About Us

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Who We Are

A farmer, his adoring wife, four amazing kids, two wonderful daughters-in-law, two adorable grandchildren, three crazy dogs and a weird cat.

High school sweethearts born and raised in Oregon, Gene and Tandy moved to Alaska over 15 years ago. They learned that though Alaska is amazing and full of opportunity, it can also be a tough state to thrive! The weather, darkness, and harsh growing climate can really get a family down!

But when they looked around, they realized Alaskans everywhere are thriving so they started watching, asking questions, and listening.

That is what brought us here - to the creation of this website.

Because Every Alaskan Has A Story

What makes Alaska so alluring is also what makes it such a harsh place to live. We are excited to have the opportunity to build a community of people who are thriving in the Last Frontier. To tell their stories.

Gene has his farm - that is what he does to thrive here. We want to hear  your story - what do you do to get beyond just surviving and THRIVE in Alaska?

Meet the Team

Just a three-Alaskan team so far, we are working hard together as a family to encourage you and brighten your day.


Your Farmer
And the boss. 🙂 

Gene is the brain, the backbone, the wisdom and the courage behind Common Ground Alaska.

He runs the farm, takes most of the photos, and is the eyes behind the design.


Wind beneath His wings
And an 8 year Virtual Executive Assistant

Tandy is the visionary and the voice behind the scenes. As the marketing and media director, she is the primary one you will talk to both online and in person.

And she will do just about anything to get out of housework. 🙂


And all-around-fun 7-year-old

Abbi works hard to keep things fun around the farm. She is also the brain behind the name.

She is the sunshine when our skies are gray and the first to step in when someone needs help.

We are so glad you are here ...

We would like to invite you to join us as we share the good stories, the encouraging wisdom and bravery of the people in our community. Also, we would love to hear from you! If you have someone to nominate - drop us a line! We would love to hear!