I may have become a bit addicted to YouTube. It all started when I googled “chicken laying an egg” to show Nolan. From there I went down a bit of a rabbit hole and have found a few channels that I watch daily (or whenever they post). For the most part, I watch gardening or homesteading channels. Here are my favorites and/or the most useful ones.
Art and Bri live in the Asheville area of North Carolina (I’m definitely jealous). They have about 25 acres with chickens, ducks, pigs, goats, a milking cow and gardens. I love this channel because they’re just very genuine, real people. Art is a nurse and Bri stays home with their 4 (soon to be 5) homeschooled kids. I support Art & Bri’s channel through a $5.00 Patreon donation because I figure…I pay for other types of entertainment, why not help support my favorite YouTube channel?
Justin Rhodes and his family also live outside of Asheville and homeschool. In fact, Art & Bri used to live next door to Justin’s family before moving to their homestead. Justin’s channel is probably one of the most successful and popular homesteading channels on YouTube. Justin aims for a permaculture approach to his homestead and offers classes and a paid membership area to his website. There he provides additional videos and more instructional type information. I do pay for this membership area ($8.00/mo) because 1) I want to support them as they work hard on their channel and 2) it allows me to be a part of their Facebook group where I can exchange ideas with like-minded people.
Justin and his family just got back from a 10 month tour of all 50 states – the Great American Farm Tour as they called it. They visited farms and sights along the way and now that they’re back home they’re getting in the swing of things on the homestead and implementing what they’ve learned. I’d say the vlog is still a bit in transition and right now they’re on a 2 week break for Justin to work on editing the full documentary of the tour. I’m looking forward to mid-April (after the premiere of the documentary) as they really return their vlog focus to the homestead.
I enjoy Danelle’s videos because she’s doing it all on 1 acre. She’s lucky enough to live in an unusual neighborhood that is zoned in a way that allows her to have sheep, goats and chickens.
She has a couple of very nice gardens, as well, but because she is in the Phoenix, AZ area, her methods don’t necessarily translate for me. Her videos are light and fun for the most part and I appreciate her no fuss approach to the homesteading aspects of their life.
Patara from Appalachia Homestead has taken a lot of her more educational videos over to Patreon. But, she still posts worthwhile stuff occasionally and you can always refer back to her earlier videos.
All of the channels above have gardening videos, but the ones below are pretty much exclusively gardening.
Luke from MiGardener has tons of how-to videos. At times he can be a bit…passionate (and he says stunning A LOT), but if you’re looking for some help getting started with gardening or a new crop, he’s probably got a video for you. He also runs a seed store by the same name (migardener). All his seeds are .99 and they’re non-GMO heirloom varieties. I’ve ordered from him before and he also carries a custom fertilizer of his own design called Trifecta that I’ve used and it gets rave reviews.
Kim also has a lot of instructional videos and she even has a series she does in partnership with MiGardener. In the series she shows from seed to harvest, how she grows 10 plants in MiGardeners’ $10 garden kit (10 popular, beginner vegetables and herbs).
She lives in California so her climate is very different than mine (as is MiGardener’s, he’s in Michigan), but she still has many valuable videos.
I was super excited when I found this channel because they originally started vlogging while living only about 30 minutes from me. Unfortunately for me they recently moved to Florida. Nevertheless, they still have a lot of super helpful videos that match my climate.
Hollis also does a really great job of explaining how and why he’s doing things. I look forward to seeing what they do with their new homestead in Florida as they had previously been doing urban gardening on a small lot with no animals.
MhpGardener is another channel that is only about an hour from me. Unfortunately he hasn’t been posting much the last couple of years, but there are plenty of videos in his archives to get your started.
I definitely have other channels I watch, but these are my favorites and/or the ones I think would be the most educational.
Let me know what your favorites are!