Read Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch Online Free - How a Midwestern family with no agriculture experience went from a few backyard chickens to a full-fledged farm—and discovered why local chicks are better.
When Lucie Amundsen had a rare night out with her husband, she never imagined what he’d tell her over dinner—that his dream was to quit his office job (with benefits!) and start a commercial-scale pasture-raised egg farm. His entire agricultural experience consisted of raising five backyard hens, none of whom had yet laid a single egg.
To create this pastured poultry ranch, the couple scrambles to acquire nearly two thousand chickens—all named Lola. These hens, purchased commercially, arrive bereft of basic chicken-y instincts, such as the evening urge to roost. The newbie farmers also deal with their own shortcomings, making for a failed inspection and intense struggles to keep livestock alive (much less laying) during a brutal winter. But with a heavy dose of humor, they learn to negotiate the highly stressed no-man’s-land known as Middle Agriculture. Amundsen sees firsthand how these midsized farms, situated between small-scale operations and mammoth factory farms, are vital to rebuilding America’s local food system.
With an unexpected passion for this dubious enterprise, Amundsen shares a messy, wry, and entirely educational story of the unforeseen payoffs (and frequent pitfalls) of one couple’s ag adventure—and many, many hours spent wrangling chickens.
|Title||:||Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch|
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August 16, 2016
I have a little hipster in me, an alternate personality I picture as a guy with a man-bun who loves hot yoga and kefir and raises chickens in a backyard coop just rickety enough to look cute on Instagram. It’s the same part that spurs me to drop money on organic brands at the grocery store and th...
April 24, 2016
My disclaimer - I'm from the Duluth area, so I'm familiar with the name, the product, and parts of Locally Laid's story already. I was there for the Super Bowl commercial voting. I noticed when the eggs started hitting store shelves. I read the articles in the paper. What this book did was fill i...
January 08, 2016
Lucie Amundsen's husband is a bit of dreamer and Lucie tells the story of how his big dream, a commercial egg farm that pastures its chickens and feeds the. Organically and from local sources, is told with wit and humor. If you enjoy ag stories with realistic struggles and happy endings, you'll l...
July 30, 2016
I live about a half mile down the dirt road from where the Amundsen's had their first chicken pasture. I would drive by daily and wonder in delight at this unusual setup. My son's best friend helped do chicken chores back then so I feel connected to their story through reciprocity. I also, becaus...
June 27, 2017
I read this aloud to my family on a recent road trip. I had some saucy jokes to explain but overall, they all liked it and I really appreciated seeing the character arcs on my re-read.
Charming, sweet, sad, funny, well-written, and educational, this memoir and book about middle agriculture was a d...
June 26, 2017
Lucie B. and Jason Amundsen started their plucky, clucky, audacious chicken-and-egg farm (turns out the chicken comes first) in 2012 in Northeastern Minnesota and lived to tell about it.
"Locally Laid," the book (it's also their trade name) serves as a cautionary tale for those who may be thinking...
April 05, 2017
I have much newfound respect for the middle-agriculture poultry industry, and even greater respect for Lucie Amundsen. While insightful and informative, her brutal honesty and wit made this a delight to read. No rose colored glasses here. She lays everything out unapologetically - and it's lovely...
August 13, 2017
It has been interesting to me to watch Locally Laid has develop their business, I live in the Duluth area and voted for them in the Super Bowl competition. This book is much more than the story of their small business, there is so much more about the state of farming and our food sources. Lucie's...
April 06, 2017
An entertaining memoir about the author and her husband's founding of an egg farm in Minnesota. There are informative Pollan-esque asides about agriculture, the author is sassy and funny, and it's nice they pulled it off.
March 30, 2016
Lucie Amundsen’s Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. From frustration to happiness to sadness to pondering about what will be around the corner. I’ve “read’ it twice on Audible. Kate Reading narrates it and d...