The Book

Locally Laid (Penguin 2016) is a humorous telling of this unlikely egg farm start up and through it, a painless lesson in America’s food system.

And it’s a winner!

2016 Midwest Choice Award in Nonfiction

2016 Midwest Choice Award in Nonfiction


“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

“…a pasture-raised chicken operation inspired a page-turning memoir.”
–Rick Nelson, Food Editor, Minneapolis Star Tribune 

“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

“Lucie Amundsen’s refreshingly honest account of starting a mid-sized farm will resonate with any business owner. She brings the perfect measure of levity to her tale, keeping the reader laughing during even the most tense moments of this true-to-life story. Locally Laid is a plucky read worthy of a place on every eater’s bookshelf!”
–Anastasia Cole Plakias, founding partner of Brooklyn Grange and author of The Farm on the Roof

“As a ‘remedial adult’ with chickens, I heartily commend you to the words, wisdom and knowledge of Lucie B. Amundsen, an author whose voice is as earthy as a chicken run, as goofy and bright as a pasture-raised egg yolk at sunrise, and as down-to-earth as barn boots in mud. People ask me about chickens, I say, ‘Read Lucie.’”
–Michael Perry, author of Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting

“Locally Laid is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.  With candor, humor, and a distinctly midwestern irreverence, Lucie B. Amundsen chronicles her family’s earnest effort to bring some sanity back to the food system.”
–Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground

“I laughed, cried, and said “Amen” during this roller-coaster pastured poultry farm start-up memoir.Locally Laid is a perfect example of why farm apprenticeships are so important. Seldom will nonfiction keep you from going to bed at night:  Locally Laid will definitely keep you up!”
–Joel Salatin, author of You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise