The Improbable Shepherd

The Improbable Shepherd
More Stories from Sylvia's Farm
Written by Sylvia Jorrin

Category: Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs; Nature; Nature - Animals
Format: Trade Paperback
On Sale: November 26, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-57826-471-1 (1-57826-471-5)

In this sequel to her popular first collection, Sylvia Jorrín returns with more vignettes —  along with personal photos, artwork, and recipes--from her life on the farm to again inspire readers old and new.

The Improbable Shepherd is a continuation of Sylvia's Farm, covering the past five years of her experiences on a rural sheep farm. This book brings readers closer to the world around them, and to recognize the simple, often hidden beauties it holds. Told in short vignettes and anecdotes, it is a journal of the continuing growth, persistence, and hope that each new day can bring.

Nearly a decade after the publication of her first book, life on Sylvia Jorrin's farm continues to present our improbable shepherdess with new opportunities to appreciate the peace and unexpected joys that farm life brings despite too many tasks and too little time.

The Improbable Shepherd immerses the reader fully in Sylvia's farm, echoing her own experiences living with the land and includes photos, and illustrations and Sylvia's personal recipes. Appealing to those who loved Sylvia's first book and want to return, as well as for all the newcomers who have yet to discover Sylvia's powerful prose and earnest message, The Improbable Shepherd will inspire you to follow your dreams, whatever they may be.


Sylvia Jorrín has been a farmer raising sheep in Delaware County, New York more than 25 years. Her farm is one of the few large regional sheep farms solely owned and operated by a woman. She has published over 1,000 articles about her farm, agricultural subjects, her recipes, and book reviews in such agricultural publications as Country Folks, Small Farm Journal, and The Delaware County Times.

Sylvia's house was photographed for Farmhouse Revival by Susan Daley and Steve Gross. Sylvia was also featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine in an article about shearing on her farm and Sylvia's homemade recipes. Sylvia's Farm was chosen for the Book of the Month Club in 2005 and was also excerpted in Willie Nelson's book, Farm Aid: Song for America. You can visit Sylvia's farm on her website,