Social Networks for Gardeners

Gardeners are natural networkers

Social networking and gardening are natural companions. Gardeners are eager to share their knowledge; swap seeds; ask questions; give advice and to dialogue.

The discussions are always passionate, sometimes heated and have been held in forums and on email lists for as long as there has been an Internet.

When the Internet evolved from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0, and social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and more recently Twitter grew, the gardeners where there, exchanging everything from advice to zucchini.

Gardeners abound on these sites and the dialogues have the same passion and fire as they always do when people committed to a pursuit, hobby or obsession, gather.

While gardeners can find one another, which is one of the reasons underlying social networks on sites that attract people with a wide array of interests and activities, there are social network that are created for gardeners and by gardener.

Kitchen Gardeners International is designed for gardeners who grow their own food and who are excited about doing so. Their motto is promoting the local-est food of all, globally. The forums are chock full of great information, easy to use and often accompanied by pictures. Overall the interface is friendly and simple to use.

The idea for Kitchen Gardeners International was planted by founder Roger Doiron and a diverse group of kitchen gardeners who believe that food is central to human well-being and one of the best ways of uniting people of different countries and cultures around a common, positive agenda.

One of my favourite bits is the recipes; I just bookmarked a great recipe for a tomato sandwich that has me eager for my tomatoes to ripen. I have been a member here for some months now and if you grow food, and want to interact with others who do so as well, I suggest you join.

Folia, is not new, but new to me and while it has similar feature that KI does, there are differences as well.

In addition, Folia has a feature that enable you to place a widget on your blog that tracks your plantings. This way you can share what you are growing with others and add value to yoru blog at the same time. Drop by for a visit and I think you will stay.

World Food Garden gives you ability to place your approximate location on a Google map so you can see where you live in relationship to others. It also has all the standard and demanded features for echanging ideas, tips and opinions.

Social networking and gardening are companion activities grow your network and tend your garden.

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Saint John NB community garden, Bob Ewing photo
Saint John NB community garden, Bob Ewing photo

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kerryg 7 years ago from USA

Very cool! I wasn't familiar with all of these sites.

Another one I know of is Freedom Gardens, which is run by the Dervaes family of urban homesteaders:

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for the addition and thanks for dropping by.

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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Bob, this is great. I never thought of joining a gardeners group online as I belong to our neighborhood horticulturists group. I will have to check the KGI out as I'm growing just about all the veggies I and my family needs.

Thanks for sharing

hope you're well kindest regards Zsuzsy

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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick Author

I am well, the weather could be better. There is no group in my community so the online ones are very helpful. Thanks for dropping by.

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OldRoses 4 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

Most online gardening groups are geared toward veggie gardeners. I grow flowers. There are many fewer groups for flower gardeners.

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Bob Ewing 4 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks for this input.

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