Inian Executive Director, Zach Brown, recounts a tale of a nettle-gathering excursion and its significance for the Institute and the history of the Inian Islands.
“Crawl back into those bushes. That’s it – really get in there.” On our hands and knees, we groped through the prickly brambles of salmonberry, searching for the even more prickly (and slightly toxic) stinging nettle.
We’ve done it! After three years of fundraising, and a couple years of imagination before that, Inian Islands Institute has finally gathered the full $1 million to purchase the Hobbit Hole property, this incredibly special homestead in the Alaskan wilds.
There’s only one thing left to do: Party!
The Hobbit Hole homestead, with deep roots as a Tlingit summer camp and more recently a fisherman’s haven, is now a field school for education, science, sustainability, community & culture.