Locally Laid introduces us to author Lucie Amundsen and her husband (her children too) as they jump headlong into starting a commercial-scale pasture-raised, free range, organic egg farm. Frighteningly his career prior to this was behind a desk and his only experience consists of raising five backyard hens, none of whom had yet laid a single egg. Their worthy goal is to reconnect local agriculture with local economies; and at tremendous financial risk to themselves.
“It was a warm gift of an evening after a beautifully productive day. And that was when Jason said what every
girl out with her fella longs to hear. “I want to talk to you about something,” he said, clearing his throat.
“Commercial egg farming.” If this were a sitcom, a record needle would scratch across vinyl and someone
would cue the laugh track. But as this was just my life, I blinked and kept shoveling salsa into my mouth between gulps of beer. Buzzed on Corona and that special hopeful feeling a woman gets about her man, I dodged.”
“While I’ve worried about many things going wrong with our unlikely egg startup, CHICKENS not knowing
HOW TO BE CHICKENS was not one of them.”
The true story contains both humor and often heart-breaking moments when yet another hurdle appears before this family. I have to admit that I know a hell of a lot more about chickens that I ever knew before…and perhaps more than I want to know.