This month’s joint book review is Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-changing Egg Farm-from Scratch by Lucie B. Amundsen. Detailing the process of how the Amundsen family created and developed their vision of a humane and healthy chicken farm, Locally Laid also provides information on the industry, and demonstrates the importance of local businesses with both humor and passion.
I picked up this book because it came highly recommended for being both informative and humorous. That’s a win for me!
This book did turn out to be both informative and very funny. It also had the added effect of inspiring me to never raise chickens–at least not on the scale of the Amundsen farm, Locally Laid. I would rather spend my time and energy on something I am a little more motivated to work on; the closest I have ever come to chicken-raising is watching a friend’s small flock for a weekend, and while educational, it is also laborious and, well, dirty.
A more subtle theme in the book is what it takes to start a business from the ground up–and not surprisingly, it entails a lot. I really admire the courage it took for the Amundsen family to leave all they had known and take the leap of faith in starting a chicken farm. They started out not knowing a great deal about the birds, but they followed their passion (or, in the case of the author, her husband’s passion) and learned a lot along the way.
Check out this book for more insight into what it takes to start a business–especially one involving animals–and for a lot of laughs along the way.
Reading Locally Laid gave me a much more realistic view of what it would be like to raise my own chickens. I don’t know that I ever will, but it’s something that I consider when I dream of growing most of my own food. I’ve always been more comfortable with plants than animals, but I think it would be a good thing to stretch myself in this area…if I get some first-hand experience first.
I enjoyed this book as it was one example of someone seeing a problem in our food system and taking action. I buy the cheap eggs (when I buy them, which isn’t that often), but I can see the merits of supporting businesses like Locally Laid. I’ll be honest, knowing more about where my food comes from is something about which I’ve willing stayed ignorant, sadly.