Even if you’re just thinking about embarking into the urban-farm lifestyle, there’s one idea you absolutely must embrace from the get-go: Shit’s not going to be perfect. You’ll learn that quickly if you watch one of the many urban-farming web series popping up on the Internet. Using digital platforms, like YouTube and Vimeo, real-life urban farmers are bearing it all in an effort to help more people get started in growing their own food and living more sustainably. If you’re eager to get your hands dirty but aren’t sure where to start, here are a couple web-based shows you simply must watch.
Launched in May 2015, this web series follows around Erin, aka the Dirty Girl (@DirtyGirlWeb), who wants to teach her son where real food comes from. Each week she’ll bring you a new episode (with some extras thrown in) so you can follow along in her garden successes and frustrations—spoiler alert: she goes head-to-head with an out-of-control broccoli plant—and interviews other urban farmers around her home city of Ontario, Canada.
This multi-media project will provide shows, how-to materials and forums to help urban farmers get connected to the people and information they need to get their own farming projects started. Funded via an Indiegogo campaign, The Urban Homesteader is still in its infancy stage, but the producers of the show are working on getting the episodes aired on PBS.