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Our Life As Farmers-Alaska Community Service

On Sunday we loaded up our vans and drove down the southwest coast of the Kenai Peninsula to Homer, a beautiful little town looking across a bay at coastlines, mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. We drove a little bit further down the coast and arrived at Seaside Farm where we would be staying for the next four nights. Seaside farm is owned and operated by Mossy, a wonderful and kind woman who was born and raised in the area.

On our first day, Claire, Emily, and Courtney volunteered with Mossy doing farm chores, they got a feeling for what it is like to be a ture farmer. Cody, Lizzie, Hallie, Brandon, Helen, Clay, Sarah, and Jackie went down to the beach to repair the trail that runs from the beach to the guest cabins on the farm. After working on the trail, the team came up to the stables to stack hay. After the work was finished, Mossy showed the kids how to do the “Hay Dance”. It was a lot of fun.

We spent two days working for the Wynn Nature Center, an organization run by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies that fosters interaction and education of the natural life on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. We were led to a cleared space in the forest where we were told that we were going to build a fenced garden, plot beds, and then fill them with soil. It seemed like it was hardly possible in just two days, but we did it! After digging, measuring, hammering, sawing, and stapling, we stood back and admired the finished product. It was truly amazing to see our fenced garden ready for planting. We felt so rugged and capable!

On our last evening in Homer we walked along the spit, a long strip of land that extends into the bay with beach on either side. Along the spit are shops and restaurants in small, weathered coastal huts that give travelers are real sense of the northern, maritime experience. We saw fresh fish get weighed, crab traps stacked alongside fishing vessels, and merchants with warm sweaters, earrings of carved anters, pottery, and so much more.

Today we will be boarding a boat to Peterson Bay! Stay tuned for another update soon.

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