Forming Formed: 2010 Established: 1990
This page last updated:5/30/2012
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We are a small group of people working in the Native Alaskan village of Ruby on the banks of the Yukon River to promote and develop agricultural practices while preserving traditional Athabaskan ways of living. Our current home base is a half-acre in Ruby (population 200) on which we garden root vegetables, corn, tomatoes, and a variety of greens, as well as raise turkeys, chickens, ducks, bees, and this year we are attempting to raise three Nigerian Dwarf goats. We also support ourselves through trade in the local community as well as harvesting King (Chinook) Salmon, hunting bear and moose, and collecting wild edibles.
We are always looking to incorporate new hands and energies into our community, as we attempt to educate the native villagers about agriculture and sustainability, while holding on to their traditional hunting and cultural practices. For as long as you decide to join us and work on the various projects we maintain around the community, we are happy to house you and feed you.
Ed is the Natural Resources department for the tribe in Ruby, and as such works with fish and wildlife laws, community programs and deals with tribal government. He is also a certified adobe builder. His wife, Evelyn, is a Pueblo Indian from Taos and together they have lived all over intentional communities in the Southwest and other regions since the 1970's.
Kyle is a studying Alaska Native Rural Development at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and Karen is a schoolteacher. Also involved are Ed and Evelyn's grandchildren and various members of the community.
Status: Always Looking For More Help
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This page last updated:5/30/2012
Visitor Process: Anyone who is interested in visiting, or would just like to learn more about Native Alaska or life in the bush, should check out the blag at gem-of-the-yukon.tumblr.com and/or e-mail Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(Everyone is encouraged to act on their ideas, and is given the support and resources of the community.)
(Ed and Evelyn to a limited extent)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
(Work is exchanged for food and housing, all finances independent)
Land and Buildings
(Alaskan wilderness, as rural as you can get.)
Land Owned By:
Individual community member(s)
(Ed and Evelyn own the main house)
Number of Residences:
(Main house, tipi in the yard, plenty of room for camping, and possible independent living.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
We all share a common diet
(Eat what you want, pass on what you don't. We can accomodate vegetarians, but a vegan diet might be difficult.)
(Very rarely used by community members, but Ruby does have its drinkers like anywhere.)
(Up to you. No smoking in the house, though.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
:: Paganism/Earth Religions
:: Roman Catholic
:: Hutterian Brethren
:: Unitarian Universalist
:: Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
:: Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
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