By Lucie B. Amundsen
When Lucie Amundsen had an extraordinary evening out together with her husband, she by no means imagined what he’d inform her over dinner—that his dream used to be to hand over his place of work activity (with benefits!) and begin a commercial-scale pasture-raised egg farm. His complete agricultural adventure consisted of elevating 5 yard hens, none of whom had but laid a unmarried egg.
To create this pastured chicken ranch, the couple scrambles to obtain approximately thousand chickens—all named Lola. those hens, bought commercially, arrive bereft of easy chicken-y instincts, comparable to the night urge to roost. The beginner farmers additionally care for their very own shortcomings, making for a failed inspection and excessive struggles to maintain cattle alive (much much less laying) in the course of a brutal iciness. yet with a heavy dose of humor, they learn how to negotiate the hugely under pressure no-man’s-land referred to as center Agriculture. Amundsen sees firsthand how those midsized farms, positioned among small-scale operations and immense manufacturing unit farms, are important to rebuilding America’s neighborhood nutrients system.
With an unforeseen ardour for this doubtful firm, Amundsen stocks a messy, wry, and completely academic tale of the unexpected payoffs (and widespread pitfalls) of 1 couple’s ag adventure—and many, many hours spent wrangling chickens.
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