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Please join me in welcoming Justin Rhodes, author of The Rooted Life: Cultivating Health and Wholeness Through Growing Your Own Food




Read the book review here!




Justin will be hanging out in the forums until this Friday answering questions and sharing his experiences with you all.

At the end of the week, we'll make a drawing for 4 lucky winners to win a copy of his book! From now until Friday, all new posts in the Homestead forum are eligible to win.

To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email. Higher quality posts are weighed more highly than posts that just say, "I want this book!"

When the four winners are selected, they will be announced in this thread and their email address will be sent to the publisher, and the publisher will sort out the delivery details with the winners.


Please remember that we favour perennial discussion.  The threads you start will last beyond the event.  You don't need to use Justin's name to get his attention. We like these threads to be accessible to everyone, and some people may not post their experiences if the thread is directed to the author alone.


Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the book, but please say "Hi!" to Justin and make him feel welcome!
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Welcome Justin!! Your videos have been a huge blessing to me and my homesteading adventure over the years, even though our setups and locations are very different. Thank you for what you do!
 
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Welcome Justin!   I've enjoyed and followed your videos for a while.   Hi to the family!   Nice to see you here.
 
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Hi Justin, I really enjoyed your bus tour videos, so many great farms and farmers that you visited and shared with us!
 
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Hi Justin,
Big fan here. I found you through your Great American Farm Tour, and regularly watch your videos and follow you on youtube. I'm getting my kids hooked watching the farm tour as well. I haven't got your book yet, but its on my list to get :)
 
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Thanks EVERYONE for all the support! We made is to #45 overall on Amazon sales. Hopefully reaching the masses with this regenerative way of life!
 
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Welcome to the forum, Justin!

It is great to have you join us here.

I am looking forward to all the replies and comments.
 
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Yes I answer questions on Abundance + as well as here.
 
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Welcome Justin!!

Looking forward to the conversations and reading your book!
 
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Welcome! I'm a big fan of your YouTube channel. Thank you for everything you do.

I actually just got chickens again and I'm about to dive into mixing my own feed. I was wondering if the mix you make has changed and if you still favor the same breed (I think it was Australorps)?
 
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Morning Justin from here in windy Wales, UK. Your open source plans for portable chicken houses are one of the finest gifts out there. thaanks for sharing your experience. Enjoy your PErmies week
 
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Hi Justin.
My husband and I have enjoyed your videos.
I was just reading the excerpt of your book on Amazon.
I find it interesting that you write that one of the main reasons you turned to growing your own food was to save money on food bills (because your wife wanted organic)
I always wish I could make this financially worthwhile but I find I spend SO much on my permaculture passion. I am a garbage picker from way back and we get lots of stuff for free, but even so - tools, soil additions, materials, saplings of exotic permie trees, workshops, fascinating books like yours!!!
we just built a little chicken run and there was fencing, posts, hinges, netting...
I don't begrudge it because I LOVE doing this, but it definitely seems to be more of a hobby and not something that saves me money.
Perhaps it's because I'm in the city and don't have space to really scale.
So I was surprised that in the intro to  your book you emphasized the money saving aspect so much.
Can  you explain?
Am I doing it wrong?
Or do I just have to wait more years and the costs will lessen while the yield increases? (my little urban food forest is only 2 years old)
Was there something that you did or that happened that changed the game for you in terms of financial worthwhile-ness?
I appreciate your thoughts!
 
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Hi Justin, my family and I are so inspired by you. We were so grateful to shake your hand, listen to you talk and see your beautiful family at the Homesteaders of America in VA this past fall! You also inspired us to buy a homestead in NC last year! Thanks so much for all the inspiration You are amazing!
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I would echo what 'Bloomah' wrote.  The initial start up costs can be daunting.  When starting from scratch and you have a blank slate with no infrastructure,  that is a lot.  Gardeners and growers understand that their investment will bear fruit after several years of care and patience. It is tough to wait though.

The local university or state extension offices sometimes have programs where they give away native trees and plants for free.  This helps cut down costs and is good for the local ecosystem.  Responsible wild harvesting can help grow the plant bank too.

Justin Rhodes tells a good story.  That is one reason his work is enjoyable to read and listen to.  Good storytelling makes learning more memorable.  Thanks! And keep it up.  
 
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Welcome Justin!
When you were here, (Montana), on your Great American Farm Tour we wanted to meet you, but it didn't work out.  But you and your family have brought much joy and knowledge to my wife and I.
 
