Fun and interesting glimpses of our Alaskan life. I moved to Alaska in 1994. My husband was born in Alaska and grew up in a community 150 miles from the nearest road that goes anywhere. We live in the log home his family built when he started high school.
We have started a garden at our house to help offset some of the rising food prices. It is 30×50 this year with more room to expand in the future. We’re growing carrots, beets, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and a giant cabbage, kale, corn, lettuce, and potatoes. Our growing season is short, lasting from June 1 until August but with the long daylight things grow big, fast. We also go berry picking in the fall to make jam from blueberries, raspberries and cranberries.
In the winter we heat mostly with wood that we harvest and split ourselves. This can make for some chilly mornings but considering the money we’re saving I don’t mind adding another blanket to the beds. A good hot breakfast of oatmeal or whole wheat pancakes after hauling in wood for the day will soon warm us up. Not to mention it is good daily exercise. *Edit* in 2014, we installed a new Blaze King catalytic wood stove. This stove is great! It has cut our wood consumption by at least 1/3. It has a thermostatically controlled damper that is more efficient than the old fashioned manually adjusted kind. Plus, it has a larger wood box. We can now turn down our stove and it will last all night.
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