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 Author Lucie B. Amundsen
ISBN-10 0399185607
ISBN-13 9780399185601
Year 2017-02-28
Pages 336
Language English
Publisher Avery
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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 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 mans 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 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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