With today’s progress Modern Homesteaders find themselves being both blessed and cursed with modern technology. We now have access to just about any information with just the push of a button or the click of a mouse, while this is a good thing it can be a time consuming thing as well. But if we are going to spend time online we may as well make the most of it. That is why I find myself spending time in homesteading communities, places where I can gain knowledge, be inspired, meet new like minded friends and just sometimes have some fun. So in this post I thought I would share a few of those places with you.
Facebook is where most people are these days and because of that Facebook groups are often very active with a variety of topics and as a result they are a great place to get information and meet homesteaders that share your passions. So my first three recommendations are Facebook groups.
This group has over 30,ooo members and discusses every topic you can imagine and sometimes folks just have some fun. This is the place I find myself spending the most time when I want to just hangout with other homesteaders.
This group has over 7000 members and is very active as well. This has been a great source of information for me and has even spawned a couple friendships.
This group is especially great if your a blogger but even if your not it’s great because you get to see a lot of great blog posts and you get to know some awesome homestead and gardening bloggers. This one is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
I have to admit that at first Reddit seemed a little confusing to me (still does sometimes) but the more I hang out there the more I like it. Reddit has what are called subreddits and these are communities built up around certain topics, so naturally there are some for homesteaders and there a couple I like.
This subreddit has over 5500 readers and contributors and gives you access to some great information and conversation through comments.
This is another great one. Now that I think about it I like this one better than the other one. This subreddit has over 39000 readers and is very active and loaded with helpful information.
There are a bunch of great homesteading communities on Google + and it’s easy to follow many at a time but I’ve found a couple that are very active and provide a great community atmosphere.
Here is what they say about the group “Backyard Farming is a community of food growing, garden making, chicken raising, bee keeping enthusiasts who want to see a return to a healthier, more sustainable and locally-focused way of living.” Yep, that’s pretty much what it is.
This vegetable gardening community is for people that want to promote their garden blogs and videos, even if you don’t have anything to promote you should join this community to reap the benefits of seeing all the great content.
This one is a new one to me but I like it. I was recently invited by another homestead blogger to join because evidently you have to be invited, therefore the link I provided is an invite. This is not specifically a homesteading site, it operates somewhat like facebook and twitter combined. Using hashtags in your posts like #homesteading or #gardening connects you to a very active community. This one is worth checking out.
If your a member of linkedin the homesteading 101 group is a great place to hangout. There are over 600 active homesteaders contributing to this group and providing great content.
I don’t hangout here like I use to but this place is loaded with great information on just about any homesteading topic you want to know about. This is a very active community and if you can’t find information on something your looking for than just start a new thread and ask, you will be amazed at the response.
These are just a few places where I find myself hanging out with like minded folks from time to time. Maybe you have some places you like to go online as a homesteader, let us know where that is and perhaps we’ll join you there. Happy Homesteading!