Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farmfrom Scratch How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farmfrom Scratch, Lucie B. Amundsen
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Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farmfrom Scratch

Author: Lucie B. Amundsen

Narrator: Kate Reading

Unabridged: 8 hr 27 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Published: 03/01/2016

Genre: Social Science - Agriculture & Food

Synopsis

How a midwestern family with no agriculture experience went from a few backyard chickens to a full-fledged farmand discovered why local chicks are better When Lucie Amundsen had a rare night out with her husband, she never imagined what hed tell her over dinnerthat 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 chickensall named Lola. These hens, purchased commercially, arrive bereft of basic chicken-like 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-mans-land known as middle agriculture. Amundsen sees firsthand how these mid-sized farms, situated between small-scale operations and mammoth factory farms, are vital to rebuilding Americas 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 couples ag adventureand many, many hours spent wrangling chickens.

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