An educational film on raising chickens WITH nature, from hatching to the plate! Featuring Joel Salatin, Pat Foreman, Jim Adkins and Justin Rhodes!
There are significant rewards starting at the $1 level, a micro documentary for only $5 and the film itself is only $15 for the download and $25 for the DVD (That's 40% off for Kickstarters)! See the rewards here.
This permaculture community means a lot to me, so I'm making sure you among the 1st to know about this Kickstarter. Plus! Paul, Cassie and myself have worked up quite a bit of "Candy" for Permies.com (see below)!
What motivated me to do this?
I’ll never forget Geoff Lawton’s final speech at his PDC in July 2014. He literally jumped over an invisible line as he told us about his leap from “safe and secure” conventional income streams to making a right livelihood through permaculture. He then challenged us to do the same.
Here I am getting my PDC from Geoff at Zaytuna farm!
I’ve jumped over the line! Inspired by Geoff, Paul, Diego, Olivier, Spirko, Salatin and many others I’ve put all my “eggs into one basket” working hard to produce the world’s 1st premier movie on raising chickens naturally from a permaculture angle. I believe chickens are the gateway to self sustainability and there weren't any great instructional films out there. After more than 3 months of prep work, and consulting with Paul and others, I'm launching this thing!
Here's the film contents:
- Joel Salatin on why permaculture chickens.
- Easily get started with your 1st flock.
- Creative feeding programs sourced onsite to cut costs up to 100%.
- Feed on compost, sprouts, wild foods, worms, tree crops, garden…
- Lessen your work load by using chickens in the garden.
- Appropriate housing options for coop’s and mobile shelters.
- Using technology, like electric netting, to easily manage your birds.
- Work with nature to maximize yields while minimizing inputs.
- Humanely butcher and preserving for food security.
- Preparing delicious dishes.
- Making a right livelihood with profitable farmer, Joel Salatin.
- Follow the pro's on large scale chicken chores at Polyface Farms.
- See the city chick operations in Pat Forman’s back yard.
- Minimizing health concerns with good management.
- Breeding your own for 100% self sustainability with Jim Adkins.
- Hatching chicks with mother hen to easily raise your own.
- Adjust to winter and summer extremes to maximize production.
Here's what chicken dinner looks like from my homestead!
Help me reach my goals and I'm giving Permies.com thank you "candy" for your support!
I've already listed Permies.com on our Kickstarter page.
I'm added permies.com links to our website
If we reach our goal I will mention Permies.com in a Kickstarter update.
I will also include the following, "this film is made possible by the permaculture goof balls at Permies.com" in the film credits.
Hopefully more fun candy to come!
Here's what some very familiar faces are saying!
We've already filmed the winter management piece!
In that film chapter alone I talk about keeping water warm, sourcing your own live winter feeds, appropriate housing and how to keep chickens productive during the winter (hint... it's not artificial lighting).
Help me and my family bring the change we all want to see in this world!
Backed! LOVE this kickstarter. The video was so well done. I love the little intro part where you realize you don't have eggs and then go get them from the coop. So cute. And so appealing to SO many people! Good luck Justin!
Love the concept, however, I had to turn the video off after the scene with frying the eggs and bacon. I have a hearing issue. The music sound track was too loud, so that I couldn't clearly out the words. While this is not a problem for most people, it was a problem for me. Please be sure that the video can reach everyone.
Love it! We've been doing our chickens for about a year now, and will be starting our pastured poultry this year! So good to see a movie getting made about raising chickens the permaculture way! Way to go Justin! Loved the kick starter clip! Can't wait!
Backed! Can't wait for September!! Gosh, I love this site!
posted 4 years ago
Thanks for the encouragement everyone! We just made the top of the popular list in our category at Kickstarter! That means a lot of people could get exposed to Permaculture (and chickens)! Help keep us on top! Kickstarter counts backers, not $ amounts. So even a $1 backer helps!
