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Publisher's Summary

How a Midwestern family with no agriculture experience went from a few backyard chickens to a full-fledged farm - and discovered why local chicks are better.
When Lucie Amundsen had a rare night out with her husband, she never imagined what he'd tell her over dinner - that 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 2,000 chickens - all 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-man's-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 America's 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 couple's ag adventure - and many, many hours spent wrangling chickens.
©2016 Lucie B. Amundsen (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Narrator Kate Reading is excellent at capturing Amundsen's emotions as she deals with financial hardships, physical fatigue, and endless farm-related issues while discovering the joy in trying to create positive change. During the more technical passages, Reading slows the pace and reads with crisp enunciation, making the material easy to understand." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-10-17

Great Story, Inspiring

Looking for an inspirational and informative book on the local food movement and the struggle of producers? Look no further. Great writing, great narration. You won't be disappointed. I laughed out loud many times and have a greater appreciation for what it takes to do the right thing when it comes to buying local.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Naomi Yaeger on 03-14-16

Took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions

Would you listen to Locally Laid again? Why?

Yes, because it was so entertaining. And also some good information about agribusiness is included. Anyone who eats or pays taxes should be interested in agribusiness

What was one of the most memorable moments of Locally Laid?

There were so many.
Mostly Lucie's tales of the family's tribulations.

Lucie crying at a restaurant when Jason tells her of his dream.

-The Amundsen’s mixing with cultures other than their own, like their visit to Amish farmers; and the visit from glitzy California PR to the egg farm in Minnesota.

The city of Duluth rallying around the Amundsens.

After receiving business advice from a group of mentors, Lucie "losing her cookies" in the parking ramp on her way to her car as she ponders that it is better to give than receive.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

Kates' reading voice was pleasant, easy to understand and believable

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have if I had the time it is too long for that.

Any additional comments?

It's a fun memoir packed with information about food and business.

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