Anchorage Master Gardener Fall Class

The Master Gardener class for 2014 will be held Wednesdays and Fridays, Oct. 22 through Dec. 12 , from noon to 3 p.m.   

To become a Master Gardener, you must complete 40 hours of horticultural training and volunteer 40 hours of time. The prerequisites for becoming a Master Gardener include a familiarity with Alaska gardening conditions and a commitment to return 40 hours of volunteer service.

Open registration available Sept. 20. Call 786-6300 for more details.

Food Preservation Series

Join Leslie Shallcross, Home, Health and Family Development faculty and registered dietitian, this fall for a hands-on food preservation workshop series.  Classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately four hours depending on the topic.

Call 786-6300 for more information or click here to see the list of classes and dates.

Adaptations for Aging in Place and Practical Remote Energy Solutions

Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 
Presented by Arthur Nash, Energy Specialist

6 - 7:30 p.m. Adaptations for Aging in Place
Alaska leads the nation with the highest rate of senior population growth, yet Alaska's housing stock lacks the adaptations that allow older Alaskans and the disabled to stay in their homes as long as possible. This discussion will focus on ways to modify homes for aging in place.

7:30 - 9 p.m. Practical Remote Energy Solutions
Alaska residents living (or playing) in the backcountry often forgo luxuries such as hot water heaters, furnaces and other high-energy users. However, there are camp energy sources available. Solar cells, small windmills, hydro props, battery banks and rocket stoves help with hot water, laundry, sanitation, refrigeration, space heating, interior lighting, cooking, radio communications and home electronics.

Saturday, Sept. 13, Harvest Day at the Mill, at Alaska Mill and Feed, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

You can drop off donations from your garden for Plant a Row. Learn about canning, winterizing your garden and other information throughout the day. Anchorage CES faculty Julie Riley and Leslie Shallcross will be giving presentations as well as Master Gardener Rosa Meehan.

Extension Presentations:
•    Moose Protection 101, Rosa Meehan, Master Gardener
•    Preparing Your Garden & Yard for Winter, Julie Riley
•    Food Preservation, Leslie Shallcross

Submit requests and photos regarding local insects, plants or diseases you discover!

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.  To submit a photo for identification to the "Citizen Scientists" click here.

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The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the Cooperative Extension Service, a state-by-state national network of educators who extend university-based knowledge to the people.  Cooperative Extension came to Alaska in 1930,  a year after Congress amended the legislation to include the territory. Extension became a department of the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, which is now the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

In its early days, Extension helped Matanuska colonists, homesteaders and others thrive in Alaska’s challenging environment. We continue to meet the needs of Alaskans today —  whether it’s helping them establish community gardens, can salmon, use a GPS or learn the best way to use solar energy. We provide informal education with a purpose. 


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UAF Cooperative Extension Service
Anchorage District Office
1675 C Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: 907-786-6300
Fax: 907-786-6312


Office Hours
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What's going on in 4-H?

For more information on 4-H activities in our area, check out the Anchorage 4-H page!

Check out our archived "Info & Ideas" Anchorage newsletters covering many different Extension-related topics. 

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