Homesteading is an incredible hobby or way of life, but it can also be a beautiful way of fellowship with people aspiring to the same lifestyle. Depending on where you live, you may not have many local homesteaders, or perhaps you’d just like to branch out.
Social media has done an excellent job providing us with opportunities for connecting with similar communities all over the world. If you’d like to connect with like-minded folks, read along to find out our top picks for Facebook groups for the hobbyist or avid homesteader.
Below we’ll discuss various Facebook groups based on the shared interest.
Homesteading Facebook Groups in General
Here, we will discover some of my top picks for groups that cover the general blanket of homesteading. You may not be able to get really deep with one specific topic, but general animal care, basic gardening, and beginner canning topics are all welcome in these groups.
1. The Schoolhouse Life with Lacey + Drew
Oh boy, talk about a group for a little bit of everything! Drew and Lacey host free, informational webinars on anything from essential oils, to chickens, to canning and so much more.
You can ask about homeschooling, sheep, or anything homestead related and get answers from a group of nearly 900 members who are here to learn and teach whenever possible.
2. Small Farm, Sustainability & Homestead Living
This group covers the broad blanket of homesteading with questions, advice, and community-centered around small farm living. Food preserving, animal care, and gardening are all hot topics in this group and it’s the perfect place to come with basic inquiries for homestead living!
3. Homestead Homemaking for Christian Women and Friends
For women of the Christian faith, this group is the perfect place to come for community, support, and advice alike. You can share questions and encouragement with an uplifting group of over 7,000 women that are happy to build relationships and offer an inviting place to ask questions without judgment.
In such a large group, you’re certain to have someone to answer any kind of question for a homesteader.
4. Friends of Roots and Refuge Farm
You may have heard of Roots and Refuge, the popular YouTube channel starring Jessica Sowards and her beautiful farm.
Friends of Roots and Refuge Farm is a Facebook group with over 30k members all there to share information and learn from each other and Jessica Sowards. This group is perfect for all things homesteading from goats to tomatoes.
5. Small Acreage Sustainability & Homestead Living
Even if you live on a half-acre plot in the middle of the city, you can still make something out of it. This homestead living group will share insight on topics such as container gardening, small livestock management, and homestead recipes.
You don’t have to live on 25-acres in the country to dream and start making steps towards sustainability wherever you can.
Sustainability & Conservation Facebook Groups
These groups are perfect for conversation around in-depth topics for the homesteader taking bigger strides towards sustainability.
Learning to work with the elements is an incredibly helpful skill and these communities of people will help you do just that.
6. Off-Grid Wilderness Living Solar, Wind, and Hydro Power
Many homesteaders yearn for self-sufficiency to the point of being able to go off the grid with their own power. There are many options to explore and discuss, so check out this group with over 5k members for any off-grid living questions you may have!
7. Water Conservation
An important part of sustainability is watching your water usage and modifying your plan to conserve as much as possible.
This helpful Facebook group will share useful information on small steps you can take to slowly make the shift towards being as water-conscious as possible.
Livestock Care and Processing
Of course, a huge part of homesteading is your livestock and there is certainly a lot to learn surrounding our animals. You can find Facebook groups in your area for livestock trades, but these groups cover specific animals for all your basic livestock needs.
8. BYC (BackYardChickens)
If you’re interested in all things chickens, join the group of 180k members to ask all your feathered questions or share some advice of your own. From chicken keeper wannabes to seasoned experts, BYC has it all.
The Facebook group was founded by the popular online forum, backyardchickens.com, which is full of reputable resources and members to answer questions for any feathered fowl.
9. Keeping a Family Cow
Whether you’re considering adding a cow to the homestead or you’ve had one for years, this is the group for all our bovine inclined readers.
The Keeping a Family Cow community is warm and welcoming and you just might make some lifelong friends while looking for some cattle talk! In fact, my mother met her best friend of 9 years on Keeping a Family Cow when she joined for advice on our Jersey cow.
10. Backyard Pigs
Backyard Pigs has over 7k members and is an excellent place to go for any and all pig questions.
