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Locally Laid av Lucie Amundsen
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Locally Laid (2016)

av Lucie Amundsen

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The author shares how she and her husband became egg farmers, and how, with very little experience, they learned to manage their business and why they believe farms like theirs are vital to rebuilding America's food system.
Medlem:Auntduke
Titel:Locally Laid
Författare:Lucie Amundsen
Info:Avery books
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Chickens, food, natural, free range, delicious, hard work, farm, egges

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Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch av Lucie B. Amundsen (2016)

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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. ( )
  Tosta | Jul 5, 2021 |
I read a book recently - "The Egg and I". This has some superficial similarities. Both women have husbands who decide that their dream is to have a chicken ranch. Both are fully involved in running that business. Both take a humorous look at their adventures. But "Locally Laid" is a more modern look and there is a great deal of discussion about Middle Agriculture and running a responsible business - as well as negotiating the best life for their family while still enabling the dream. ( )
  tjsjohanna | Mar 5, 2020 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.The author was convinced by her husband that they should move from the city of Minneapolis to the Duluth area and start a chicken farm instead of working in paid jobs. It's a dream of many people to start their own business, and chicken farming might seem attractive if you've only seen a few hens scratching industriously in a small pen. However, this very informative, humorous account of their experiences as the owners of Locally Laid egg farm will probably cause most people to change their minds. I enjoyed it. ( )
  terran | Mar 22, 2019 |
Some people dream of plush jobs with large paychecks and little effort. The author’s husband dreamt of cage-free chickens and organic eggs. As the author will tell readers, it is very difficult to start your own business and the odds are greater when you are literally dealing with chicken brains. This is a story of how five back yards birds turned into a multi partner company producing fresh eggs in three Midwestern states in about four years. While I do not think readers will rush out to start their own little backyard chicken coops, I can see them looking at the cartons on their next trip to the grocery store to see if have access to “Locally Laid” eggs. ( )
  bemislibrary | Sep 2, 2018 |
Super boring. I can't remember what drew me to this book but since I somewhat know a few people who own chickens (not like the people in this book) I guess it sounded like an interesting premise: man decides to quit his decently paying, with benefits job to start an egg farm with his wife. They learn to navigate the hardships and troubles of undertaking such an endeavor and gain insight, knowledge and education about the whole thing.
 
Or something like that. I can't help but be reminded of a somewhat similar premise in the book 'Delancey' except the husband wants to open a pizza shop. Author Amundsen has doubts about this whole endeavor and it's not hard to see why. They stumble, it's hard. And quite frankly after reading how her husband decided to undertake this made me wonder why on earth she didn't divorce him right then and there. It could be she wrote how he came to the decision and how he told her to help to serve as a contrast for how her feelings change and the end, but it just smelled of a disaster.
 
I respect what the author went through and understand that it took a lot of effort (I have family that made a similar move of leaving a well-paying job with a famous company in a nice area to return to farming) but this just wasn't compelling or interesting at all. None of it kept me turning the pages and I began skimming fairly early in my reading. It may resonate with some who have made a similar move or are thinking of doing the same but I didn't find the author's voice interesting nor could I really relate in any way.
 
Also, there seems to be a strange error. On page 183 the author discusses California trying to cut down on water usage and refers to it as the Golden State. In the next paragraph there's discussion of growing crops in California and other crop growers in other states might not be able to do it as cheapy or as reliably as the Sunshine State. The Sunshine State is (as far as I know) a reference to Florida. It's a little strange because there's no mention of "Florida" itself so I'm not sure what happened there.
 
Unless you are thinking of doing the same thing this family did or already have chickens and want to see what it's like for them I'd skip this. Borrow from the library if you're interested.
 
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  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
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