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Abundance Plus Review 2023: The Best Homesteading App?

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There’s a reason why there’s an explosion of people wanting to live off of the land and even going off-grid.

For example, take a look at this graph from Google Trends for searches including “find land”.

Google Trends Find Land

Here’s another one for “off grid”.

Google Trends of off grid

Between the cost of living, inflation, and a falling job market, the world is becoming more unpredictable. But there is good news.

I’m meeting new people every day who are taking daily steps (sometimes strides) to get their self-sufficient lifestyle and grow their own food. Not to mention the perks of better-tasting food and being immersed in nature.

This is why I spent the last 3 years studying and getting my Permaculture Design Certificate.

If you’re like me, you’re itching to at least get a bit more self-sufficient in case times get even weirder. Maybe it’s growing fruit trees, raising chickens, or making sauerkraut (my new favorite thing btw).

But where do we start learning about these skills and others? While there are pieces of information out there, it’s difficult to find a complete place where we can learn directly from the experts and ask them questions.

Abundance+

abundance plus

Abundance+ is an app created by expert homesteaders to inspire, teach, and help its members grow food. It has over 400 videos, masterclasses with names like Joel Salatin, an active community, a marketplace, discounts on homesteading supplies, and much more. New content, courses, and creators are added daily.

After watching Justin Rhode’s YouTube videos, I tried out his app, Abundance+, in July, 2021.

Long story short, the app is inspiring, entertaining, and extremely helpful, so I’ve been using it daily to get my homesteading fix and ideas.

What you’ll find inside Abundance+

  • Over 400 videos
  • Masterclasses (Joel Salatin, Brandon Sheard, The Doughertys, and more)
  • Courses
  • An Active Community
  • Marketplace
  • Discounts
  • Text Access to Experts (more on this later)
  • And More

The newest additions to Abundance+ are experts Shawn and Beth Dougherty who have been farming since the 1980s and grow 90% of their own food.

Here are some of the skills I’ve picked up from Abundance+

  • Grow a food forest
  • Find affordable land
  • Plant raised beds
  • Ferment foods
  • Raise chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, and other livestock

Granted, I need to apply more of what I’ve learned on the land, but I now have the knowledge and confidence to start these skills, and can refer back to the videos and courses whenever I need.

Plus, I have the A+ community with over 14,000 other homesteaders that I can ask for help.

Abundance Plus community
The Abundance+ Community app.
Abundance Plus groups
Some of the community groups I’m in.
Abundance Plus marketplace
The new Abundance+ marketplace (Comfrey is killing the popularity contest this year)!

True story, I found a permaculture farm near me (through the Abundance+ community) and they needed help for part of a day. I drove down there and helped them for a few hours. As a gift, they gave me the best-tasting chicken and pork. I’m going back soon to get my Thanksgiving turkey.

Pros

Hundreds of Exclusive Videos

At the time of writing, Abundance+ has 400+ videos.

Since they managed to gather the top homesteading YouTubers out there, Abundance+ has hundreds of exclusive, ad-free videos and courses. With the large backlog and daily videos getting added, you won’t run out of things to watch.

Abundance Plus video podcasts
The video podcasts are easily my favorite part of the app. I get so much value by listening to the good, the bad, and the ugly from other homesteaders.

You can also comment under the videos, adding to the conversation and connecting with other homesteaders.

No Censorship

Censorship is something that’s affecting a lot of content creators lately, and homesteaders aren’t excluded.

You may be thinking that censorship may be limited to livestock butchering, but it’s quickly expanding to other videos such as showing a calf’s birth.

Because of this, Abundance+ offers uncensored videos (including livestock harvesting) as resources for homesteaders to learn.

However, if you aren’t interested in the more graphic videos, you can easily avoid them. These videos are usually accompanied by a note with “uncensored” in all caps in the video title.

To see more about Justin’s experience with video censorship, check out the video below.

High-Quality Experience

So much investment is going into this app, in both time and money. You can tell just how much Justin and the homesteading community care about creating a quality place for homesteaders to share their experiences and knowledge.

I believe I heard the app costs $30,000 a year to maintain, so it’s a risky move for them, but one that’s quickly becoming a valuable resource for homesteaders.

The Abundance+ team is also constantly adding new creators, features, and improvements to the app.

For example, they launched a separate community app (included in the membership), which they accurately described as “Facebook, but without Facebook”.

