If you’re anything like me, you like to gather as much information about a topic before committing or forming an opinion.
You like to be in the know.
In my opinion, changing your career and lifestyle is one of those decisions that require a lot of information BEFORE you take the plunge.
Great sources of information are books, of course, these are what we read before we started our market garden.
Another great option for obtaining information is the Tube, or YouTube, as it is commonly referred to as.
My husband and I have watched tons of YouTubers and their videos on all aspects of small-scale farming, homesteading, etc. You can never be too informed, amiright?
In our opinion, these are the top 10 Youtubers to watch before you start a market garden.
In no particular order:
Curtis Stone is all about urban farming. He owns a commercial urban farm in Kelowna, BC. He has been on YouTube for 7 years and has a ton of content.
Curtis covers a variety of topics including:
- Profitable crops
- Urban farming
- Regenerative farming
- Field design
Even if you don’t plan on farming in the city, Curtis is a great resource. He is all about how to grow veggies for profit, which is good to know if you’re making a living from market farming.
If you want a glimpse into what homesteading life is like with a family of 4, you will definitely want to check out Justin Rhodes. He has interesting content, like 100 days of growing food challenge, how they built a 10-acre homestead in a year and just general good information about homestead farming in general.
Other topics include:
- Growing food
He posts quite frequently, so there is a lot of content to watch. Not every video is dedicated to market farming but if you’re interested in homesteading as well, check out Justin’s channel for great advice.
Conor Crickmore is a pretty easy going guy with lots of valuable information to share about small-scale farming.
He describes his channel as ‘Farmertainment- easy going, fun to watch, instructional farming and gardening videos. Like a cooking show but with a farmer.’
- Gardening basics
- Weed control
- Hoop houses
Conor’s videos are typically short and to the point. He has a lot of valuable information for beginner and seasoned market farmers alike.
Josh’s mission is to educate and promote sustainable farming practices in order to help people grow more food at home.
Josh runs his own market garden, as well he re-built one that was a bit neglected, so he has tons of experience.
He also travels around to other farms so we can learn what practices other farmers are using that are helpful to both new and seasoned market farmers.
- Seasonal growing
He has so many topics on his channel, it’s impossible to list them all! Check out Josh’s channel for great information from not just him, but other farmers as well.
Richard runs Europe’s leading Regenerative Agriculture farm and training center, located in Sweden. Their focus is on regenerating landscape, ecosystem processes, and soils. Their secondary function is to educate and empower people into action through regenerative design, enterprise, and holistic decision-making. Wow, that’s a mouthful!
- Interviews with farmers
- No-dig gardening
- Starting a farm from scratch
- Farm animals
- Regenerative farming
- Seasonal farming
Richard is all about connecting people and sharing information. You get a wealth of information not only from Richard’s farm but from other farms as well. You can never have too much of a good thing!
Moreno has a ton of experience in market gardening. He helps new farmers successfully transition from their current jobs into making a good living on a small-scale farm. Sounds pretty spot-on, right?
- Essential start-up tools
- Direct seeding
- Day in the life’s
- Step by step tutorials
Definitely check out Moreno’s channel for valuable information on starting a market farm.
No surprise here, Jesse’s channel is all about no-till market farming.
He has great videos on all sorts of market garden topics, including:
- Weed control
- Lettuce growing
- High tunnels
- Beginner farming
He has a ton of information on all kinds of topics when starting and running a no-till farm. If you can’t get enough video content, you can check out Jesse’s podcast here as well.
Learn about regenerative farming, market gardening, and a lot of DIY with Stephen Cornet. Stephen has awesome, informative content that will only help you out.
- Learn to grow food
- Soil building
Give Nature’s Always Right a view or two, and you will quickly see how valuable this channel is to new farmers, as well as seasoned ones.
Honey Tree Farms is owned by Casey and Tori, who operates a market garden on their property. I personally enjoy this channel because Casey is filled with useful information and I learn something from pretty much every video I watch.
- Starting a market garden
- Four season gardening
Be sure to check out Honey Tree Farms for awesome tips and tricks for growing veggies in your market garden.
Roots and Refuge are all about a big homesteading family in Arkansas. Jess is really down to earth and her personality makes this channel an easy watch.
- Garden tours
- High tunnel builds
Check out these YouTubers for lots of useful information on growing food and everything else that goes along with homesteading.
Watching videos from this list of great youtube content creators should get you PUMPED to start your own market garden.
If these YouTubers do not excite you, that may be a blessing in disguise and you can focus your energy elsewhere and not waste your time starting something you do not absolutely love.
At any rate, I hope this list of YouTubers has helped you out and you enjoy their content. We have found the information invaluable.
What YouTubers do you watch and why? Let us know in the comments below.
Kathy & Jon
your friendly neighbourhood growers