- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (February 28, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780399185601
- ISBN-13: 978-0399185601
- ASIN: 0399185607
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 142 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
When Lucie's husband, Jason, is laid off from his job it is a gigantic blow. Despite having uprooted the family to move to Duluth two years earlier and great performance reviews Jason is let go. Jason is a desk job sort of guy yet he comes up with the idea that they should have an egg farm using pasture raised chickens and selling the eggs locally. Lucie is also a desk job sort of person and is totally against the idea, but she adores her husband and gradually and grudgingly goes along with the idea. Years of exhaustion, setbacks, financial desperation, freezing temperatures, and filthiness follow yet Lucie for some reason becomes more and more enthusiastic about their chicken venture. She learns all she can and I think becomes a smart business woman.
While Miss Amundsen writes like a dream there were a couple of things I wanted to know that weren't answered. I want to know what sharing their rental house bathroom with the church congregation on Sundays was like. And, where did all the money come from for the chicken farm? I read over and over again how money was a big problem yet they seemed to get what they needed eventually.
All in all this is a fascinating book and Jason Amundsen is a very lucky man.
I think the book was humorous and light-hearted until it wasn't. Some of the sections explaining agricultural models and sustainable practices, etc., were hard to follow and didn't match the tone of the rest of the book, even though the information provided good background.
Towards the end of the book, there seemed to be a big jump in time and descriptions between LoLa struggling for survival and making it work. I Googled the LoLa website, and I was happy to see the company still in business.
I am fascinated by backyard egg-laying chickens, and they are pretty common in my rural-suburban, mostly non-agrarian town in N.H. I love buying pasture-raised eggs from our local producers because of the increased nutritional value and helping support small-to-medium local farms and local economies. This book helped reinforce those sentiments. It finally convinced me to buy eggs in my supermarket that are from hens raised "certified humane" local pasture-fed and ambulatory, instead of only looking for organic and cage-free labeling. The cage-free label can be so misleading to consumers and sad for the hens.
I am surprised to read so many negvative reviews about the author herself and support of her husband. How do we know what's really going on between the couple? I support Lucie's hesitancy to not plunder their family into financial ruin and hold on to some precious family and couple time occasionally just because Jason wanted to plunge into a swimming pool that barely contained any water. If anything, I admire her honesty about their conflicts and her writing and marketing skills, which helped keep the family afloat through her many freelance jobs and promoting LoLa theough her publicity efforts.