The Alaska Shared Gardens Initiative: Local food, community, sharing
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Hi. I’m Erik Johnson and I created this site.

I’m a high school teacher in Anchorage who designs and develops websites is his spare time. When I’m not teaching or coding, I’m trying to live as sustainably as possible by hunting, fishing, gardening, beekeeping, and mead-making.

This website is a free service of Northern Vista Designs. I put this site together in my spare time over a couple of weeks in 2011 to serve as a free community resource for people in Alaska.

There are many Anchorage residents who live in apartments or townhouses that would love to grow some of their own food or flowers. Likewise, there are many, many unused greenhouses, garden beds, and berry patches throughout Anchorage. By connecting those who want to garden with those who have the space and want to enjoy a share of the harvest, we are making our food supply a little more healthy and a little more secure. We are using the good land that we have. And hopefully, we’re building community in the process.

The Alaska Commons Project

The Alaska Commons Project is, at this point, nothing but an idea. Many people are interested in living closer to the land in a uniquely Alaskan way, but many don’t have the time or resources to learn. My goal is to make Alaska Commons a website that serves as a repository for resources, ideas, and tutorials about sustainable Alaskan living. This would allow residents to experiment with more sustainable way of life, while connecting them with resources and people that would help them on their journey. Below are some of my ideas for the site:

  1. Tutorials/resources for:
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Gardening
    • Beekeeping
    • Animal husbandry
    • Green building
    • Beer/mead making
    • Canning, preserving, and storing
    • Home crafts (sewing, knitting, etc.)
    • DIY furniture
  2. Reflections and thoughts by local experts
  3. News relevant to sustainable Alaska living (including events calendar)
  4. Directory of local businesses/suppliers
  5. Marketplace for local goods.

If you like the idea of this site, support us by becoming a part of the Alaska Commons Project!