YouTube is a fantastic resource for homesteaders. I can honestly say we never would’ve made it without some of the fantastic people on YouTube. The videos there can serve as inspiration or as a tutorial. It’s one of the reasons that I want to start a blog and, hopefully soon, start a YouTube channel. I’d like to give back in the same way that helped us so immensely.
So, to start, here are my top 5 YouTube Channels:
Rob Bob’s Backyard Farming & Aquaponics
This channel is my go-to. He has a little bit everything: traditional soil beds, container gardening, wicking beds and aquaponics. His videos are straightforward and lighthearted, regardless of whether he’s delving deep into a topic or giving a regular tour of what’s going on around his property. A pleasant bonus for folks in the USA: Rob’s based in Australia. So when we’re in the middle of winter, dreaming of gardening, his property is in full swing. On a cold winter’s day, I truly enjoy watching him putter in his garden. An extra-extra bonus: despite being in Australia, and firmly being in the land of metric measurements, he will often provide measurement and temperature conversions in his video so you don’t have to.
One Yard Revolution
Patrick’s videos are excellent for beginner gardeners and anyone looking to understate how to move away from chemical fertilizers and more towards natural gardening. One of my favorite things about his channel is he’s really into fact-based gardening. Many of his videos disprove common garden myths or popular new techniques. He discusses techniques that work based on his own, or other people’s, trials and tests.
An American Homestead
This is another channel with a bit of everything: gardening, livestock, food preservation and off-grid living. In the past they stuck to a seasonal format but lately they’ve done more individual vlog-type videos. The production value is very high and the information is always solid. They do things at a larger scale than I ever will but it’s still quite inspirational and there’s a ton to learn from.
I only recently stumbled onto this fellow’s channel but it’s become a fast favorite. He raises all kinds of poultry (including quail), has gardens and an orchard. He also seems to dabble in alternate energy although I don’t know how often he talks about it on the channel. I really enjoy his channel because it’s the same type of small-scale homestead that I’m aiming for. I imagine, and hope, that my property will look very similar to his in a few more years.
This is another recent find. This channel has a mix of permaculture, gardening and chicken videos. The underlying theme for a lot of it is frugal living or self-sufficiency. I gather they run a farm/nursery and that’s where the bulk of their income comes from so they tend to try and make do with bartering or salvaged supplies. I’ve gotten a lot of good frugal ideas from them and ways to build up our homestead for cheap.
There are lots of other great YouTube channels but I really think these are my favorites at this point in time. I highly encourage anyone interested in gardening, homesteading or animal husbandry to checkout YouTube!