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Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch Paperback – February 28, 2017
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2016 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award Winner
"Written with candor, sarcasm and humor, Locally Laid is, to pluck a phrase from the book, an immersion into 'a loud, flustery poultry tsunami.'"
--NPR's The Salt
“I absolutely loved Locally Laid! Read it in two days and enjoyed every minute. Funny and informative.”
--Sue Grafton, #1 bestselling author of the Kinsey Millhone series
“Witty and eye-opening, Locally Laid is a gem. I found myself rooting for this couple of lunatics who get into the egg business in the most unlikely of places, in the most unlikely of circumstances. Lucie B. Amundsen, aka Bird, is utterly uninhibited and quite hilarious.”
--Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer
“Lucie Amundsen's refreshingly honest account of starting a mid-sized farm will resonate with any business owner. She brings the perfect measure of levity to her tale, keeping the reader laughing during even the most tense moments of this true-to-life story. Locally Laid is a plucky read worthy of a place on every eater's bookshelf!”
--Anastasia Cole Plakias, founding partner of Brooklyn Grange and author of The Farm on the Roof
“As a ‘remedial adult’ with chickens, I heartily commend you to the words, wisdom and knowledge of Lucie B. Amundsen, an author whose voice is as earthy as a chicken run, as goofy and bright as a pasture-raised egg yolk at sunrise, and as down-to-earth as barn boots in mud. People ask me about chickens, I say, ‘Read Lucie.’”
--Michael Perry, author of Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting
"Locally Laid is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. With candor, humor, and a distinctly midwestern irreverence, Lucie B. Amundsen chronicles her family’s earnest effort to bring some sanity back to the food system.”
--Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground
“I laughed, cried, and said "Amen" during this roller-coaster pastured poultry farm start-up memoir. Locally Laid is a perfect example of why farm apprenticeships are so important. Seldom will nonfiction keep you from going to bed at night: Locally Laid will definitely keep you up!”
--Joel Salatin, author of You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Lucie Amundsen is a writer, marketer, and reluctant farmer. She co-owns Locally Laid Egg Company, a farm that provides pasture-raised eggs in Minnesota, Iowa, and Indiana. She sits on the Hartley Nature Center board and is an active volunteer with Duluth Community Gardening Program. Amundsen also holds a master’s of fine arts in writing from Hamline University. A former contributor to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and former editor at Reader’s Digest Association, Amundsen has written for scores of publications during her freelance career. She lives with her husband and two children in Duluth, Minnesota.
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Top Customer Reviews
Even if you don't like chickens (and I don't. I openly hate them...my second-least-favorite bird...the only birds I hate more are geese), you will enjoy the book. It's worth your read.
And pssst, you will also learn about agriculture. Shhh.
This book is well written, funny as hell, and informative in areas you didn't think you were interested in. I bought this book because I am a fan of their product. Little did I know that I would be laughing out loud while learning so much about eggs, business, passion, and starting a new life from scratch while raising children and after already having a great financial life but deciding to follow a passion. These folks have changed an industry without ever having to. They did it only because they cared. The eggs are great and will remind you of eggs you had as a child that came from the friendly farmer down the road.
This book is a page turner that you can't and will not want to put down. It doesn't matter whether you care about eggs, farming, or none of the above. It's a great read and well worth the time.
I recommend this book to all budding entrepreneurs busy creating something new for themselves and the world. As an entrepreneur myself, I really admire the Amundsen's endless creativity to solve the next hurdle and all the while balancing business with family life.
I laughed out loud often and was left wishing for two things: 1) another book, and 2) more locally laid eggs!
This woman can write! You'll learn why it costs so much to produce these lovely eggs and you just might become a mid-size Ag avenger like Lucie:)
After reading it, I'm more deeply appreciative of the incredible effort and courage it takes to follow a dream.