Locally Laid

Locally Laid

How We Built A Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm--from Scratch

eBook - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Avery, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016
ISBN: 9780698404052
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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AL_LESLEY Oct 29, 2017

This book is awesome. I love this family's journey and the way Lucie tells it, with honesty and hilarity with some truly educational bits on sustainable and middle agriculture and some insight into the struggle of leaving middle class security behind.

JCLHelenH Dec 16, 2016

Lucie and Jason start a farm. Over time, they streamline their processes, grow their brand, and claim their place firmly in middle agriculture. At every step, Lucie and Jason must grapple with their ideals versus reality and constantly tug at one another in order to stay in balance.

Jul 23, 2016

You've probably heard of little, local farmers selling eggs at the farmers market, and of giant chicken corporations selling eggs to grocery chains and fast-food joints spanning the country. This book is an intriguing look at something in-between, and it suggests that while small might be beautiful for some things, and economies of scale the answer for others, sometimes the sweet spot is right in the middle. It's also an outstanding book to turn to if you are feeling a yearning to go off and become a farmer - the writer was, ahem, definitely not wearing rose-colored glasses.


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