Welcome to the Juneau District Office of the Cooperative Extension!
Southeast Alaska is defined by the waters, islands, resources and people of the Inside Passage. Fjords, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and glaciers shape landscapes that are rich with fish, minerals, forests, scenic beauty, and wildlife. For thousands of years, adventurous, capable people have made a successful living in this bountiful region, but there are always unique challenges requiring creative solutions.
To help people meet challenges and create lasting solutions, the Juneau staff and agents offer programs throughout Southeast Alaska. We are constantly working to “take the University to the people” and engage with the people of Southeast to identify and meet the needs of our many and diverse communities.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Support Juneau 4-H Thunder Mountain Riders Club! There will be pony rides at Fairweather Equestrian Center on Saturday, Feb. 11 , from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The horses will be dressed up! Pick your favorite costume and hug a horse for Valentine's Day! $5 for 3 laps around the arena. For more information, please contact Susie at 907-523-3280.
Bring your little sweeties for a fun ride!
Food Preservation Classes
UAF Cooperative Extension agent Sarah Lewis will be teaching 8 different classes through Juneau Community Schools from February through May. Find descriptions and register on the Community Schools website at: bit.ly/CommunitySchoolsClasses.
Canning Pantry Staples Feb. 4, 1-6 p.m. $45
Canning Soups & Sauces Feb. 18, 1-6 p.m. $45
Starting a Cottage Foods Business Mar. 4, 1-3 p.m. $10
The Naturally Clean Home Mar. 25, 1-3 p.m. $25
Sourdough, Yogurt & Kefir Apr. 8, 6-8 p.m.
and Apr. 9, 10 a.m.-noon $30
Pickling & Fermenting Apr. 22, 1-4 p.m. $35
Canning Salsa & Frijoles Apr. 29, 1-6 p.m. $45
Making Sausage & Sauerkraut May 13, 1-4 p.m. $35
Sarah's classes fill up quick so register soon! For more information, please contact Suzanne Ainsworth at Community Schools, 907-523-1761.
Certified Food Protection Manager Workshop
UAF Cooperative Extension agent Julie Cascio will be teaching the Certified Food Protection Manager Workshop on Monday, March 6 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
What is a certified food protection manager?
A certified food protection manager (CFPM) is responsible for monitoring and managing all food establishment operations to ensure that the facility is operating in compliance with food establishment regulations.
A CFPM is knowledgeable about food safety practices and uses this knowledge to provide consumers with safe food, protect public health and prevent foodborne illnesses. Alaska regulations require food establishments to have at least one CFPM on staff.
The class is $200 (includes class, study guide and one proctored test). Register at http://bit.ly/2iY0x7X or contact Julie Cascio at 907-745-3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2017 Alaska Wood Energy Conference
The Alaska Wood Energy Conference will be held April 11-12 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center in Ketchikan, with an optional field trip on April 10 and 13 . There will be sessions on biochar, biomass harvesting, combined heat and power technology as well as community updates.
Hydronic System Design for High-Efficiency Biomass Boilers will also be offered. John “Siggy” Siegenthaller will be returning to Alaska to offer his 8-hour class on How Hydronic Systems Supplied from Biomass Boilers Should Be Designed. Siggy has worked with NYSERDA to provide training for its Renewable Heat NY program. To date they have trained over 150 heating professionals. He has also been involved with plans review and “forensics” involving biomass boiler systems that have not performed as expected.
Pressure Gauge Testing at the Juneau Office
Dial gauges on pressure canners need to be tested for accuracy every year. This free service is offered at the Juneau Extension office. You don't have to bring your whole canner in, but the gauge can still be attached to your lid. Please call ahead to ensure someone is in to test your gauge, 523-3280 or you're welcome to drop it off and pick it up at a later date/time.
New Cookbook Published
Kate says the cookbook includes innovative recipes to use year-round in our arctic climate. It includes family size portions to use in one's own home, too. See recipes like Curried Barley Salad and recipes with kale, such as Two-Bean Salad and Superfood Salad.
New Publication: Growing Great Brassicas in Alaska!
Our very own Juneau District agents, Darren Snyder and Sarah Lewis have written a publication on Growing Great Brassicas in Alaska! Brassicas belong to a large, well-known and important family (Brassicaceae) of cultivated plants that are excellent for Alaska growing conditions. Many gardeners and commercial growers appreciate them for their excellent nutritional value and because they grow well in the cool (average temperature in the 60s), long days of Alaska’s short summer season. To learn more about Brassicas click here for the publication or stop by the office to pick up a copy!
Sarah Lewis wants kale and kids to have a party!!
Research shows that helping kids have fun with vegies, even ones they say "eeewww" to, increases the chance they'll try and like then as they get older. For this reason, our very own Sarah Lewis, Family and Community Development Agent for Southeast Alaska, has written a publication to introduce kale to kids. Time for a Kale-abration offers simple and tasty recipes that can be cooked with or by kids, with a menu for a kale-themed party. Sarah has held kale-abrations with 4-H kids and Girl Scouts throughout Southeast Alaska, and now you can have a kale party with your kids, class, or youth group, too!
Coming soon: The Alaska Kids' Healthy Harvest Cookbook!
8 am - 5 pm Mon - Fri
Closed 1 pm - 2 pm
2016 Holiday Closures
Spring Recess – March 18
Memorial Day – May 30
Independance Day July 4-5
Labor Day – September 5
Thanksgiving – November 24-25
Christmas – December 26-27
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What’s Happening in Southeast Alaska 4-H?
Visit the Southeast Alaska 4-H website for news, events, clubs, and accolades for 4-H members and volunteers. Contact Darren at 907-523-3280 x2 for more 4-H information.
We Want to Hear Your Thoughts and Ideas!
Let us know what services we can offer in your community. In Southeast Alaska call our office at 907-523-3280. At the statewide level, please contact the Cooperative Extension Service State Advisory Council. The council advocates on behalf of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service for funding and programming with the university, state government and agencies. There are currently two members from Southeast Alaska serving on the council.