The Sacred Four: Shelter -Water -Fire -Food
Shelter: Apprentices live in a beautiful dwelling adapted from the traditional Cree earth-lodge. The lodge is insulated with sod, has windows and a skylight for natural light and a wood-stove for heating and cooking. Apprentices must keep the lodge clean and should expect it to be on display during classes or in the event of unexpected visitors!
Water: Drinking water comes from the spring or the well. Wash water comes from the ponds and off the roofs. A solar hot-water shower is available in the greenhouse.
Fire: Apprentices saw and split wood by hand. Wood that was cut the previous year is available for this year’s apprentices, and in turn this year's apprentices prepare wood for next year's. Apprentices gain experience with open fires, rocket stoves and wood stoves depending on the season.
Food: Interns eat fresh from the gardens, root cellar vegetables, acorns and seasonal wild foods. Koviashuvik also provides beans, whole grains flour and cooking oil, always organic, and locally-grown when possible. Interns provide their own meat, dairy, eggs, nuts, condiments, non-local treats, and any food not listed as being provided by Koviashuvik. Interns should plan on sharing cooking and meals, as this is time and energy efficient and fosters community. We will help schedule the details of this system so that it works for everyone’s needs.
There is a hand-powered flour mill available for interns’ use, and there are a grocery store and health food store in Farmington, 9 miles from Koviashuvik. Refrigeration: we keep foods cool by sinking them downstream of the spring and by utilizing winter’s ice, stored in the icehouse and brought weekly to our coolers. There will be a cooler available for interns’ use; we suggest cooking just enough food to go about a day at a time. Also, when much of what one eats comes from the garden, no refrigeration is necessary. Just go out and pick it!