I stop by The Farm every day, mostly lurking, occasionally contributing. I loved TomFest's description of TF as "the corner pub where I can pull up a stool, open an adult beverage, and have a look around." This site is definitely that - a friendly place with interesting discussion and authentic interaction between people who love TPATH.
That said, I use Facebook a lot. The biggest advantage is that it *seems* like everyone is there; obviously, that's not true. But it is the big player on the scene now and should be taken into consideration. So here's my take on how it might work....
FB pages -business pages- are OK. Posts and comments are public so they are seen by everyone (unless you figure out how to tweak your personal settings.) And posts aren't always seen by all people who have 'liked' the page; this leads to the 'pay to play' philosophy that so many businesses use - they 'boost' a particular post so it is seen by more of the people who 'like' the page. It's nonsense.
However, if Mudcrutch Farm was to move to Facebook, I'd recommend
leaving this site as an archive (?)
Keep the FB page and encourage people to
Join the Mudcrutch Farm group.
Facebook groups are fabulous. If the group is private/secret, an administrator (or administrative team) approves members; some even have a simple questionnaire to prove your "worthiness." For example, the Mudcrutch Farm Group questionnaire might include questions like: what's your favorite TPATH song/album? do you prefer Ron Blair or Howie Epstein on bass? how many times have you seen TPATH in concert?
Here's a not TPATH-related example. I love shopping and finding cute clothes, so I joined a bunch of Facebook groups. In those groups you can:
Buy clothes from retailers. Many small, local boutiques have their own groups and offer special things for group members.
Buy/Trade clothes with group members. For example, if a member bought a shirt from the retailer and the shirt didn't fit, the member could sell the shirt to a different member - and the transaction is handled as friends/family via PayPal.
Talk about the great deals you got at X store or online retailer
Share pictures of your outfit of the day
List the cute clothes you're looking for.
You can add photos, files, events, and videos. And it's all private. I can't tell you how many cute clothes I've bought, and online 'friends' I've made as a result of participation in these groups and others. FB Groups are definitely places for authentic connection - just like Mudcrutch Farm.