When I first began my journey into modern homesteading, I was like a sponge. I could not get my hands, eyes and ears on enough information to satisfy my appetite for learning. It was around this time that I discovered the wonderful world of podcasts…a brilliant form of media that I had been previously unacquainted with.
If you’re not familiar with podcasts – let me first say, welcome to your new addiction. A podcast is essentially a series of radio-style audio recordings, usually on a specific topic, available entirely free through outlets such as Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. Podcasts exist on literally every topic you could ever imagine – I listen to food and wine podcasts, dog training podcasts, running podcasts, business podcasts, sex and relationships podcasts, and of course – homesteading and gardening podcasts.
Below is a list of my current favourite podcasts related to the topic of homesteading. There are many more available, and even some that aren’t recording anymore, but are still full of great information. I encourage you to use this list as a starting point as you explore the wonderful world of podcasts for yourself – there is an unbelievable amount of information out there.
1. The Modern Homesteading Podcast with Harold Thornbro
This was the very first homesteading podcast I ever listened to, and it holds such a special place in my heart. In fact, this show was my true introduction to modern homesteading, as I was looking for gardening podcasts at the time.
Harold is just your standard, regular guy – he loves his family and his grandkids, he works a regular job, he lives in a regular house in a small town…but what he does in his free time is extraordinary. He experiments in gardening, building, raising small livestock such as meat rabbits and coturnix quail, aquaponics, making his own kombucha, canning…you name it. He is a true inspiration and I’m not sure where he finds time for it all!
On top of all that, Harold is a cancer survivor who attributes much of his recovery to beginning to take responsibility for his health through the food that he was eating. He is a passionate teacher and shares his knowledge generously.
(Check out The Modern Homesteading Podcast)
2. The Beginner’s Garden with Jill McSheehy
Whether you’re a brand new gardener or you’ve been growing your own food for decades, Jill has something to teach you. She breaks down gardening in simple, no-nonsense, easy-to-understand terms for the newbie. When I was planning my first garden two years ago, Jill’s podcast was my bible.
A busy wife and mom, Jill keeps it real. She records less in the summertime when she’s busiest, and I respect her boundaries and self-awareness so much. She also interviews some fascinating guests, and together they answer all of the gardening questions that you never even knew you wanted to ask.
(Check out The Beginner’s Garden Podcast)
3. Encyclopedia Botanica with Hilary Dahl
This podcast is my go-to, nerd-out, in-depth explanation of individual plant species, pests, processes and gardening techniques. Episodes are around half an hour each, and may focus on topics such as JUST potatoes, JUST pollination, or JUST tomato horn worms. It’s a really great way to hone in on one particular garden topic and learn all about it in a simple, easy-to-digest way.
Hilary is a wealth of knowledge based out of Seattle, so she is especially relevant to anyone living in the PNW.
(Check out the Encyclopedia Botanica Podcast)
4. The Joe Gardener Show with Joe Lamp’l
If you’re familiar with the TV show Growing A Greener World, then you’ll recognize Joe Lamp’l as the creator and host. Joe has a very accomplished career in the world of organic gardening and horticulture, and he is a massive wealth of knowledge. On his podcast, he breaks down relevant and seasonal gardening topics, both on his own and through interviewing experts in each field.
The best part about The Joe Gardener Show is the way that Joe and his guests are able to take even the most complicated gardening topics, and translate them into simple language that even the newest gardener is able to understand.
(Check out The Joe Gardener Show)
5. Living Homegrown Podcast with Theresa Loe
Also from Growing A Greener World, but on the production side, Theresa Loe is an urban homesteader living in Los Angeles. Her show is professionally produced and covers a wide variety of topics that help you to – in her words – “live farm fresh without the farm”. These topics include growing your own food, preserving the harvest, and exploring artisan food crafts such as baking your own bread.
Theresa has brought on experts in fermentation, the “locavore” movement, keeping backyard chickens, and more. She is also a canning expert and runs a variety of online courses and academies through her website. I always find something inspiring to take away from Theresa’s show, and she is the sole reason that I finally found the courage to begin my canning journey!
(Check out the Living Homegrown Podcast)
6. The Grow Guide Podcast by Gardens Manitoba
This podcast is especially close to my heart because it is Canadian! Hosted by Sage Garden Greenhouses’ master grower, Dave Hanson, and “rookie grower” Maggie Wysocki, this podcast tackles seasonal garden topics mostly relevant to Manitoba, but really, all Canadians (and northern growers) will love this podcast. The reality is, our season is short, and our conditions can be harsh. Dave and Maggie are full of tips and tricks to help you thrive in our unique northern climate.
Sage Garden Greenhouse also hosts a variety of really cool events in and around Winnipeg, so if you’re in the area, you’ll have even more to gain from this awesome show.
(Check out The Grow Guide Podcast)
7. The Pioneering Today Podcast with Melissa K Norris
Melissa is something of a celebrity in the world of modern homesteading. She runs a huge facebook group, an online academy, and produces her podcast that covers all kinds of fascinating topics. Melissa is passionate about old-fashioned skill sets and wisdom, and dedicates much of her content to things such as natural house cleaners, organic gardening, cooking without electricity, interviewing off-grid homesteaders, cooking in cast iron, and implementing frugality while still maintaining a healthy diet. Let’s just say, you wont find a topic that Melissa hasn’t covered on her podcast or her blog.
At the end of each podcast, Melissa usually spends a few minutes on her “verse of the week” from the bible – which isn’t necessarily my thing, but I almost always glean something from her wisdom nonetheless. I look forward to her episodes every week.
(Check out The Pioneering Today Podcast)
8. The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer
First of all, I have to admit that I definitely don’t consider myself a fly fisherman (fisherworman?) by any stretch of the imagination. I went fly fishing for the first time this summer, and then went out again a few weeks later. I loved it, but I haven’t been making it much of a priority lately. That being said, I have been listening to The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast in my spare time, which has been a massive part of my education on all things Fly Fishing.
The host of the show, Tom, is a friendly, funny, realistic guy who breaks down the ins and outs of fly fishing so that even the most novice (ahem, me) angler can understand what the heck he’s talking about. Fishing – and fly fishing especially – can be incredibly intimidating when you’re first starting out, so I’ve found that learning about terms and techniques when I’m off the water has helped me to build my confidence.
(Check out The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast)
I hope this list provided you with a few podcasts that you haven’t heard of before, and hopefully you’re inspired to give them a try! There’s nothing better than learning something new while you’re stuck in traffic, walking the dog, or cleaning the house – and that’s what I love so much about podcasts. Happy listening!