Thursday, May 14, 2009

Kong Waste Disposal

In Kongiganak, the only flush toilets are at the school and laundry mat. In this photo, you can see one of our local honey bucket delivery boys taking our container to the lagoon. This is the first I’ve seen someone using a motor bike to deliver the do-do. Other ways of transporting honey-bucket are by sled, wheel barrel, four-wheeler and snow-machine. Honey buckets are common in many rural villages in Alaska. Kids and some adults earn $5 for hauling the do-do to the lagoon throughout the school year. I hope that someday this village will have flush toilets in our homes.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Full Circle Farm

When you live in rural Alaska, it can be difficult to get fresh produce. This past year some teachers and local residents joined an organic food coop called Full Circle which is located in Carnation, WA. We received a variety of fresh organic produce that was readily available every week.

Full Circle Farm gives members a choice of specific types of foods that will be sent out. Members are able to substitute certain items. Farm notes included in the boxes give members relevant nutritional information and recipes that contain the current week’s selection of fresh produce.

If anyone is interested here’s their website: and phone number 425.333.4677. This is a great program that allows their members to eat healthier and feel better.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

New School in Progress

The new school foundation was completed in late March. Last month the school’s wall panels were also put together. As you can see in the background of the new school, the village has five wind towers on the tundra. The close-up picture only shows three of the wind towers standing. The wind towers will provide electricity and help reduce the cost of living for local residence.

It will be interesting to see how much work has been completed by the time I return in August.