About Us

By , August 24, 2009

Mark, Michelle & Aly Zeiger (rhymes with “tiger”) live off-the-grid in northern Southeast Alaska.

The Zeigers, Michelle, Aly, and Mark

The Zeigers, Michelle, Aly, and Mark

Living off the land and sea, we grow, gather, hunt and fish most of our food. Urged by family and friends to share our experiences, we have turned to the Blogosphere to begin that process. Each member of the family submits articles and blog entries if and when they have something to say.

Technically, ours is not a real homestead. You can’t really homestead anywhere in the U.S. anymore, but we call it a homestead because it’s an off-the-grid, unwalled compound consisting of a cabin and outbuildings, gardens, and alternative power. Running water comes from two catchment systems, with a third in reserve. We heat our home and hot water with wood. To get home, we park our car on the road and hike in a mile and a quarter, taking into account the tides that fill the bay we have to cross on foot. Anything for the cabin must be hauled in on our backs or brought around to the beach by boat when conditions are right.

Contact Us:

To correspond with us, you can use the comments section at the bottom of each post. You can also email us at “AKZeigersATSIGN GeeMail dot com (gmail.com)”. You can also click on the message in a bottle that bobs at the bottom of our Website pages.

We try to answer all the serious emails we get, but please be patient, as it can take us some time to respond sometimes. Of course, we reserve the right to ignore emails for any reason, but we rarely do so.

If You’re New to Blogs, Here’s How To Get Around in Ours:

  • If you haven’t already, look over our home page.
  • Learn about us and what we’re doing by selecting links under the “Homestead Primer: Introductory Posts” heading on the right hand side of the page.
  • Click on any category under “Browse by Category” on the right side of the page.
  • Start with the latest post and work backward by date using the title links at the top and bottom of each post.
  • Return to the most recent page from anywhere in the blog by clicking on the blog name at the top of the page, or the “home” button in the strip under the photo.

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Most Recent Post:

Water Work Called on Account of Rain

As I write, rain dumps down on the homestead. The yards quickly became mires, the trails deep puddles and small creeks. Perhaps, then, it’s not unexpected that I’m thinking about water. Water may be our homestead’s most precious resource. The collection, storage, and use of water occupies much of our thoughts and actions, as you […]

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