Free Videos and Webinars for Beginning Farmers and Gardeners

As a farmer-in-training, I’m always on the look out for great resources on the web. And while you can learn a lot about organic food production by reading, you can learn even more from watching people actually do it.

Which explains why I’m in love with any site that offers free video tutorials or seminars on organic farming and gardening. Here are some of my favorites:

  • The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA): This site offers free, interactive “webinars” on everything from organic apple production to biodiesel production. You can watch archived videos or, if you register for an upcoming webinar, you can watch the video in real-time and then participate in a question and answer session at the end of the webinar.
  • Practical Farmers of Iowa: This site is similar to ATTRA above. It offers free, interactive “farminars” on a wide variety of topics. I recently participated in a seminar on organic production of cucumbers and squash and found it really helpful.
  • Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA): Scroll down OEFFA’s home page to check out archives of their specialty crop webinars, or subscribe to their direct mailing list to get notifications of upcoming webinars. I’m excited to see part three of their series on weed management strategies later this morning (I’m dying to ask how to manage our pesky thistle problem)!
  • GrowOrganic’s Channel on YouTube: This channel is produced by Peaceful Valley Farm Supply, a popular organic gardening store. The channel offers videos on basic gardening techniques such as spraying fruit trees and starting seeds. Even though the primary purpose of the videos is to plug Peaceful Valley products, I find them pretty informative. For instance, even though I’d read several book chapters on pruning fruit trees, I couldn’t visualize the task until I watched a video on the topic.ย  I don’t even mind the product plugs that much because Peaceful Valley sells some pretty cool stuff.

If you have a favorite source for online tutorials on gardening and farming that’s not mentioned here, please share it as a comment!

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