This guide is for homesteaders, gardeners, creators, healthy-livers, homemakers, farmers, do-it-yourselfers, sustainability enthusiast (ers), and anyone that dreams of being one of these “-ers.”
Below you will find online resources like guides to local farms and co-ops, the best gardening books, recommended homesteading blogs, and where to shop for all your homesteading needs.
Local Harvest – find the closest organic farm, farmers market, or other suppliers of local products.
Eat Well Guide – similar to Local Harvest; search for a variety of stores, farmers, co-ops, organizations and other sustainably-minded local folk.
Better World Shopper Guide – see how some of your favorite companies & products rank in the topics of human rights, the environment, animal protection, community involvement, and social justice.
Garden Planner – lay out your garden plan online and choose from lots of veggies, fruits, and even buildings to add in to create a visual of how your garden will look.
Vegetable Growing Guide – the Old Farmer’s Almanac shares this plant-by-plant resource of commonly-grown vegetables. In it you will find the USDA Hardiness Zone each plant does well in, what kind of soil it likes, sun exposure, and other pertinent growing details.
Homesteader Hub – THE place for homesteaders to connect with other homesteaders, livestock breeders, feed mills, certified kitchens, and more to foster community and learning.
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Natural Building/Renewable Energy
Mountain Rose Herbs – For high-quality herbal supplies from teas to bulk organic herbs & spices to basically any ingredient you need to make your own natural products.
zulily – This online shopping hub may not look very homesteader-friendly at first glance. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find deals on gardening supplies, kitchen gadgets, organic clothing & snacks, and other goods for the natural life at a fraction of the typical cost. You may not hit the jackpot right away, but check back every couple of days and they refresh their inventory with new brands from Juil shoes to Synergy Organic Clothing to Burts Bees Baby and even Carhartt!
Johnny’s – One of my favorite sources for organic seeds, Johnny’s also has some of the best farming tools – from stirrup hoes to row cover to natural pest management materials, it’s an organic farmer’s best friend.
Green Polka Dot Box – Join this buying club that gives access to healthy, non-GMO products at great deals. It features organic food, natural body products, and even things for your pets!
Vitacost – Offers wonderful deals on overstock natural goods including supplements, shampoo, food, and essential oils.
Amazon – Amazon is actually a wonderful resource for homesteading tools – from canning supplies, to gardening tools
Craigslist – I’m pretty sure this is a well-known resource. But in case you haven’t heard of Craigslist, it’s like an online classifieds that includes listings for local job opportunities, used items for sale, real estate for sale or rent, and even potentially the future love of your life.
Freecycle – Like Craigslist but everything featured is free! People share things on here that they would otherwise put on their curb like old furniture, random car parts, etc. There are some great finds on here depending on where you live.