Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm - from Scratch [Audiobook] by Lucie B. Amundsen
English | March 1, 2016 | ASIN: B01C4L1CRC, ISBN: 1504685849, 1504685830 | [email protected] kbps | 8 hrs 27 mins | 232 MB
Narrator: Kate Reading | Genre: Nonfiction/Business/Farming
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 hed 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-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 adventure - and many, many hours spent wrangling chickens.