A Room of One's Own might not be able to tell you why the chicken crossed the road, but Lucie Amundsen probably can! We welcome her to the store to read from her brand new book Locally Laid:How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm - From Scratch. Join us to learn 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 two thousand chickens all 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-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. You can read more about Lucie's farm at http://Locallylaid.com !
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