Jan, I'm sorry to hear that about your hearing. I've made the contents of the film available at only $1. I know it's not exciting as film, but in our $1 "Essentials PDF" you'll get all the articles that form the basis of the film.
Drayton, YES, if you opt for the $15 download you'll get everything at the lower levels too!
Justin, Dude, your morning routine in the video is eerily similar to mine, down to bacon and eggs in the cast iron, the north face jacket and ditching the rubber boots at the door.
My wife saw that video and just started laughing, "that's so you..."
I've had a small flock for about a year and am about to receive a shipment of pullets for a couple tractors I plan on running this year. I'm learning as I go but this video is very timely for my personal situation.
Pledged. You have a beautiful family and best of luck with the Kickstarter.
The first rule of permaculture is you don't talk about permaculture
This looks so good! I'm in! Can't wait for the video. I'm working on switching to Icelandic chickens this year - aiming for a more sustainable flock, and this information will be a great addition to that effort!
I'm getting HUGE support so far from the permaculture community! Hopefully we can also reach some chicken and homestead folks who haven't heard of permaculture yet. We've got our 1st news story schedule for tomorrow on a HUGE backyard chicken blog, "Fresh Eggs Daily"! We're talking half a million FB fans!
YES! Thanks for sharing on FB! All the shares we can get, the better. Any pledge helps. Just $1 helps us stay on top of the Kickstarter most popular. Kickstarter has brought in 15% of the sales so far! And, much of that is due to our popularity rating on their site (thanks to you guys)!
I can't seem to contribute - It keeps saying that my credit card is rejected even though I called my credit card company and they aren't even being notified. Anyone else having trouble with Kickstarter today?
posted 4 years ago
Kevin, that's terrible. May I suggest you try at a different time or with a different browser. That's all I know to suggest. Has anyone else had any problems?
posted 4 years ago
What! What! We're #2 on Kickstarter's most popular in the film and video section!!!
Plus, when I went to the Kickstarters page "Discover" look what I saw on the very 1st page!
A big thanks to Permies.com and the permaculture community for your swift support! Let's cross our fingers and say our prayers. Maybe we'll make the impossible, possible and get on the "Projects we love" email that Kickstarter sends out to their email list!
I get their email's and the one film that is ahead of us made it! So maybe they'll take notice of us!
Even gifts of $1 help us stay on top of the most popular list!
Glad to see this happening. I backed it although I use my "Wardog" alias on Kickstarter. it is still my permies email - and I used the link on permies to get there, but I like the premise. I'll be sharing with others.
I got an email last night from Kickstarter. We got "Kickstarter staff pick"! I believe that means we'll stay on the "what's popular" and "news and noteworthy" categories! I also get to put this nifty badge on my Thumbnail to hopefully attract more attention from the general public!
I've been thinking of chickens for a while. Last week I attended a daylong session on processing chickens sponsored by the TN Center for Profitable Agriculture. Good info on how to keep the birds clean the birds during processing. But their business plan showed that you would have to work for free because the feed cost so much (they also included erecting a small building and a used truck).
This is much more like it - information on the full life cycle and information from the experts. It took me about 5 minutes after watching the video to sign up. I'm sure I will have a flock before I get the video.
PS - Justin, Keep the kick starter updates coming.
Rezoned to 7b
posted 4 years ago
Hey Larry! Yes, feed costs are getting VERY expensive, especially organic! Organic feed here is $34 for a 50 pound bag. Plus, it's not sustainable and it doesn't seem that oil prices are going to drop over the long haul.
I did an experiment one summer where I grew some birds out for meat (heritage black austrolorps). I fed one group commercial grain all the way through and the other group I freeranged from day #1. The heritage breeds take longer to grow out, but they can actually forage and reproduce themselves. I grew out the birds for only 67 cents a pound on a freerange system! I only fed grain the first 8 weeks of their lives. Believe it or not, they actually weighed out heavier than the grain fed birds. I was blown away. Given the chance, the birds will show you what they really want to eat (bugs, other proteins, greens, seeds)!
