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Open Skies Farmstead

Crunchy, Off-Grid Living in Rural Alaska

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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 →

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 →

Hindsight is always…

Mr. Open Sky and I were discussing the steps that led us to where we are today and the thought processes. The decisions and the mistakes. Like they say, hindsight really is 20/20. I want to share some of that... 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 →

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 →

Back to our Roots

Five years ago there were just two of us in the Open Sky family and we were sitting in our home in Spokane, Washington talking about leaving the city again and going back to our roots. Back to Alaska. Back... Continue Reading →

Slowing Down

Winter in Alaska means slow days, cold, and darkness. Normally we like to hibernate the long winter away: hot cocoa, books, and the PS3. This year, though, is a different story for the Open Skies Farmstead. Building our log cabin... Continue Reading →

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