Whether it is about parasites, diet, illness, butchering, and birth, every possible pig topic is covered. Feel free to share photos of your own pigs and enjoy the conversation with other pig owners.
11. Goat Tips & Tricks
Goats are a blast, but let’s be honest…they are a bit of a handful. We know that we could use all the support, tips, and tricks we can get when it comes to those sweet but not so innocent faces.
Join the community of seasoned goat keepers and make friends while learning all you need to know about goats.
12. Beekeeping Basics
Bees are a much easier homestead addition than most living beings. They don’t have to be managed daily, but when they do need to be managed, it’s a bit of an ordeal.
Beekeeping Basics is a wonderful community of beekeepers to help you plan for and work your way through the beautiful beginnings of beekeeping.
13. Backyard Poultry Incubation
Stepping into hatching your own poultry is an exciting step for any homesteader. Despite its excitement, incubating is full of trials and errors that are sure to exasperate anyone at times.
This supportive group will help to troubleshoot and get the best hatch rates every single time. Backyard Poultry Incubation is the perfect place to ask any poultry incubation questions from chickens to guineas.
14. Backyard Meat Rabbits
Meat Rabbits are another animal that can be kept with limited space and make an excellent gateway livestock animal.
15. Backyard Butchery for Homesteads and Sustainability
Unless you’re a vegetarian homesteader, butchery will no doubt be a part of your homesteading journey. There’s so much to learn when it comes to butchering animals and making sure to get the best cuts of meat while minimizing your waste.
You’ll want to join this group of over 30k butchering experts and enthusiasts to get firsthand advice on how to go about your meat processing.
Gardening & Composting Facebook Groups
Sometimes it turns out that gardening isn’t as simple as putting seeds in the ground and waiting for it to bear its fruits. If you have questions, these are perfect groups to come to with all your garden questions.
For those simply looking to connect with other green thumbs, you’ll love the community in these groups.
16. Beginner Gardening, Composting, and Worm Farming
Gardening, composting and worm farming are all topics that go hand in hand for any homesteader. This group of over 64k members is here to learn from each other and share helpful information on all things gardening and composting.
You can join to start out your operation, ask questions about your setup, or share your own knowledge for beginners.
17. Herb Gardening for Beginner Gardeners
Of course, no homestead would be complete without an herb garden! What else will you season your homegrown vegetables with? If a herb garden is on your to-do list and you aren’t sure how to go about it, jump in this group with over 11k members to learn everything you need to know about your herb garden.
Even if you’ve had a herb garden for years and have a specific question, or want to share your sage words of wisdom, this is the group for you.
18. Heirloom Gardening and Seed Saving
You have gardening, and then you have heirloom gardening, both of which have their own unique characteristics.
This Facebook group gets you started with the old fashioned way of gardening and saving the fruits of your efforts for years to come.
Food Preservation & Homestead Cooking
At the end of the day, the fruits of all your labor will come into the kitchen and it’s up to you to prepare and preserve it. You won’t want to let a bit of all your hard-earned food go to waste, so join these fantastic groups for home-cooked recipes and preservation techniques.
19. Homestead Recipes & Heritage Cooking
Run by one of my very favorite homestead influencers of all time, you can’t miss Jill Winger’s group all about cooking from scratch on the homestead.
Just like most things in life, cooking is an ever-evolving skill that you can’t know too much. There’s certainly an art to cooking from scratch using farm-fresh ingredients. Homestead Recipes & Heritage Cooking is the perfect place to learn everything you need to know.
20. Canning, Freezing, Dehydrating, Food Preserving, and Homesteading
Most homesteaders have a strong desire to preserve their excess bounty for the winter months ahead. Most vegetables only produce a short window and you’ll have to know the best way to preserve them for enjoyment year-round!
This food preservation group is perfect for covering all different methods of food preservation so you can choose what suits you best.
These days, social media can be a bit of a warzone, but hopefully, our selection of best Facebook groups will provide you with a peaceful escape.
Grab a cup of coffee and join these groups for enriching conversations about some of your favorite topics on the farm!