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A Story of Chickens and Food Stamps

In 2014, Justin Rhodes flew across the world to attend one of our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses at Zaytuna Farm, home of The Permaculture Research Institute. Two years later, Justin and his wife Rebekah are inspiring others and fueling the Permaculture fire with their film Permaculture Chickens and a Youtube Vlog, 100 Days of Growing Food.

In the video below, their story from illness and financial lows to abundant homesteading has been captured in this micro-documentary by Videofruit.

A fascinating and uplifting journey of self-reliance.

Check out this amazing family!

Story of chickens and foodstamps

About a month ago I got an email from a guy telling me about how he and his wife had created a documentary about chicken farming. It was so random and ‘off the wall’ that I kind of dismissed it at first.

But somehow he popped back up on my radar and I dug in more. The more I learned about his story the more awestruck I was. So much so that 3 weeks ago I hired a film crew and we drove out to his farm in Asheville, NC to capture his story.

It really is one the most remarkable stories I’ve ever heard. Enjoy!

Sidenote: We don’t need to “make america great again” by building giant walls between us and our neighbors. What we need is more Justin’s and Rebekah’s! These are the types of people that make a difference, cure diseases and change the world. Be like them.

Posted by Bryan Harris on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Permaculture Research Insitute

PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world. Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.

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