[PDF / Epub] ☀ Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch Author Lucie B. Amundsen – Horse-zine.co.uk

Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch chapter 1 Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch, meaning Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch, genre Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch, book cover Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch, flies Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch, Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch d1ea533547e40 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 BetterWhen 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

10 thoughts on “Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch

  1. says:

    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 thinks it would be a great idea to decorate the house with antique canning jars.I have the best, the crunchiest of intentions Sometimes I even follow through My half full backyard compost bin is proof But I m not nearly as serious as Lucie Amundsen and her husband Jason They started a mid sized commercial egg farming business called Locally Laid when Jason was laid off from his desk job, in a classically inspiring lemons into lemonade story of American entrepreneurship Of course, as Lucie admits in her delightfully funny book, they have been dealt a LOT of lemons, from failed inspections to birds that don t know how to roost to complaints from consumers over their slightly salty brand name Through their experiences, they ve not only built a modestly successful business, but they ve also identified a mission of promoting what they call middle ag, a happy medium between massive commercial farms that treat animals inhumanely and waste valuable resources to ship product cross country and sometimes even farther , and tiny hobby farms that populate farmer s market stalls but don t generate a living wage for their operators The book is part memoir, part informative essay, and it made me think about where my food comes from and the choices I make in purchasing and consuming it And not only is Amundsen warm and funny, she s also a great writer just in case you were concerned, like I was, that having lived a good story and knowing how to tell it don t always go hand in hand I love non fiction for my audio reading, but sometimes it s hard to find non fiction about lighter topics beyond the obvious choices written by stand up comedians and celebrities Locally Laid ended up being exactly what I wanted to read it charmed the feathers off me More book recommendations by me at www.readingwithhippos.com

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    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 in the names, faces, and the journey behind the chickens Oh my gosh, and what a journey it was perhaps still is What I REALLY appreciated was the brutal honesty in what it took to get this enterprise off the ground Going from vision to reality I ve read too many blogs and no, LoLa s not one of them I admit I didn t even think to see if they had a blog daydreaming about how starting and owning one s own business be it agricultural based, a book store, a yarn store, a bakery, etc is nothing but rainbow farting unicorns because you own the business Umno No golden horned equines in owning your own business, only piles of shitty paperwork and long hours And what they Jason found out was Reality can be a real Bitch Kudo s to the Amundsen s, their volunteers, their staff, their families and the supporters for sticking it out and bringing the heartache, the tears, the worry, and eventually, the success, to the world A second part of the story was a look at where does a middle size agriculture business fit in, in today s society Is there even a niche for something like LoLa Is it sustainable Locally Laid has yet to stand the trials of time to answer some of those, but the direction they are moving in seems viable and doable It will be interesting to watch A third aspect to this book was in good part, history How we went from a very agrarian based society to massive factory farms and the impact that has had not only on our food production, but on the economic fabric of society Some of this I ve read before, such as the poultry industry contracting with folks to raise chickens to specs, but at a non sustainable cost to the individual or family And, some was new I am, however, somewhat disappointed that after 300 pages discussing the importance of keeping things local, that the author chose to go with a major publishing house and not a local publisher such as On Word Bound Books After all the support the community gave LoLa, it would have been nice to have seen that reciprocated And, who knows other than the author Maybe it was and a deal wasn t possible, but I do hope she at least tried Overall, a book balanced between the personal journey, a loose history of the nations food production, and what it takes to turn eggs into a business Recommended PS Coming back to add, Grain Belt has not been made in Minneapolis since 1975 It s been produced by August Schell Brewing Co out of New Ulm, MN, since the early 2000 s Before that by and the second Minnesota Brewing Co, St Paul 1991 2001 and Heilman Brewing Co, LaCrosse, WI 1975 1990.

  3. says:

    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.

  4. says:

    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, because their farm is local, buy their eggs and have started picking berries in their fields Long disclaimer I guess Anyway, this book was thoroughly entertaining and informative I ve flirted with the idea of farming or gardening on a larger scale and I appreciated the honesty about the brutal work and dedication it takes I really enjoy reading about farm adventures so I don t have to actually do them myself.

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    Read this in a few days Delightful Duluth area couple want to go from keeping a few chickens in their backyard to starting a small business Well, the husband wants this than the wife at first Some funny shenanigans, so real truths The best part of the book is the writing, and the candor with which the author shares her families journey, and we learn along with them This one is our April book club book So glad I read this.

  6. says:

    I thought this would be a really good farm start up kind of book, but it wasn t that great Lucie s husband decided on kind of a whim that he wanted to be a mid level egg farmer and when shortly afterward he got laid off they decided to go for it But it meant renting land since they owned two houses and couldn t buy anything All around it seemed like they just made mistake after mistake and bad decision after bad decision They got a lot of local media attention when they entered a contest to win a commercial spot in the Super Bowl, but they still weren t really making enough money to support their family I know sometimes you have to jump in to something and take a chance, but this seemed like a really bad idea I know farming is hard work and most farmers don t make a ton of money, but you can support yourself if it s done right see anything by Joel Salatin While Amundsen does intersperse information about the farming industry with their personal story, I just didn t find it a compelling book I felt like I was watching this family on the brink of disaster the whole time I was reading There were a few funny parts and the writing is pretty good, but not enough for me to recommend this one.

  7. says:

    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 delight to read.Support a writer and farmer buy this book, read this book It will make you smile and you ll learn stuff.

  8. says:

    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.

  9. says:

    It was fun experiencing life with this family as they dived headfirst and with little experience into the world of farming I learned about middle agriculture a food term I was unfamiliar with.

  10. says:

    Loved this memoir and learned a lot about chickens

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