>January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can be a serious home health issue, especially in areas where there is uranium in the soil. With proper testing and management, you can have a radon-free environment. Extension has a publication on radon, a DVD and radon test kits to help you detect radon in your home as well as mitigate it. Visit your local district office or call 877-520-5211 to order any of the radon publications.
>Extension will offer pesticide certification for pesticide applicators Jan. 31-Feb. 2. The training is available via videoconference in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, Delta Junction, Soldotna, Sitka, Juneau and other communities as requested. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an exam scheduled after the training. The cost of the two day sessions is $65 and covers all materials and testing. For more information call Janice Chumley at 907-262-5824 or register online.
>The Anchorage Outreach Center is hosting a Back to Basics in the City workshop series, beginning Jan. 31. Juneau agent Sarah Lewis will teach the first class, on the basics of starting a home-based cottage foods business. Other topics will include brain development in children, principles of food preservation, canning fruit, salsa and tomatoes, fermentation, canning fish in jars, diet and disease risk, and heating greenhouses. Extension agents and specialists from around the state will teach most of the workshops by videoconference. Each class will cost $10. Registration and workshop descriptions are available at http://bit.ly/cesworkshops . For more information, call the Anchorage office at 907-786-6300.
>Registration is open for the 13th Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The conference is scheduled for Feb. 21-23 in Fairbanks. Topics will include growing fruits and vegetables, reindeer and livestock ranching, birch syrup, farming and gardening in rural Alaska and marketing and sales. See the draft agenda on the conference website and register here.
>The Spring 2017 Fairbanks Master Gardener course is open for registration. The course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m., beginning Feb. 9. Registration is available online. Learn more about the Master Gardener program here.