takes the communities compost down for the chickens, and then feeds and waters them, he collects the eggs and diligently washes and drys each one to then be stored away in the community refrigerator for the other community members to enjoy. It is a beautiful and kind service, and he does it every singe morning. Being an incredibly busy man, some days he even does it before the sun has even considered waking up. To some, taking care of over 30 chickens could feel like a chore, but to Millard, it is his pleasure. If only we could all learn to treat our daily tasks as a meditation and take pride in every bit of what we offer to the world and the people who we share it with. 


  1. Thank goodness for those "girls"! They've been so busy lately and we've been literally eating it up! The eggs, of course...
    Thank you Millard Murphy for all that you do!

  2. Oh how I love getting a sweet little peek into both of your lives, Dawn & Millie! Love you all ♡