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Old 07-20-2007, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Northern MN
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I always thought greenhouses in AK were for wacky weed (no, I don't inhale), I've never , ever seen fruit or veggies in AK, I'm thinkin you need to start surviving on fish, moose, caribou, ..........but then again, what do I know.
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Old 07-20-2007, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I hesitated answering this thread. Is it hard to be a vegetarian in Alaska is hard for a carniviore to answer.

You eat what is around you and comes your way. I don't plan my menu on stock or gas prices.

Best stop for produce in Alaska are the Food Banks. All the pricey stuff that does not sell goes to the Food Bank.

Why pay 5 bucks for an artichoke that may or may not be up to your standards?

I say it would be really hard to be a vegitarian in Alaska.
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Old 07-20-2007, 10:13 PM
 
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I thought vegetarians = no eating fish? or was that vegan? or is vegan = not eating anything.... hmm.
What do you call people like me who can't stand the thought of tearing poor, totally defenseless plants from their homes, then boiling then (ALIVE!) and eating them?

At least a bunny can run away, and a moose may well kill you before you get him. Seems more fair that way.
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:06 PM
 
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I've actually designed a Geodesic Dome Greenhouse that would utilize various methods to distribute and maintain heat, while also utilizing LED based grow lights. The only catch, it won't be cheap, and also you'd need an insulation blanket for about 3 months out of the year, at least, and also utilize Radiant Floor Heating from a Boiler System.

Basically, reinventing what's being developed out at Chena Hotspring's Greenhouse.

As an economic way of having non-hot house tomatoes year round, probably not.. but as a hobby or Thomas Jefferson/Ben Franklin style gentleman/gentlewoman agro-science pursuit... definately!!!

The design in mind would have a central island surrounded by Water (used for as a thermal battery), and the island itself would be for meditation and growing TEA LEAVES... While the rest of the greenhouse would be for year round production, and help with starting for a larger garden outside. Think of it as the central part of a plant, while the outdoor gardens are like leaves that grow or shed, depending the time of year.

Now, to get the right place to build this, and maybe beg the state or university for some $$$ to help defer the costs.
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Juneau, AK
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What do you call people like me who can't stand the thought of tearing poor, totally defenseless plants from their homes, then boiling then (ALIVE!) and eating them?
You rock. I am laughing so hard right now!
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Old 07-21-2007, 03:57 AM
 
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Moving to AK and not liking meat is like moving to China and not liking rice.
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Old 07-21-2007, 04:06 AM
 
Location: Juneau, AK
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Moving to AK and not liking meat is like moving to China and not liking rice.
I disagree. Moving to Alaska and not liking meat is like moving to France and not liking cheese. You will do just fine, but you won't get the essence of Alaska! However, as I said I don't eat a lot of meat either... If you move to a real rural place people may laugh at you.
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Old 07-21-2007, 05:48 AM
 
Location: I'm not lost, I'm exploring!
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Moving to AK and not liking meat is like moving to China and not liking rice.

lol hahahahaha.What would I know I don't live in Alaska yet.. but I love your analogy!! Good laugh over that.

I would hate to see this thread turn into a veggie bashing versus evil blood sucking carnivore arguement on who was living the "right" way... there are enough of those already

I think a very honest quesiton was asked, I think the majority of the answers are saying, while there are fruits and veggies available, you're more than likely putting yourself at a disadvantage moving up here and expecting (or hoping) it to be the same quality as it is in the lower 48... because it just isn't.

mmmm. now I'm in the mood for some good stir fry.
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Old 07-21-2007, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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We have very good organic grown stuff here. You'll be fine. Be sure to inhale. Then you'll get the munchies and eat all kinds of things!
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Old 07-21-2007, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Juneau, AK
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Then you'll get the munchies and eat all kinds of things!
Like dirt. Hey, set it on fire and it's "Baked Alaska"!
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