Category: Self Reliance

Incremental Improvements

By , August 3, 2019

I’ve complained a lot about internet service this summer. I’m not alone. One of our neighbors got tired of complaining to our carrier, and reported their lack of response to the FCC! We may do the same soon.

However, one day I couldn’t even connect to the internet as a mobile hotspot! Usually, we connect our phones, then spend the rest of the day waiting for a gap in local usage to get our work done.

I finally began to suspect that there might be more to it than the daily overwhelming bandwidth use by tourists. And, like all problems on the homestead, if there’s a problem, we need to solve it ourselves.

So, I grabbed a ladder, a saw, and my wits, and went out to troubleshoot our booster antenna.

cell phone booster antenna

The key to the internet system: the booster antenna (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger)

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Garden Conference Report

By , February 25, 2018

The 2018 Southeast Gardening Conference did not disappoint (see Southeast Garden Conference 2018 ). About 120 people attended from Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, Haines, Skagway and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.

Speakers ranged from a Haines locavore, Rebecca Brewer, who chronicled her year of eating locally to the keynote, Jeff Lowenfels, with information about soil microbes and how to team up with them to grow a better garden.

Zeiger family homestead garden in winter

The homestead garden sleeps, awaiting Michelle’s inspiration (Photo: Michelle L. Zeiger).

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