Open Skies Farmstead

Crunchy, Off-Grid Living in Rural Alaska

Budgeting – Part 1

Budgeting is one of those things that I know a lot of us struggle with. Most of us were never taught or shown how to budget. Couple that with living an incredibly consumerist society and it’s a recipe for inevitable disaster.... 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 →

Installing the Wood Stove

At just over 800 square feet, we didn't need a huge wood stove for our cabin, but we wanted something that we'd enjoy, well, hopefully for the rest of our lives. A few things were important to us. We didn't... Continue Reading →

A Great Idea? Notsomuch.

I had this great idea last spring: move out on the property, build a log cabin - not to finished status,mind you, but just dried in for the autumn and winter - then take a break for the winter and... Continue Reading →

Building the Cabin – First Story

For this, the last house we plan on building, we've decided to build using 6"x 6" four-sided logs. The floor plan is for a two-story 16'x 24' with an additional one-story nook (approximately 6' wide and 12' long) which has the... Continue Reading →

Beckoned Again

Building a log cabin and living off-grid isn't new or foreign to the Open Sky family. Back in early 1999 we had been married a little over a year and were living our dream of living off-grid, only that time it... Continue Reading →

The Summer of the Tarp

A year ago, we were sitting down discussing our plans and future for our land. In previous conversations we had decided that we would continue living and working in town while driving out to the property periodically and slowly building the... Continue Reading →

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