We are an off-grid small scale homestead farm located in the
beautiful Matanuska Valley in Alaska. We grow enough food to feed our
family year round, sell at the farmers market in Anchorage and provide
5-10 CSA shares from May-Sept. Farmers markets are weekly and require
helpers to rise early, harvest veggies and have prepared value added
goods the day before. We rely heavily on root cellar storage,
traditional food preservation techniques, hunting, fishing, berries and
wild plants. Chickens are used for egg production, composting and
preparing land for agriculture. Bees are kept and cared for to promote
pollination and to collect beeswax for herbal medicine. Honey is used
for mead, wine and kombucha. We doubled our growing capacity for 2011,
including a new pond for water storage that will come online in 2012. We
are currently building a 16x40' 3-4 season greenhouse, an additional
25' long hoophouse, a covered 20x24 ft high tunnel for 2012 and more
garden beds. We focus on simple, low-cost methods of living using
ingenuity. Examples are chain saw milling, recycling and salvaging
Spring projects include: Prepping growing area, building fence
lines, installing pond liner, prepping the gravity feed water system,
installing pump for pond water, broad forking, composting, maintaining
wood heat in the greenhouse, soil-blocking starts, chopping wood, making
cheese and kimchi, and other various tasks. Note that this farm
opportunity is not limited to the growing area, but a large portion of
your time should be invested in all the workings of a homestead.
Summer projects include: Transplanting, seeding, weeding, watering,
harvesting for market, making value added products, harvesting herbs and
making medicine, canning and freezing, smoking salmon, making cheese
and kimchi, composting, brewing compost tea, moving chicken
tractor-system, weekly bee checks, milling wood and building greenhouse,
Fall Projects include: Vegetable harvest, berry picking, moose or
caribou butchering and preserving, making cheese, kimchi, brewing apple
cyser, food preservation and canning, clearing land for growing, cover
cropping, chopping wood, and winterizing farm.
Meals: Provided: vegetables from the garden, eggs from chickens,
local raw goat milk, berries, potatoes, carrots, and a few gluten-free
grains. Sometimes an opportunity to work trade with a neighbor will
provide extra goat milk, cheese, and chicken meat. We also stock some
staples like gluten free grains (rice, buckwheat, etc.), beans.
Responsibilities: Participating in the working system of the
homestead. Caring for your lodging. Cooking nutritious meals. Weeding.
Feeding and watering chickens. Flexible hours, waking early on harvest
day each week ready to work. Clothing yourself properly for the Alaskan
weather elements. Taking advantage of the opportunity to learn and
Skills Desired: Require a self-motivated, positive, energetic,
detail oriented person willing to be flexible with all sorts of
projects. Requires someone who is willing to get dirty. Prefer a person
with natural building skills, but not essential. This opportunity
requires a person wanting to learn from the homesteading model,
potentially seeking it for themselves in the future. Living in Alaska is
remote by lower 48 standards, so one should be ready to be comfortable
in an extremely small community, without the interaction of city life.
Books, instruments, hikes, projects and learning how to live in the
woods are the leisure activities.
Educational Opportunities: Organic farming techniques including soil
amendments, pest management, composting, crop rotation, companion
planting, weed mitigation, broad forking, double digging, harvesting and
preparing produce and products for market, helping in organization and
planning for small CSA, design components of off-grid greenhouse
structure, harvest and process herbs into medicine for medicinal herb
business, learn off-grid living techniques including chain-saw milling.
Housing: Inquire about cabin. Wall tent or other tent structure.
Outhouse. Sauna is available for washing and cleaning as well as an