We’re a Northland family running a mission-based farm in Wrenshall, Minnesota. For us, it’s about getting people Real Food to local folks, while treating livestock and the planet well in the process.
Plus we have a funny name.
Locally Laid aims to change the way eggs are produced in America – big words from a little chicken, but we’re plucky.
In the past two years, we’ve partnered with farmers in Henriette, MN; Kalona, IA and Middlebury, IN. This gets more eggs to market from hens who exercise, seasonally forage and engage in instinctual behaviors year round.
Our company was named Runner Up out of 15,000 small businesses in the Small Business Big Game contest sponsored by Intuit, makers of Quickbooks and second-place in their division of the Minnesota Cup. (We apparently enjoy being the Underchicken.)
Jason Amundsen, Locally Laid’s Head Clucker, started with a backyard flock – also known as gateway livestock. This inspired a passion for poultry knowledge ranging from Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma to the many books of environmentalist farmer Joel Salatin.
At our Whole Foods Co-op, Jason saw there were no eggs from our immediate region. Truly, there was a need for a closer -to-home producer. Jason was mentored by the fine folks at the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association , University of Minnesota Duluth Center for Economic Development and Springfield Farm in Maryland. Thus, Locally Laid was hatched.
His wife, Lucie Amundsen, is the farm’s Marketing Chick. She’s also a writer,speaker (and reluctant farmer) who is frantically finishing a narrative nonfiction about Locally Laid. It will be published by Hudson Street Press, an imprint of Penguin in spring 2016.
And though the couple’s two children claim they’re “worked down to little nubs,” they’re not to be believed.