Call me a late adopter, but I've recently discovered the joy of podcasts. With two little ones to keep my eyes on, I don't make much time for watching youtube videos, no matter how useful. But podcasts - those are another story. It's so easy to tune in while I'm doing other things, and I feel like I'm learning something while I'm making dinner, building cardboard castles, or cleaning the kitchen.
Over the last few months, I've checked out a LOT of different homesteading/farming podcasts. There are so many good ones, but a handful have really become my favorites. I gravitate to ones that draw on the experiences of many different experts, in a variety of homesteading-related fields; are inspiring and upbeat; have decent audio so they're easy to hear while doing other tasks; and have an engaging host. Also, since I have a very attentive two year old, no potty mouths allowed. Let's just say that while I was happy to explain the meaning of the word "polyculture" to a curious toddler the other day, defining four-letter words is very much not on my agenda. Here are the ten that have become my favorites this year.
My Top 10 Favorite Homesteading Podcasts of 2016
- Farmer to Farmer
This excellent show will be a staple among my podcast subscriptions for as long as it continues. It features down-to-earth conversations with experienced farmers from across the country, focusing on the "big ideas and practical details" that make a farm successful.
- Digital Homesteading
I particularly value the focus on community with this podcast. Highlighting the voices of a diverse group of "rural world changers", its episodes are filled with strategies and inspiration for building rural business and community. I've especially enjoyed the episode titled, "Fill a Room, Not a List".
- The Permaculture Podcast
I really like that this one is short, and keeps each episode well-focused on a topic. It draws on the knowledge and experience of an extremely wide array of authoritative voices in the permaculture movement, and is a source of so much good information.
- Homesteady - Stories of homesteading, farming, hunting, and fishing
With a focus on sustainability, host Austin Martin explores the wide variety of ways a modern Homesteader can be self-sufficient. While show length varies greatly, they're well-produced, organized, and informative.
- Living Homegrown Podcast with Theresa Lee
Though this one is geared for folks with limited access to land, Theresa's instructive and no-nonsense approach to all manner of skills and know-how will serve any homesteader well. With her engaging personality, and well-chosen guests, this is the show I'd listen to if my Mom were visiting.
- Sustainable World Radio - Ecology and Permaculture Podcast
This podcast keeps its pulse on the goings-on in fields as diverse as ecology, permaculture, organic gardening, sustainability, natural building, regenerative farming and ethnobotany. My favorite episode so far? "How to Create a 'Fruit-Full' Food Forest." (Sept. 3, 2016)
- The Modern Homesteading Podcast
A good solid how-to podcast, Modern Homesteading covers a lot of very practical homestead projects and skills very well. I've found the episode on rainwater catchment systems especially helpful.
- The Survival Mom Radio Network
With a strong prepping flavor, the hosts of these shows are all women, representing a broad spectrum of experience and expertise. A favorite episode of mine is the one on "10 Lost Skills Worth Finding"
- Self-Sufficient Life with Tim Young
This one's brand new, but shows so much promise, I had to include it. Focusing on interviews with homesteaders making self-sufficient incomes in a variety of ways, it's always upbeat and inspiring.
- Mountain Woman Radio
Hosted by off-grid mountain woman, Tammy Trayer, this is another show that's going to be on my subscription list as long as it continues. With a focus on preparedness and self-reliance, and drawing on the wisdom of a strong variety of guests, this one always leaves me feeling like I've just had an inspiring heart-to-heart over coffee in my livingroom.
Those are my current favorites. I'd also love to hear from you! What other homesteading podcasts should I be loading on my iPad? Do you have some favorites that might not be specific to homesteading, but support a self-sufficient life? I'm always looking for new suggestions!