Homesteading and Market Gardening With Guest Jason Smith

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 122 – May 12, 2019 – Homesteading and Market Gardening With Guest Jason Smith



On this podcast episode I’m joined by Homesteader and Market Gardener Jason Smith to talk about his homesteading journey and a little about the ins and outs of establishing and running a market garden.




Homestead Updates:

  • Planted 2 different varieties of elderberries on the homestead that I purchased from Stark Brothers Nursery.
  • Got my wine cap mushroom spawn in from Field and Forest.
  • Ordered some tilapia for the aquaponics system from Lakeway Tilapia.
  • Building a more appropriate arbor for the grapes.



Main Topic: 

Homesteading and Market Gardening With Guest Jason Smith


Jason, his wife Megan and daughter have been homesteading for a number of years and run an on farm market that sells to local restaurants in the Nashville area. They raise vegetables year around using unheated greenhouses and on farm inputs to create better soil, and also have laying hens they use for eggs. They can food, heat their house using a wood stove and have become very thrifty over the years. They have a very successful homestead but it didn’t happen overnight. It’s had its challenges and they love sharing their experiences so other folks can benefit from it and want to share and inspire folks to homestead.


We Discuss:

  • Jason’s journey into homesteading.
  • Growing year round in a four season climate.
  • Starting and expanding his market garden.
  • Using chickens on the homestead.
  • Homesteading for better health as well as a business.
  • Building a hoophouse.
  • Building mobile vegetable washing stations.
  • Building a walk in cooler with a coolbot.




Jason’s Farm Website –

Jason’s Blog –

Jason’s Youtube Channel –


Also mentioned in the podcast:

Coolbot Website –

Curtis Stone –



Homestead Recipe Of The Week:

This week’s recipe comes in from Darcey for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.


Send In Your Favorite Homestead Recipe:

If you would like to send in an audio recording of some of your favorite homestead recipes I would love to add one each week to the podcast.

Here is how you might do that. Most cell phones usually have a recording app installed that you could use.

Example Format might be:
This is (name) from (website or Facebook page or homestead name) and a recipe I like and want to share with you today is …

Try and keep the recording between 1 to 5 minutes and it doesn’t have to be perfect.

When you’re done recording and satisfied with how it sounds just email it to me at and I will add it to a future episode.

If you have a website or Facebook page for your homestead I will also add a link in the shownotes.



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Show Notes For This Episode Can Be Found At:



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Been listening to you for years now, Harold. Love hearing about you and your family and all the wonderful things you've been doing on your homestead. God bless.


This is one of my favorite podcasts! I look forward to getting each new episode and really appreciate the balance it has between inspiration and practical advice. The topics cover such a wide range of homesteading areas that there is something for everyone - no matter where you are in your homesteading journey.

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I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.
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I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.

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