Dear Justin, I don't know if in the film there will be something like what I am about to ask but otherwise you could answer here, for your permies.com fans and think about saying something about this in the film.
My question is how did you start? I mean I guess before taking the PDC with Geoff you already had some background in homesteading. whats you story? maybe it's not important for the film script but I'd like to know more about your story. How'd you start? I could be of some thrust for many of us that are just getting in this permaworld, like little chicks out of the eggs.
You seem such a great and calm person happy with your life, I hope to get there, I mean I'm happy, but get where I can do what I love and not what I am obbliged to do by society, work, work work for a monthly pay. there's no romance in that and I like to hear the stories fo those that live in romance.
Maybe somewhere you have already written all this if yes just give us the link.
thanks for your great idea, the greatness is in the response you're having. I think your film will be the 2015 break in permaculture films like last year the permaculture orchard was. these very practicle specific, thematic films are usefull for all of us.
Great questions Lorenzo! I’ll go into my story a little bit in the film, but I’ll elaborate here for my buds!
Grandpa bought this 75 acre farm for $500! The year was 1932. He busted his butt making $50 a month to pay off the homestead in just 2 year!
My Dad bought the farm from Grandpa, but forsook the farm work and became very successful selling orthodontic equipment. I currently work for him, part time, to make ends meet! Thankfully, my dad loved the land enough to keep it. Out of 6 kids, I’m the only one who has a passion for this place. So now, I live here, and stand to inherit it. WOOHOOO! Although, I dread the day my dad will die. Here’s a shot of the abandoned farm with a bear in it!
I got my 1st “real” job when I was 16, working at Wal-mart. After 6 weeks of bad hours, low pay and boredom, I quit and started my own business mowing grass. From there, I’ve sold firewood, bred St. Bernard dogs and became a professional mountain boarder (selling online in the late 90’s with AOL dial up! That was before Facebook, Kickstarter and the like). Here I am with some of my St. Bernard puppies!
Here’s a commercial contest I was in from my “glory” days mountainboarding:
After the mountainboarding days, in 2006, God got a hold of our hearts and turned us towards aid work. We set off to Honduras to work in an orphanage of 400 kids, with only 15 staff. It was there that I was first exposed to farming. On day #2, I was put in charge of 12 boys and 1,200 one day old chicks! I didn’t speak 5 words of Spanish and knew NOTHING about raising chickens. I was forced to learn both, fast! It was a very conventional operation, but none the less, I fell for farming.
No lie, in 2007 someone just randomly asked us if we wanted some chickens. We said, “sure”. A couple of days later we’re driving home, proud owners of 4 hens we affectionately named Uno, Dos, Tres and Cuatro, in honor of our experience in Honduras.
That night, Tres and Cuatro escaped as I was working in the coop. I turned my back for a second and then next thing I knew they were gone. I ran out to see if I could find them. Nope. They were gone forever. We got some “sisters” for Uno and Dos and we’ve improved ever since.
In 2008 a mentor gave me Joel Salatin’s book, “Salad Bar Beef”. If Joel ever had a “poster child”, I’m it. I did exactly what that book said, even if I did only have one cow! After that, it was his book, “pastured poultry”, then I discovered and implemented a lot of Harvey Ussury’s stuff from “Small Scale Poultry”. That was our launch into the sustainable farming and chickens. I have learned a lot, including how to sustain the flock without much (if any) outside input. I am still a student, ever learning and evolving. Here I am with my salad bar "family cows"!
As for the romance of our story behind "Permaculture Chickens", it’s more of an adventure. In the summer of 2012 I began a major struggle with Lyme disease. Before this disease, we were doing well living frugally and growing a lot of own resources off the land. The debilitation spiked our bills (Dr’s, medicines, herbs) and lowered my ability to physically work.
