News from the Farm
WINTER DREAMS OF SPRINGTIME…The solstice has past, the presents are unwrapped and the New Year is here. We’re already used to writing 2017, and our Valentines are on our mind. While we still have a few more months of interior winter, we are already finalizing plans for the upcoming seasons produce garden and improvements to the farm infrastructure. We’ve had fun so far this winter hosting guests from around the world in our bed and breakfast cabins. The open fields are a great place to view and photograph the aurora. The relatively moderate temperatures don’t hurt either.
WHAT AN AMAZING SEASON…Fall is already upon us, and as usual the summer seems to have evaporated just as we were getting in the groove of it. This summer, in particular, has raced by for us due to all the changes we’ve experienced; getting used to the rhythm of this farm, as well as expanding and adjusting operations to suit our goals. The farm is again home to laying hens including fifty new pullets, a flock of ducks and ducklings, a horse, a goat, a rabbit and a herd of six yaks. A couple of the sheep will also be staying, but for the moment we will forgo the partridge in a pear tree.
A NEW CHAPTER…As you may already know, Chris and Nancy have sold Arctic Roots Farm and we (Jim and Amanda Huddleston) have been hired to operate the farm and manage the Bed & Breakfast. Amanda and I, along with our daughter Kalei, moved to Alaska in July of 2008 and purchased an off-the-road-system, 40 acre homestead about 10 miles west of Ester. We have spent the last eight years developing a farm primarily using a chainsaw and hand tools. On our farm we raised chickens, ducks, dairy and meat goats, and pigs. We developed gardens and barley/oat fields and cut grass hay for feed with a scythe. We hauled our supplies, as well as hay and firewood using a dog team. It has been fun to experience doing all this without electricity or running water, but now we’re ready to upgrade.