The subsistence lifestyle

Silver Salmon

In a world where the practices of producing protein and common food stuffs increasingly resemble industry rather than agriculture we get the feeling that reading the labels isn’t enough.  The disquieting addition of hormones, antibiotics, and the disgusting fodder fed to commercial live stock has penetrated the beef, pork, poultry and aquaculture industries as common practice.

  Produce may fare better as long as you wash carefully for pesticides but freshness and purity can be improved by growing your own.  Most prepared foods are so bad in so many ways it isn’t going too far to say we should consume as little of them as possible in a healthy diet.

Nelchina Caribou – for the freezer

Many Alaskans incorporate subsistence activities into their lifestyle and it makes so much sense on so many levels.  Our wild fish stocks are the cleanest in the world – putting enough salmon for yearly use is serious business in many households.  Harvesting enough moose or caribou to completely replace beef is a yearly tradition for many – there are quite a few animals that can be hunted to supplement or replace store-bought food . 

Wild berries and plants provide delicious additions to the winter larder. 

 Arctic gardens can be incredibly productive. 

It’s might be fair to say that subsistence activities are embraced more here than a lot of other places.  They are ingrained not only in Native American culture and philosophy, even the guys living in Alaska’s cities participate to a surprising extent.

Alder Smoking – Sockeye Salmon and Moose Jerky

My properties are well suited for anyone to learn and enjoy these skills.  Hey it not only saves a lot of money, it’s really fun.