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The Top Homesteading Sites on the Internet

Updated on February 14, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Take a break and check out some of these links.
Take a break and check out some of these links.

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 Communities

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 Sites

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.


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      Tyler Tobin 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You provide great information on homesteading, keep up the great hubs!

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      iluvceleb 7 years ago

      H.E.N. seems to be a good site. It is sad to know that it wasn't active anymore.. Now, I learn something about homesteading after reading your article. Thanks for sharing

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      Kendra at New Life On A Homestead 8 years ago

      Check out my blog, It's full of all kinds of great homesteading stories and lessons learned from our adventures in becoming more self sufficient! Hope to see ya there :)

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      Kelle 9 years ago

      Does anyone know why HEN closed down? As a busy homesteader I didn't check in often enough and now I'm sorry they shut down.

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      D.X. Logan 9 years ago

      FYI, the HEN forums closed down just a few days ago.

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      Merriams 9 years ago

      More sites and yahoo groups are going up all the time. As society grows ever more complex and impersonal, more people are yearning for simpler times, me included.

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      Thomas 9 years ago

      Here is a new site about sustainable living and homesteading.

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      sandih 10 years ago

      Heh, he can some and split up some kindling for me!!--or the grass can use it's first cutting for the year--or there are a couple of pieces of flashing that need to be replaced so the birds will quit building nests in the insulation--or.....

      Great page, I've really enjoyed the video and learned a lot of good sites to check out.

      Thanks for putting this up.

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      Jennifer 10 years ago

      Great info! I have always wanted to homestead, but my husband does not. I do what I can in the city on 3/4 of an acre. It is better than nothing!