In this era, not many people are exposed to where their food comes from. But at the Locally Laid Egg Company they are bringing back the green tradition to the dairy isle. Jason Amundsen says its not just a green option, but a healthier one as well.
Jason Amundsen is the owner of the Locally Laid Egg Company and he tells me, "The chickens are actually exercising and foraging on pasture. By having a chicken move you'll get less fat and cholesterol and by having that forage in the chickens diet that nutrition goes into the egg and there's just no factory that can replicate what we do."
Livestock can be a determent to the environment, but Jason has made it his goal to work with his land and the creatures clucking around it.
"Yes, what we try to do here is manage the pasture in a way that the chickens eat it down and you'll see a lot of barren spots, and then we move the fence. And by moving the fence it allows the pasture that's been expelled or used up to regrow, and gives the chickens fresh forage." said Amundsen.
Amundsen even took a sustainable step further to rebuild the environment as well.
Amundsen said, "From its very inception what we try to do is put the environment as part of our business model. So for every delivery we plant a tree and if a customer buys my eggs and returns the egg carton, we'll take the value of that egg carton and put it towards planting trees."
Amundsen recently received a grant from the State of Minnesota Agriculture Department to further his green agricultural business in an effort to boost the states livestock sector.
Charlie Poster, the Assistant Commissioner Dept. of Agriculture was there to tell me, "This is exactly the kind of agriculture we want to encourage. At the Minnesota department of Agriculture we believe diversity is our strength. We have operations of all size, shape and form around the state. And we're not here to pick from one or another, but encourage all livestock around the state. So this is a great diversification of Minnesota Agriculture."
Amundsen has 2–thousand–8–hundred egg laying hens. The eggs are shipped to Duluth and the Twin Cities to local grocery stores and restaurants. He says he is getting so many requests for his eggs that he can't keep up with demand and hopes the grant will help expand his business.
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