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The 49th Estate: Sharon Sibbald's Nest

  • Author: Thomas Levine
  • Updated: May 13, 2016
  • Published July 5, 2010


The 49th Estate is our answer to MTV's "Cribs," a weekly tour of Alaska homes and interviews with their owners.

Sharon Sibbald, who teaches literature and English at Alaska Pacific University, lives in a 700-square-foot home in Eagle River. Her out-of-the-way abode is also home to chickens, dogs, and her collection of art from around the world.

Sibbald's chickens live in a coop she built herself. She puts golf balls in their nests, underneath the chickens, which makes them more likely to lay eggs for her to sell. In the summer her hens can produce an egg a day each.

A world traveler, Sibbald has been everywhere from Vietnam and Thailand to Greece and Afghanistan. She travels for work, for pleasure, and to volunteer. As recently as 2002, she was in Afghanistan teaching English to Afghan women.