They’ve also started a marketplace for homesteaders to buy and sell their goods.

Cons

Occasional Errors (Fixed)

screenshot of Abundance Plus error

*Update: I haven’t experienced an app error in the past few months.

Sometimes, I’ll try to play a video but get an error instead.

To be fair, this error likely isn’t Abundance Plus’ fault, but likely the service that hosts them—Uscreen.

While this can be slightly annoying, I found that closing the Abundance+ app and reopening the app quickly fixes it. If you’re on an iPhone you can do this by swiping up on the app while in the app menu.

However, these hiccups seem to be happening less often, so it looks like they’re working on fixing it.

Rewinding (Mostly Fixed)

*Update: The app now has a rewind feature when double-tapping the left side of the screen, but it still doesn’t work when the button overlay comes up.

Rewinding is the biggest con for me.

While it’s easy to fast-forward in the Abundance+ video player (you can either drag the dot in the player bar or double-tap anywhere on the screen for a quick 10-second fast-forward), it’s difficult to rewind the video.

A quick fix for this would be to change the double-tap on the left half of the screen to rewind instead of fast-forwarding.

However, this isn’t too big of an inconvenience and doesn’t prevent me in the least bit from watching the videos or using the app.

Cost

MembershipMonthly PlanYearly Plan
Basic$14.99$139 (save $40.88)
Premium$29$279 (save $69)

Get 10% off Abundance+ by using the code: TYLER10

There are two main memberships, Basic and Premium. While Basic gets you the majority of Abundance+, Premium includes texting access to homesteading mentors and bi-monthly live webinars where you get to ask your homesteading questions to the experts.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s included in the Basic and Premium memberships.

Basic MembershipPremium Membership
Ad-free Vlogs and DocumentariesAd-free Vlogs and Documentaries
Permaculture Pigs CoursePermaculture Pigs Course
Permaculture Chickens FilmPermaculture Chickens Film
Learning Library of 400+ VideosLearning Library of 400+ Videos
MasterclassesMasterclasses
Private Community and MarketplacePrivate Community and Marketplace
Discounts to Homesteading CompaniesDiscounts to Homesteading Companies
Texting Access to Experts and Mentors
Bi-Monthly Live Webinars

As one of the main benefits, Premium and Lifetime members can text any gardening and homesteading questions to experts, including:

  • Justin Rhodes (Homesteader of over 15 years and Certified Permaculture Designer)
  • Casey Ostwinch (Master Gardener)
  • Claire (Sheep and Goat Expert)
  • Cliff Davis (Pig Specialist)
  • Mike Dickson (Duck Expert)

Depending on your homesteading obstacles, having Justin and other pros a text away could make a decent investment (especially for $29 a month).

abundance plus mentors
Abundance+ Mentors. Image Source: Abundanceplus.com

There’s also a Lifetime membership for $1200. While it’s a high cost, looking at the price of the yearly Premium plan, the Lifetime membership would pay itself off in 4.3 years.

However, with a similar price to Netflix, it can seem like the pricing for Abundance+ is a bit of a stretch. So, is Abundance+ worth the cost?

Final Verdict (Is Abundance+ Worth It?)

If you’re an aspiring or current homesteader, Abundance+ is definitely worth it. Its videos, courses, podcasts, community, marketplace, and more easily pay for themselves.

Even the videos alone have given me so much value that I stopped going on YouTube.

This is because Abundance+ doesn’t have ads and their videos are packed with practical information from people who are actually doing it.

Just by watching what other homesteaders are doing (and not doing), I’ve learned so much. Avoiding these mistakes is easily saving me way more than the cost of the app.

Every day at lunchtime, I pull my phone out and open Abundance+ to get my daily dose of homesteading tips, laughs, and inspiration, and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.


Side note, I actually met Justin Rhodes in person and he’s the real deal. I spent the day on his homestead helping him with farm chores and learned what to do (and what not to do). You can tell how much care he’s put into the A+ app.

photo of me in a group with Justin Rhodes
Me (second from the left) and the rest of our group that helped out Justin Rhodes on his homestead in September 2021.

Does Abundance+ Have a Discount or Coupon Code?

I reached out to the Abundance+ team and they were more than happy to provide readers on Couch to Homestead with a 10% discount (even for the Lifetime membership!). Save up to $80 by using the code TYLER10 (valid for a limited time).

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift, Abundance+ also offers gift cards.