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Old 06-16-2016, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default 'Locally Laid': A Humorous Memoir To Cure You Of Farming Fantasies

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/...farm-fantasies


Jason and Lucie Amundsen on their farm in in Wrenshall, Minn.
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If one has to sell a crazy idea, why not over beer and salsa? That's exactly what Jason Amundsen did four years ago at a Mexican restaurant in Duluth, Minn., when he announced to his wife, Lucie, that he wanted to give up his job and sell eggs.

At the time, Jason was a grant writer for a local hospital; Lucie was a freelance journalist. They had two school-age children to raise and a mortgage to pay. What they knew about chickens could fit in an eggcup with room to spare.

But here was Jason, going into raptures over eggs.
The rest at NPR.

I should order this. It sounds hilarious.

One thing about this though is not funny.
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Of all the many mistakes these newbie farmers made, their biggest, says Jason, was in not understanding the regulatory environment.
This varies widely from state to state, but it's a nearly insurmountable problem in most of them.
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My grandparents on my father's side had a chicken farm. They had 14 kids (11 lived). They all worked really hard, my dad wouldn't talk much about his childhood. My grandma was a tough woman, picture Ma Kettle.

The farm is no longer a chicken farm, but it is still up and running as a farm. It will be about ninety years old now. I wish I could have inherited it, but I would have about 60 relatives ahead of me.
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Today, Locally Laid — along with its seven partner farms in Iowa and Minnesota — sells approximately 38,000 dozen eggs a month. The sense of achievement is enormous. But four years of toil and stress have taken their toll.

"When Jason jokes that the farm was his midlife crisis and it was either that or have an affair," writes Lucie wryly, "I find myself wondering which would have been more difficult on our family
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