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Open Skies Farmstead

Crunchy, Off-Grid Living in Rural Alaska

Spring Finally Arrived, Sort Of

Well folks, spring, I believe, has finally arrived to our slice of the world. It's mid-April and we've seen a huge difference in the weather in the last few weeks. Temps have been up to the mid-40s and down in... Continue Reading →

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Revisiting Reducing

We are approaching a year being back out of town and out on our land, off-grid. Because our living situation was up in the air at the time of the move, what with moving out of our apartment initially into a... Continue Reading →

Proper Draft for the Wood Stove

It dawned on me that I ´╗┐hadn't actually updated you guys on the recent goings-on with the wood stove. Perhaps you remember that when we installed the stove pipe, we had only gone about 36" or so above the nook... Continue Reading →

Thankfulness Part 2

Gosh, my heart is just so full of gratitude right now, I just had to share some more. I hope you don't mind but it spilleth over. Haha! Wood Stove - I really appreciate having heat. In desperation the other... Continue Reading →

Staying Thankful

Lately I've been so so ready for warmer temps and longer days and everything that comes with spring, summer, and autumn. Days when the outside air warms, the grass turns green and takes over everything, the fireweed comes up and blooms,... Continue Reading →

Adventures in Firewood

Hi guys. I wanted to touch base and share what's happening out here. We've been having single-digits down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit. So not much gets done at those temps. We've basically been hunkering down trying to stay warm. Drinking... Continue Reading →

Water Conservation 101

One of the easiest ways to go crunchy is conservation. And one of the easiest, and yet most important ways to conserve is through water. Clean water is essential to living. So conserving what we have is so so important.... Continue Reading →

Going Crunchy

One of the things I am actually quite passionate about is being crunchy. I love the idea of reducing waste and conservation. It was about 15 years ago that I really started contemplating the majorly excessive waste everywhere. Wasting time,... Continue Reading →

An Unexpected Gift

"Hey, I've been talking with Nick," our neighbor Josh said over the phone, "and we've decided to put your roof on for you tomorrow. You don't need to be home, as long as all the supplies are there. It's supposed to... Continue Reading →

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