Must-Watch Gardening Videos For Preppers

Thanks to the internet we have a vast treasure trove of information at our fingertips. If you’re interested in gardening and survival, the following videos are eye-opening and helpful enough to warrant gathering together in one gigantic post.

Not all of these are directly related to survival gardening; some are more about thinking through how we garden, what we grow and where our food ultimately comes from. However, they’re all useful to store away in your mind as we face future uncertainty and strive to create resilient food production systems at home.

Now go make a lot of popcorn, ’cause here’s a list of my favorite gardening videos.

Forest Gardening With Robert Hart

Robert Hart was a pioneer of food forest design. In this interview we get to see his impressive forest garden and see the potential in this method. Watch for the weird appearance of his psychotherapist.

Grow Biointensive: A Beginner’s Guide

John Jeavons is one of my go-to guys on gardening. I’ve recommended his book “Grow More Vegetables” many times and I’ve also watched through his YouTube series on Biointensive gardening on multiple occasions. The following video is just part 1, so make sure you dig deeper and check out the complete series. You’ll learn double-digging, transplanting, grain threshing, etc., all tailored to a backyard gardening scale.

Back To Eden

The Back To Eden film is a fascinating and encouraging look at how one man’s faith and observational skills led him to create a garden in an arid climate that thrives without irrigation or fertilization. The privacy settings on the film prevent it from being directly embedded here, so click on through to check it out.

Establishing a Food Forest The Permaculture Way

This is a must-watch presentation by Geoff Lawton. Though the first part of the film is just a whiteboard talk on design, keep watching. Later on, Geoff takes you through food forests of various ages. The incredible bounty will blow your mind and you’ll be racing off to design your own food forest. I’ve seen this film many times and still find things I missed.

In Grave Danger Of Falling Food

This film with permaculture founder Bill Mollison looks at the shaky state of the world food supply, plus gives us a look at what can be done to fight back and reclaim our own properties and turn them into abundant gardens. Yes, the graphics are hokey… and the permaculture “rap” near the end is somewhat hilarious… but overall, this is an important film that may change your thinking on modern farming.

Global Gardener Series

In this series of four presentations, we rejoin Bill Mollison for a look at how permaculture design works in varying climates. Lots of good inspiration here.

Food, Inc.

If you think Tyson chicken tastes like #$%@, there’s a reason for that. Food, Inc. goes behind the scenes of Big Agriculture and exposes its horrifying underbelly. If you don’t have a garden, this will make you want to plant one YESTERDAY!

Bonus: this version has embedded Spanish subtitles so you can learn words like “fecal contamination” and “listeria” en espanol!

Forest Man

To end this series of films on an up note, this short documentary will lighten your heart and steel your resolve to keep pressing forward with your gardening and prepping projects. Even in the face of poverty, erosion and indifference… this guy planted a huge forest. Very cool.

Any great gardening videos you think I missed? Leave me a note in the comments.

About David The Good

David The Good is a naturalist, author and hard-core gardener who has grown his own food since 1984. At age five, he sprouted a bean in a Dixie cup of soil and caught the gardening bug. Soon after, his dad built an 8’ by 8’ plot for him and David hasn’t stopped growing since. David is the author of four books, writes a regular column for The Ag Mag in North Central Florida, is a Mother Earth News blogger and has also written for outlets including Backwoods Home, Survival Blog and Self-Reliance Magazine. You can find his books on Amazon here. David is a Christian, an artist, a husband, a father of seven, a cigar-smoker and an unrepentant economics junkie who now lives somewhere near the equator on a productive cocoa farm. Visit his daily gardening and survival blog here: The Survival Gardener And for lots more gardening info, click here and subscribe to his often hilarious YouTube channel.

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3 Responses to “Must-Watch Gardening Videos For Preppers”

  1. Rebecca Says:

    Forest man is an exceptional story & video. This one I have to say, I haven’t seen before and appreciate the ability to view it. Thank you Chet!


  2. Shelagh Drew Says:

    I live in the BC mountains at about 3900 ft. our growing season is about 4 months, this year we had 1 very cold night in early Sept. that killed every plant in the garden and on my deck as well even though they were covered. That aside do you know of any more videos that deal with my type of climate? Thank you very much for your time.


    • David Goodman Says:

      You’re in a tough place, Shelagh – but all is not lost. Look up Sepp Holzer. His farm in the Alps is basically doing the impossible. Hunt down books and videos for serious cold-climate gardening inspiration. I’d also visit and search through the forums and ask advice.


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