I have a homestead in the Alaska bush, and I'm thinking of inviting others to live in a "tribe." This would a place that people who have always wanted to "run away to the wilderness" could go and learn without being completely alone. Sort of an "In To The Wild"... without the tragic ending. The homestead is just under 40 acres with a nice cabin and large garden. A spring bubbles-up behind the cabin and a large stream forms one of the property lines. There's nice spruce and birch trees on most of the land, and enough hills to give privacy between cabins. The garden that is cleared is about an acre and half, but could be expanded to 10 acres. The spring would be easy to divert for irrigation. I dug test holes with my post-hole diggers, and there are no rocks in the garden area. It's all old stream sediment and glacial silt - fantastic soil. It grows potatoes almost as big as a football without any added fertilizer. The location is very remote. It takes a plane to reach the lake, about 1.5 miles away. In winter it might be possible to travel over the snow, but it's not easy. There is cell phone service, but it's very poor. I'm working on getting internet service. (I'm in town getting supplies right now) I would make two very different offers available. One for people who want to come to stay, and one for those who just want a shorter visit. All persons would be considered renting under a lease. This is for legal reasons. The lease would only be one dollar per year. It is needed because otherwise I would have to have VERY expensive insurance. Without the lease, I could not risk letting people use axes or learn log work. While every reasonable effort will be made to make living here safe, all persons enter at their own risk. People wanting to stay long-term would be offered a lease on 5 acres where they can build a nice cabin to call their own. The lease amount would be set at $1.00 per year, but if they do not set foot on the land for more than 2 years, the cabin would be declared "abandoned." The lease will not be transferable. The training would work like this: I rent you the land, you hire me to teach you how to live here. Payment would be in hours of work exchanged on projects I need done. Of course a person could leave anytime they want - weather permitting (sometimes low clouds or other weather conditions make it impossible to fly in or out). Short term visits would be anything less than 1 year. The skills needed to live in the wilderness are numerous. People could learn everything from how to build a cabin to setting-up a solar power system. I might bring in some chickens and goats too. (electric fencing to keep them safe) There's room on the land to build a nice bunkhouse and a runway. I think there will be a limit of about 12 people at any one time. I expect most times there will not be more than 5. However, families are welcome, and this could raise the number. Person would be asked to leave if they engage in illegal activity that threatens the land or other tribe members (like building a meth lab or shooting at other people's cabin's). I still have many details to work-out, but I would like to start the offer this summer. Anyone interested? Comments? Go to my albums to see some photos of the place and the host (me). I'll get more photos up when I can.