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Hi, Justin! You're a huge inspiration for me. The 1% improvement rule is such a helpful concept. Love your videos.
Are you going to start that food forest sometime soon?
 
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As a homesteader with chronic conditions, I’m constantly inspired by your courage in sharing your struggles and impressed by your family as they support you and the homestead in general, when you are unable to do so. I think our society has moved away from that way of life and it is reflected in many sad statistics. Best of luck with your new book!
 
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Hi Justin, welcome to Permies! I'm one of your Abundance+ peeps. I look forward to reading what you have to say and someday getting your book.
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Hi Justin. Welcome here. I followed your videos as a subscriber for some years. Now I still watch them now and then. The most interesting part I considered your Great American Farm Tour. Especially when you visited people with smaller gardens, like mine ...
 
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Welcome Justin,

I enjoy your helpful video's
We had a bit of snow so I took time to create some paths for the chickens


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Hi Justin. I'm new to 'Permies' as well. This is my first post! I'm trying to take all this in at once. 😆
I bought an old neglected farm with lots of land for my retirement and want to be as self-sufficient as possible.
So far I've collected the most amazing pile of heirloom seeds (I hope they're still viable when I'm ready to plant!) so it would seem your book is right up my alley. Looking forward to checking it out.

 
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Hello Justin, I'm enjoying listening to your podcasts on Audible. You are such an inspiration for those of us living with chronic pain.. (46yo and I'm not giving up).
New(ish) here. Last post was in 2019.
 
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Hi Justin and family, and fellow permies. I wanted to share a little story with you all.

After running a small wilderstead in remote Yukon for years, I bought land on the east coast, but things went very badly for my family internally. So we lost the land, and moved back to Yukon where I was shortly hit by a truck, and with a traumatic brain injury, the need to learn to walk and talk and do normal things independently again- and now as a single mother of five-, trying to function was all I could do. Then four yrs ago I bought a house in a little town further south with the settlement money for my injuries, since I could (slowly) climb stairs finally. Here, I began the heartbreaking process of giving up on homesteading that I have had deeply within my awareness since I was a 7 yr old city-dwelling girl.

I've continued to watch videos, many many of the Rhodes family  :) and have at times participated here if I could, but I've always stopped when I felt too sad. In the interim years, my big learning project has been hellenistic astrology, which I could do, without having the continual learning process involved in permaculture- I've been cognitively limited, but have healed significantly even in that way, and suddenly. Very recently, I had a big epiphany, huge. In the last two yrs, due to adding in yet another supplement to my diet that shocked me with how much it healed me- huge gains in a very short time- I woke up at sunrise and shot straight up in my bed with a whole new comprehension of my purpose and what I know I'm built for.

I saw that I must not give up on permaculture and homesteading, and the epiphany included that all of my five children have strong indications in their birth promises of homesteading, that it is not just about me not being able to do it, being without a husband or partner to work together (and no social circle in a new place), but about my children and their future children. I raced to my chart binder to verify what had come to me- I do not memorise charts; I'm not able yet, so I had to look. I have been looking at their charts though for yrs and never saw this very strong and now obvious correlation- all of them, and me. So loss of permaculture in my life led me to learning ancient astrology and astrology led me back to permaculture! And now although I am very behind, and no longer have land, I will not look back. Not ever. God speaks to us in whatever way we'll hear.

Thank you, Rhodes family, for holding the torch when some of us could not. Six more have come home (if only in our hearts and minds, so far).
 
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Welcome! It is good to see you here!
 
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I'm so excited to get my hands on this book!
 
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Welcome Justin! Heard about you through Jess and her partnership with you to make Wilder Still on Abundance plus. There’s some fascinating vids on there, like the pig butchering ones, that would be hard to find elsewhere.

Good luck with your book, I’m sure it’ll do really well 😊🌱
 
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One of my favorite jobs around permies is to announce winners, and here they are!

Congratulations!!

Ore Green
Kathleen Nelson
Jt Lamb
Susan Boyce


We will be providing the publisher with your email addresses. Please keep an eye on your inboxes so they can coordinate the shipping of your books!

For those bummed that they didn't win, here's a handy-dandy link to purchase Justin's book!

 
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Congratulations winners!

I felt a bit like a little kid checking each day to see if I had won...and a bit bummed I didn't! Told my hubby, then continued to go about my day, only to find out that he instantly went and ordered the book for me :D Very much looking forward to reading it once it arrives!!
 
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