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Erin McKinstry

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Stories about building a life in the Alaskan wilderness

Latest Episodes

Change

EWhat's progress like in a place surrounded by preservation, a place who's golden age is 100 years past? Technology, access, tourism: they've all brought change to McCarthy. Is there such thing as the good old days? If you could hold back the tide, would you?

36 min2018 APR 8
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Change

Making Community

EPeople come and go. Others stay for years. There's no government beyond the state. And there's all different ideas of what the community really is or what it should be. Yet, somehow, it works.

35 min2018 APR 8
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Making Community

Living with the Wild

EIn the middle of the country's largest national park, people live with animals large and small, and they also live with the weather. In a place like McCarthy, the outside creeps in. Because you depend on the resources around you to survive and because you can't even go to the bathroom without venturing outside.

35 min2018 APR 8
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Living with the Wild

Building Relationships

EThe solitude scares many, but the intimacy might be more intimidating. Living through a winter with another person in a tiny cabin is no small feat. And what about raising kids?

35 min2018 APR 8
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Building Relationships

Living It

EAlarm clocks, traffic, 9-to-5 desk jobs:Meet people who've thrown all that out the window and trudged down their own dirt road.

30 min2018 APR 8
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Living It

Building in the Wilderness

EThe turn of a faucet, the flip of the switch, the drive to the grocery store: things we take for granted. But what's it like to build it all from scratch?

29 min2018 APR 8
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Building in the Wilderness

Heading North

EMcCarthy, Alaska, sits at the end of a 60-mile dirt road in the heart of the country's largest national park. Hear what drew people here, from panning for gold to searching for simplicity.

34 min2018 APR 8
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Heading North

Introduction

Out Here tells the stories of people who've dared to live life differently. Focused on the end-of-the-road community of McCarthy, Alaska, and the surrounding area, it explores off-the-grid living, raising children in the wilderness, bucking the 9-to-5 and living off the land.

12 min2018 APR 8
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Introduction

Homesteading

On this episode, we’ll touch on an important piece of agriculture in Alaska: the legacy of homesteading and how it’s changed with the times. The harsh climate, extra expenses and nutrient-lacking soils make homesteading in Alaska particularly gritty sometimes. On episode five, we’ll meet two women who’ve proved up for the challenge. Tenley Nelson is a New England transplant who homesteads on property inherited from her husband's grandparents in Strelna, Alaska. Ina Jones farms peonies, raises horses and puts up hay with her husband Speck outside of Homer, where they've lived all their lives. On this episode, we’ll talk about climate change, subsistence, peonies, land access and so much more.

28 minAUG 9
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Homesteading

BONUS: THE CARROT KING & QUEEN

BONUS: THE CARROT KING & QUEEN There is demand. I think you can grow and sell anything. There’s not enough farmers. — Lynn Mayo, Spinach Creek Farm, outside Fairbanks, AK Like a lot of the farms in Alaska, Spinach Creek Farm is a clearing in the forest at the end of a dirt road. An electric fence surrounds the 10-acre farm to keep the moose out. There’s chickens; a greenhouse full of tomatoes; rows of beets, potatoes and cabbage. And of course, carrots. Thirty rows of them to be exact. “We started with like seven rows and then sold them in a day,” Lynn Mayo said when I visited on a warm day in August. Lynn and her husband Pete started the farm in 1994. They cleared the land themselves. And like so many other Alaskans and particularly Alaskan farmers, they had to be pioneers. “You can’t find a lot of equipment,” Lynn said. “You have to go outside. You have to get it up here.” Or, you have to build it yourself. They both work on the farm full-time in the summer, and they spe...

--AUG 9
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BONUS: THE CARROT KING & QUEEN

Latest Episodes

Change

EWhat's progress like in a place surrounded by preservation, a place who's golden age is 100 years past? Technology, access, tourism: they've all brought change to McCarthy. Is there such thing as the good old days? If you could hold back the tide, would you?

36 min2018 APR 8
Comments
Change

Making Community

EPeople come and go. Others stay for years. There's no government beyond the state. And there's all different ideas of what the community really is or what it should be. Yet, somehow, it works.

35 min2018 APR 8
Comments
Making Community

Living with the Wild

EIn the middle of the country's largest national park, people live with animals large and small, and they also live with the weather. In a place like McCarthy, the outside creeps in. Because you depend on the resources around you to survive and because you can't even go to the bathroom without venturing outside.

35 min2018 APR 8
Comments
Living with the Wild

Building Relationships

EThe solitude scares many, but the intimacy might be more intimidating. Living through a winter with another person in a tiny cabin is no small feat. And what about raising kids?

35 min2018 APR 8
Comments
Building Relationships

Living It

EAlarm clocks, traffic, 9-to-5 desk jobs:Meet people who've thrown all that out the window and trudged down their own dirt road.

30 min2018 APR 8
Comments
Living It

Building in the Wilderness

EThe turn of a faucet, the flip of the switch, the drive to the grocery store: things we take for granted. But what's it like to build it all from scratch?

29 min2018 APR 8
Comments
Building in the Wilderness

Heading North

EMcCarthy, Alaska, sits at the end of a 60-mile dirt road in the heart of the country's largest national park. Hear what drew people here, from panning for gold to searching for simplicity.

34 min2018 APR 8
Comments
Heading North

Introduction

Out Here tells the stories of people who've dared to live life differently. Focused on the end-of-the-road community of McCarthy, Alaska, and the surrounding area, it explores off-the-grid living, raising children in the wilderness, bucking the 9-to-5 and living off the land.

12 min2018 APR 8
Comments
Introduction

Homesteading

On this episode, we’ll touch on an important piece of agriculture in Alaska: the legacy of homesteading and how it’s changed with the times. The harsh climate, extra expenses and nutrient-lacking soils make homesteading in Alaska particularly gritty sometimes. On episode five, we’ll meet two women who’ve proved up for the challenge. Tenley Nelson is a New England transplant who homesteads on property inherited from her husband's grandparents in Strelna, Alaska. Ina Jones farms peonies, raises horses and puts up hay with her husband Speck outside of Homer, where they've lived all their lives. On this episode, we’ll talk about climate change, subsistence, peonies, land access and so much more.

28 minAUG 9
Comments
Homesteading

BONUS: THE CARROT KING & QUEEN

BONUS: THE CARROT KING & QUEEN There is demand. I think you can grow and sell anything. There’s not enough farmers. — Lynn Mayo, Spinach Creek Farm, outside Fairbanks, AK Like a lot of the farms in Alaska, Spinach Creek Farm is a clearing in the forest at the end of a dirt road. An electric fence surrounds the 10-acre farm to keep the moose out. There’s chickens; a greenhouse full of tomatoes; rows of beets, potatoes and cabbage. And of course, carrots. Thirty rows of them to be exact. “We started with like seven rows and then sold them in a day,” Lynn Mayo said when I visited on a warm day in August. Lynn and her husband Pete started the farm in 1994. They cleared the land themselves. And like so many other Alaskans and particularly Alaskan farmers, they had to be pioneers. “You can’t find a lot of equipment,” Lynn said. “You have to go outside. You have to get it up here.” Or, you have to build it yourself. They both work on the farm full-time in the summer, and they spe...

--AUG 9
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BONUS: THE CARROT KING & QUEEN
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