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Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from… (2016)

by Lucie B. Amundsen

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As a farm kid, I enjoyed reading about a family making farming work. It reminds me a bit of Animal Vegetable Miracle, weaving a family story into a food story.
  sonyagreen | Jan 10, 2017 |
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 love this. Along the way Lucie explains the theories and practices that inform their decisions. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
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What an inspiring read! This family bit off more than they could chew and then triumphed anyway. Too many of us don't know where our food comes from, I mean, really know what it takes to grow plants and animals into food, and this details a real-world education in farming. ( )
  parker | Nov 30, 2016 |
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After the purchase of few chickens for a family backyard flock, Amundsen's husband decides he would like to begin a bigger egg operation. Thus the Amundsen family's life is uprooted! This is not only the story of raising chickens for commercial egg production but a look behind the scenes into the start-up of a small business. ( )
  DFED | May 16, 2016 |
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This was a fun book to read. Lucie Amundsen writes of her husband's desire to run a chicken run. But this is not all what he thought it would be; the early mornings, long days, trying to buy chickens from a reputable source and then having stressed-out chickens die. And of course, the rest of the family has to deal with all that is happening on the chicken farm; being displaced from their schools, work. It is a reality check for anyone thinking of doing this.
  pegee101 | May 5, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159463422X, Hardcover)

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.

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