Our Alaska Homestead

In the late 1950s, one family set up their self-sustaining Alaska homestead on Gravina Island for under $100.



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The back yard of the Blanchard's Alaska Homestead is filled with plants during the summer.
PHOTO: HELEN BLANCHARD
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Potatoes and other root crops come abundantly from the garden.
HELEN BLANCHARD
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The sea provides fish.
HELEN BLANCHARD
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The garden also produces lettuce and tomatoes.
HELEN BLANCHARD
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On the beaches, clams are there for the catching.
HELEN BLANCHARD
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The forest supplies venison.
HELEN BLANCHARD
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Under the beaches, clams are there for the taking.
HELEN BLANCHARD
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Building a frame.
HELEN BLANCHARD
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Rabbits, ducks, and chickens are the homestead's livestock.
HELEN BLANCHARD











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