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Lucie Amundsen's (MFA '14) highly anticipated narrative non-fiction book, Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm - from Scratch will be in stores March 1. 

Come hear Amundsen read, speak, and make you laugh about all things poultry at the Twin Cities launch, Thursday, March 3, at Hamline's Anderson Center at 7 p.m.

About the book:

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 adventure—and many, many hours spent wrangling chickens.

 Just some of the praise... 

“I absolutely loved Locally Laid! Read it in two days and enjoyed every minute. Funny and informative.”

–Sue Grafton, #1 bestselling author of the Kinsey Millhone series

“Witty and eye-opening, Locally Laid is a gem. I found myself rooting for this couple of lunatics who get into the egg business in the most unlikely of places, in the most unlikely of circumstances.  Lucie B. Amundsen, aka Bird, is utterly uninhibited and quite hilarious.”

–Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

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Lucie in the news

'Locally Laid': The Story of a very plucky chicken farm (MPR)

Minnesota writer tells how she became an egg farmer in 'Locally Laid' (Star Tribune)

More conversation with Lucie (Star Tribune)

Visit the Locally Laid site 

[ Author photo credit: Max Caven Photography ]