I found permaculture out of an effort to be more efficient with my farm. I invested in the PDC with Geoff because I knew I’d have to find a different way to provide for my family than long days of physical work. I thought I’d be a designer. However, I quickly realized that wasn’t for me. The "Permaculture Chickens" project is about 80% computer work and 20% physical. See... here I am hard at work:
Funny you mention "Permaculture Orchard". Geoff showed us that film one evening, and I was totally impressed. I didn’t know it then, but that film set the stage for the quality of work that is going into "Permaculture Chickens". In fact, Olivier was the 1st person I asked to be the videographer. He couldn’t do the project because he’ll be at home (in France) this summer.
In Geoff’s final speech, he challenged us to stop straddling the line between safe conventional livelihood and to jump on into a permaculture right livelihood. I was inspired.
I will quickly admit, I am not THE best Chicken keeper in the world, BUT I am better than most! Plus! I’ve lined up 4 mega experts to help cover the basis! Here’s a picture of one of my latest projects: "The Chicken Run on Steroids". My chickens thrived all summer on compost and food scraps!
The “Permaculture Chickens” project is more of an adventure than a romance for us because we’re “putting all our eggs into one basket” so to speak. This will be a different kind of livelihood than we’re used to. I’m trying to transition into work that is less demanding physically (films, teaching, blogging), but is still good for the sustainable food movement. I’m putting all I’ve got left in regards to time, money and energy into this project. I believe it’s a great thing, and has outstanding potential to better our world!
thank you Justin really, this is what I wanted to know, it's not that I wanted to get into your life, be nosy, but one thing permaculture has taughted me is that we have to search even a different contact with people. There are very many ways of backing projects and sometimes we just click even jsut for one dollar automatically, I like to think things, dive deep. I must say your video on the kickstarter was so good I didn't think much and just backed it, but I really always want to know whats behind.
I guess the fact I'm starting the PDC with Geoff and knowing you did it as well just made me really curious, set me thinking so it is real, one can change..
I mean the big ones in permaculture seem so distant and well I sort of don't even ask how they got there. I mean Salatin, is Salatin. I struggle with money every month, thinking do I buy a used tractor don't I, how much money will it take, how much do I really want to start this project, does my family want to sacrifice the next 5 years trying, etc., and seeing someone my age that has done the path is very important.
In Italy we use this expression for meaning we want to let a person know he is important when we say goodbye or meet: ti abbraccio forte, I hug you strongly, don't know how to transalte it in the best way. I hug you and your family, I may never meet you in person but I'm happy to virtually feel you as a friend, you're going to make it with the kickstarter
Thank you for sharing
When I read Cassie's message on Paul's daily-ish email, I could not get to the link fast enough to throw some money to your effort, Justin. I'm currently reading Harvey Ussery's book now, and planning to do a run of chickens this spring/summer. I'm planning to do a straight run of 25 red broiler chicks for meat production, and also 25 Wyandottes to cull out all the cockerels except 1 and keep all the hens as an egg-laying flock. I'm very committed to raising my chickens as much along permaculture/holistic guidelines as possible -- to include a variation of Geoff's Chicken Tractor on Steroids for the Wyandottes.
My only complaint is that your film won't be ready until this fall, which means that I have to proceed this year without the benefit of watching it first. Alas, I guess I'll just have to make do with Harvey's book and the many articles I've gleaned from Mother Earth News, Backwoods Home, and Countryside over the past few years....
Best of luck in your efforts. I'll definitely do what I can to hype it among the few permies I know in my neck of the woods.
Lorenzo! Your post is touching and VERY encouraging! I hope we make our goal, just for you man!
Your right, Christopher, the film won't be out till the fall. However, if you back us at any level you'll be added to our email list. I'll be sending out tons of written material before the film launch! I know, I know, it's not as powerful or as entertaining as film, but it should help.
I got some news! "Fresh Eggs Daily", a backyard chicken blogger, has wrote a blog about the project AND she just sent it out to her 17,000 plus email list! It just went out this morning at 8am, and has already increased our backers!
Cassie, the "permaculture goof balls" are at $4,226! We're getting close the $5,000 goal!
We're also very close to 50%! Keep up the good work guys!