Who here lives in a rural area in climate zones of 3 or less, such as the northern tier states, mountain areas, non temperate Canada, and Alaska, Greenland, Iceland, etc. ?? I am in a 3a zone, some years 4b which has about a 110 day growing season in good years, and winter lows down to -30 with a few days usually in early February or late January down to -40. Just curious as to what some of you northerners are involved with to make your homesteading lifestyle regarding market garden, putting food by, foraging, storage, heating, energy, etc. I know it's hot even in these places during the summer usually. Our average July temp is about 80 F. Today we had near that, and it's HOT! The days are long, being the summer solstace doesn't get dark until about 11 p.m. I get up at 5 a.m. and it's well into daylight. Things in the garden grow fast once they get going with all that long day. Late Fall and Winter is another story. What do you do to make ends meet during the hard time of winter, or do you take it in stride and just get out there doing something. Do you have indoor interests maybe that occupy your time to help make a living from your northern homestead?