>Steve Brown will teach the Master Gardener class in Anchorage this fall. Class starts Sept. 11 and will be held on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. through Dec. 11. The cost is $300. A $150 rebate is available with 40 hours of volunteer time. For more information, call Steve at 907-745-3639. Registration is available online.

>Join Extension and local experts in Juneau for the final Wild Kitchen Walk on Aug. 26. This all-day retreat will include foraging and cooking. The fee is $80 and registration is available online. For more information, call the office at 523-3280.

>Extension will offer two workshops for those interested in community food systems in Alaska. The Local Food Leader Training is for those interested in developing community food systems and the Community Food Systems Training is for those who are already working in community food systems. The workshops will be held Sept. 5-6 in person at the Matanuska Experiment Farm and will also be offered via distance delivery in Sitka and in Fairbanks. Registration is available online. For more information, view the flier or contact Melissa Clampitt at 907-745-3551.

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>The fair season is underway. Extension will have a presence at a number of fairs. This will include judging competitive exhibits, handing out publications, putting on demonstrations, meeting with the public, and 4-H and FFA exhibits,  presentations and market livestock auctions.

Upcoming fairs include:

  • Alaska State Fair, Aug. 23-Sept. 3
  • Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair, Sept. 1-2

>Learn about the variety trials that are being conducted at the Georgeson Botanical Garden in Fairbanks. Three workshops will cover the varieties, growth habits and best practices for growing the crops. This workshop series continues on August 27 with brussels sprouts and watermelon. Sign up at and view the flier for the full scheduleLet us know which crops you think we should be testing by taking this short survey

>For those looking to identify pests, plants or plant diseases, Extension has a citizen monitoring portal that makes life easier. Submit information on where you found the pest, plant or plant disease and include a photo. The information submitted is sent to a statewide team who will promptly respond with information regarding the sample. As needed, pertinent information can be sent to local or state land resource managers who may quickly respond to potential problems.

> For past announcements please visit our home page news archive.

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