The Top Homesteading Sites on the Internet
Homesteaders Can Feel Isolated
Homesteading is somewhat a solitary activity by the sheer definition of it. When, in the 1970s people were heading into the wild and woolly backwoods of Canada, Alaska, and Montana, they accepted that their lives would be dangerous, lonely, and independent. This is what the whole point was, after all. Self dependence. Man against the environment. Man against himself. Ooorah.
Now, of course, it is slightly different. With technology a homesteader can link up with others of like mind and communicate through the magic of the Internet. Need to learn how to butcher, build a wooden hinge, make butter, or plant a garden? Google is at your fingertips.
To some extent the websites are few and far between and a lot of times when they are explored they will be found to have been abandoned months before due to low posting, or just not very helpful. Homesteaders, as a group, don't have time to chat. Much.
Here are several sites that I found helpful, up to date (at least at this writing) and interesting. Some specialize in Homesteading chat, some in information, some in political issues that affect you. Some were chosen for the supplies that they carry. Comment below and link to any other sites that may have been missed. This page is by no means all-inclusive.
Homesteading Today is a website with message boards that cover everything from just need to chat to homeschooling and livestock. This is a close knit community that is friendly and welcoming. You will be sure to have questions answered thoroughly and quickly. The support is excellent.
The Family Homestead has tons of articles and information plus message boards where you can fellowship.
If you are going to homestead and go off grid you have to check out Lehman's It is full of every type of machinery for off grid living and some very cool stuff. This was the type of catalogue that homesteaders in the OLD days used to drool over by the light of their smokey fires.
Need a hand crank flour mill or meat grinder? Get it here. Wood burning cooking stove? They have several. Lye soap, clotheslines, composters...anything that you might need to keep your homestead humming along is but a click away.
Don't forget about Amazon, either. They carry an increasing number of items that are helpful for homesteaders. how-to books, grain grinders, solar panels... it's all there.
Articles and Information
Homestead org. offers lots of information and articles, how-tos, advice and chat boards to keep you connected with other homesteaders.
Urban Homestead is for would be homesteaders that are still living in the suburbs. All the information you need to begin homesteading and a blog to help you keep up with all of the news.
Life Unplugged has articles and ideas for becoming self sufficient.
Backwoods Home is the online site for the magazine of the same name. Handling money, family issues, farming, everything that has to do with homestead living can be found here.
Home Building is a site with information, maybe all the information, you will need to build a home. Do you need to know about cob? Rammed earth? It is all here.
Last, But Not Least
Tree Hugger is another website to turn to daily. Everything about everything is here with links, forums,articles, how-tos and why nots. Need to know if a company is or is not socially, ethically, and environmentally responsible? Tree hugger is the place to find out. Great research and writing that is trust-worthy and factual.
This site has great images, is very user friendly and loads like a dream. They claim to add over 24 articles a day to their archives and when you look at the amount of information on these pages it is easy to believe.
And of course, Mother Earth News is the ultimate. This magazine has been around a long, long time and probably was found under teenage beds in the 1970s nearly as often as Playboy and Penthouse. The website is as helpful as the magazine and the archives are extensive.
New homesteading sites seem to pop up nearly every week so if you haven't found a website with exactly the information that you need or the type of fellowship that you want -- keep looking! Better yet? Start your own. Someone else is sure to be looking for the same thing.