In 2001, the man who would become “Dirt Farmer Jay” and his wife Maggie were living in Arizona, working corporate jobs. When their company transferred them to Utah, they decided to also make a lifestyle change. They bought five acres within commuting distance of work and began building a house and a homestead on it. Now, 14 years later, they have two acres of intense landscaping and Jay has become a Master Gardener, an orchardist working with a variety of fruit trees, blackberries and raspberries, and a small vineyard. He has also built three out-buildings, a well-equipped woodshop, a garden shed, and a tractor barn that houses a compact tractor and the supplies for maintaining their grounds.
And today, Jay busies himself with his Dirt Farmer Jay YouTube channel. On his channel, Jay shares tips, ideas, and words of practical wisdom on gardening, woodworking, food processing, homestead maintenance, and more. We’ve covered his work in the past, like this excellent video he shared on how to store tangle-free power cords.
To give you a taste of some of Jay’s other videos, here are a few more, with great tips for around the house, the workshop, and for hauling tools and materials around in your truck.
Creating Jigs for Cutting Common Lengths
Jay does a lot of woodworking and makes multiples of the same furniture, so he’s made these measuring sticks for common lengths to cut. He cleverly uses large overhanging washers on one end to form a stop for holding the stick in place while scribing off the length.
Tying a Load
Ratchet Strap Short Cut
How to Locate the End of a Tape Roll
How to Reconstitute Wood Putty
These are just a few examples of the videos that Jay has on his channel. He has a whole gardening playlist, so it might be worth subscribing to his channel for next spring. He also has a number of other good woodworking and shop tips videos. It’s really wonderful to see all of the niche areas that makers are producing content in, really well-done and useful amateur tutorials — maker-to-maker, like Dirt Farmer Jay.
What are some of your favorite maker YouTube channels? Please share some of your subscription list in the comments below.