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Welcome to the Idlewild Alaska Homestead

Striving towards self-sufficiency in the Last Frontier


Hiking the Chilkoot Trail - Preparation - IdlewildAlaska

Hiking the Chilkoot Trail – Preparation

Total honesty here. At 5'4" and not too long ago hitting the 202 mark on the scale, I'm out of ...
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Foraging in Alaska - Spring - IdlewildAlaska

Foraging in Alaska – Spring

Foraging in Alaska may seem impossible to those who haven't been here long. Long, cold, dark winters with seemingly no ...
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The Best Blogs for Zone 4 Gardening and colder! - IdlewildAlaska

Best Blogs for Zone 4 Gardening (and colder!)

Zone 4 gardening is a tough gig. The sub-zero temperatures of winter put a big damper on what perennials will ...
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6 Things to Do in Alaska in April - IdlewildAlaska

6 Things to Do in Alaska in April

The first day of Spring may be March 21st, but spring in Alaska really starts in April. The snow and ...
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Your Choice of Chick Brooders for Spring - IdlewildAlaska

Your Choice of Chick Brooders for Spring

Ah, Spring. That time of year when fuzzy baby chicks flood the feed stores and chicks go to new homes ...
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5 Tools Every Gardener Needs - IdlewildAlaska

5 Tools Every Gardener Needs and You Do Too

Do you ever go to the hardware store and stop to drool over all the beautiful, shiny gardening tools? It ...
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About the Alaska Homestead

We’reΒ Β dreaming of self-sufficiency in the great State of Alaska. The hubby and I love working on our little acre and a half Alaska homestead, building, planting, crafting, raising, cooking, baking, and learning.

Idlewild Alaska Homestead

I was born and raised in Alaska, and thankfully God sent me a guy who loves it as much as I do. We love the whole idea of self-sufficiency in AK, no matter how difficult the elements make it. We hunt moose and caribou every fall, we fish for salmon and halibut, plant a garden every year, and are developing an orchard and vineyard.

We bought our dream cabin and promptly began renovations. In the fall of 2013, we decided to turn our property into a homestead and start working towards a more healthy, self-sufficient life. Land needed to be cleared, a greenhouse built, fences put up, and a chicken coop built. It has been a very busy few years. We would love to eventually add goats, pigs, bees, and perhaps even a cow, but we may need to buy some more land for all that.

Broody Hen - IdlewildAlaska

Our true goal for the homestead is not self-sufficiency, but God-sufficiency. We know our Father provides all good things for us and want to make the most of this wonderful life He has blessed us with.

Canned Salmon - IdlewildAlaska

Join us on our homesteading journey. Get tips and ideas for your own homestead, try new recipes, learn new techniques, stories of life in Alaska, pictures, how to raise chickens in the Frozen North, and so much more. Subscribe via email to receive my latest blog post (never spam!), like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, follow us on Twitter, and pin us on Pinterest! Questions? Shoot me an email through the Contact Me page.


23 Responses to Welcome to the Idlewild Alaska Homestead

  1. Cate

    What town are you in? I am from Kasilof (Kenai Peninsula).

    • Idlewildak

      Palmer. We come to Kenai and Kasilof every year to go dip netting for salmon πŸ™‚ Love it down there! Thanks for reading!

  2. Lori Nothwang

    Hi Amanda, I am interested in reading more about your life in Alaska! What a cool, adventurous, independent life you lead! I am impressed!

  3. Pete

    I am a newcomer… came here in 1995 to help my son with a project and bought property before he left. I have been living off grid since 2001 in a 16×20 shack up near Livengood. I wish i could still hunt but the heart gave out and can no longer field dress any size animal. I admire all who do live off this great land and will be following your writing.

    • Idlewildak

      I love hearing other stories about my home state! Even though I’m not exactly “off the grid”, I love the self-sufficient lifestyle Alaska encourages in so many people.

  4. jamaya

    Hi! I am a new follower on intsagram and here. Moving AK this summer with air force! Plan on staying!

