Justin Butts is a farmer, radio show host, and food writer. Kayla Butts is a licensed dietician, a home chef, and Culinary Editor of THE BEND Magazine. They live off the land at their home in Rockport, TX.
Justin built Four String Farm on raw forestland. He started with a 35 acre stretch of thick forest in an isolated, semi-arid coastal desert. Working by himself, using methods practiced by pioneer farmers of 200 years ago, he carved a niche of domesticity from this wilderness and made a successful business out of it. Wild plants and animals continue to thrive around and within the cultivated land.
Justin has traveled the world, studying farming, climbing mountains, hiking jungles and deserts, and trekking for weeks at a time through remote regions of India, Europe, and North America. He has survived as a solo climber in some of the most treacherous and beautiful landscapes in the world, re-supplying with ingenuity from farms, rural outposts, and native families along the way.
He became interested in nutrition while “ultralight backpacking”, hiking 20 to 30 miles per day for days or weeks at a time, crossing hundreds of miles of remote rugged country on foot. On long distance treks, where the body must perform at peak levels through every type of stress, good nutrition is critical. Good nutrition is the daily focus of his farm business.
Justin worked in the corporate world for Coca-Cola North America, where he managed a variety of national food service accounts and also helped capture the Subway global restaurant chain, and convert 15,000 Subway stores from Pepsi to Coke. He is one of the few people in the history of Coca-Cola to help build a global account team from scratch.
Justin served on a machine gun team and as unit armorer in 2nd Ranger Battalion, in Ft. Lewis, WA. He attended Texas State, where he was elected student body president, and he graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M—Corpus Christi.