    • Idlewildak

      My mother’s side of the family came up thanks to the Air Force and have never left either! Alaska gets in your blood! πŸ™‚

  5. Shannon

    Hi! I’m a new follower. I love seeing all your photos and posts about Alaska living. We are moving to Alaska (hopefully) in the next year or so. Palmer is one of the places we are considering moving. I know seeing all your photos sure makes it a top contender. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. Allison

    Hi! I just came across your website when browsing for Alaskan living. As a senior in high school, I am serious -ly thinking about staying up there for a year at a home for Orthodox Christians. Your website has opened a window to a whole new world of independent, adventurous, and faithful living there in Alaska that I can’t wait to be apart of someday. Your insight is greatly appreciated πŸ™‚

  7. Jamie C. Tyson

    Hi! I am a small town homesteader in Pennsylvania and love it! I own chickens, all named and adorable, and other various animals. I am also a student at Penn State and am writing a paper on homesteading and how the primitive art has spread to the digital world of the internet. Your blog is a perfect example of the marriage between simple country living and the digital age of technology! I was wondering if you could answer a few questions such as why you homestead and post your findings on your blog. If you are interested in helping me please shoot me an email. Thank you so so much!

    • Idlewildak

      Hi Jamie, I’d be happy to help out! Please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to answer your questions. πŸ™‚

      • Jamie C. Tyson

        Great! What is your suggestion for a new homesteader? Why do you think the primitive practice of homesteading is now so common on the internet? Thank you so much for any help you have to give. πŸ™‚


        • Idlewildak

          Take things one step at a time. Whether you’re starting from scratch or something already established, the to-do list is always huge. Make yourself some lists and don’t rush. It’s very easy to get overwhelmed. Find blogs or Facebook groups that are themed towards what you want to do. Most people love answering questions and helping out!

        • Idlewildak

          I think the concept of homesteading, whether in the traditional, “primitive” sense or “modern homesteading” sense is becoming popular not only on the internet, but across the USA too, because in so many ways big government and big corporations are becoming bigger. People are becoming more health conscious while seeing so many unhealthy trends shoot skyward. Homesteading in either sense gives a person more control over what they and their family eat, how their family is provided for, and brings back MANY traditional family values. So many traditional ways of doing things have disappeared and as a nation, we now depend on the local grocery store, department store, or hardware store to have whatever we need. There is so much satisfaction in doing something yourself; building something from nothing with your own hands from start to finish, planting seeds and reaping the harvest; learning a new craft; raising livestock and knowing exactly what is in your food. It’s impossible to get that same feeling when you just go to the store to buy something. Homesteading is hard work. I just spent this last weekend with almost no sleep, had to make some hard decisions, but in the end, it was worth every minute. There’s always something new to learn in the lifestyle. People may criticize you for it and not understand it. Rarely will anything go exactly as planned or come out perfectly, but that’s ok. I believe “homesteading” is just about as close to living as God designed for man in the Garden of Eden. It’s going back to be a steward of the earth. Not necessarily being a “tree hugger” or “hippie,” but living a natural life and being sure to provide that opportunity for generations to come. The internet has become a wonderful resource for many people living this life; whether it’s to ask questions, find advise, or share their stories with others, like I do. I’ve discovered a wonderful network of not just bloggers in general, but homestead bloggers online. I haven’t met them in person, or even talked to them on the phone, but I consider most of them to be wonderful friends and I cherish their friendship on this journey we’re all taking together.

          • Jamie C. Tyson

            Excellent! What amazing advice for a newbie. I plan on incorporating a lot of your philosophy into my paper but also my personal life. I think what is key about the relationship between the internet and homesteading is the community, which you so nicely described. Thanks so much for your help, proves your point that we are in this together and should support each other :). I appreciate it!

  8. Kris in Alaska

    Hello! I recently came across your blog! We seem to have some things in common… love of God being the most important! My husband and I are moving to the Butte area in just a few days! We are hoping to find about 2 acres to start a peony farm… and raise out own chickens, veggies and other flowers! So nice to see you are in Palmer. Maybe we will come across you… soon! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and tips!

  9. Jennifer

    Hi! You’re a member of the Pinterest group board The Handmade Homestead. I’d love to join. Any tips on how to join the board. Thanks a bunch.

    • IdlewildAlaska

      Attainable Sustainable is the one who originated the board. She may be able to help you out πŸ™‚ I would also suggest checking out the Homestead Bloggers Network.

  10. Melissa

    Where did you come up with the name “idlewild”?

    • IdlewildAlaska

      From one of the Anne of Green Gables books. It’s only referenced to once as a little place in the woods she found and named “Idlewild.” I’ve always loved it.

  11. Hannah

    I really love this blog! I’ve been reading it for awhile now, but have really been getting into it lately. My husband and I have only been in AK for a few years, formerly in SE AK and now in a rural village on the Alaska Peninsula. It’s such an amazing place to live sustainably and it’s definitely something we are trying to do more and more of in our current home.

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