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The Tanana District is one of the largest Cooperative Extension districts geographically in the United States, covering an area of more than 120,000 square miles with a current population of approximately 100,000 distributed in 64 Native villages and the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Much of the district is inaccessible by road.

The Tanana District clientele is very diverse including 4-H leaders, youth groups, homeowners, homemaker clubs, private and commercial agriculture, local government, military personnel, subsistence families, cooperating agencies and the general public.

We have agents here to assist you in areas of agriculture and horticulture;  health, home and family development; 4-H and youth development; and natural resources and community development. For more information, click on the program area of interest to visit its webpage.


The Tanana District office is pleased to welcome two new agents who will lead community programs in gardening, nutrition and health. Julie Riley, horticulturist, and Leslie Shallcross, a health, home and family development agent, previously served with the Extension office in Anchorage.

Julie Riley

Julie Riley has worked with home gardeners and the commercial horticulture industry for 32 years. She has trained about 1,500 master gardeners since 1985. In addition to master gardener classes, she also expects to offer noncredit classes on vegetables, flowers, herbs, lawns, integrated pest management and soils. Riley will work one-on-one with commercial growers, new horticultural entrepreneurs and home gardeners. She earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Wisconsin.

Riley may be reached at 907-474-2423 or jariley@alaska.edu.

Leslie Shallcross

Leslie Shallcross, a registered dietitian and nutritionist, will offer classes on food preservation and cooking, adult health promotion and obesity prevention. She teaches individuals with diabetes and their family members about menu planning and trains community members to lead programs on self-management of chronic health conditions and diabetes prevention. Shallcross attended Penn State University, where she earned a master’s degree in human nutrition science. She has worked for Extension since 2006 but has 30 years of experience in nutrition and health promotion.

Shallcross may be contacted at 907-474-2426 or lashallcross@alaska.edu.


IMPORTANT NOTE TO OUR CLIENTELE —WE ARE MOVING ... AGAIN! The Tanana District Extension Office will be moving at the end of 2017. Look for us in our new location at the UAF University Park Building, 1000 University Ave. Details to follow as soon as we settle in and open for business. Please watch this space for updates. We appreciate your patience as we are in transition. Thank you!

OCT. 30 — A 12-MONTH CLASS ON DIABETES PREVENTION starts Monday, Oct. 30, with Leslie Shallcross. The class is for overweight individuals at risk for developing diabetes or who have a diagnosis of prediabetes. The class will focus on weight loss, exercise and diet changes that have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. If you think the program might be right for you, contact Leslie Shallcross by Oct. 27 at 474-2426 or lashallcross@alaska.edu. For more information, view the flier.

NOV. 2 — PRODUCE SAFETY ALLIANCE GROWER TRAINING, sponsored by the State of Alaska, is an FDA-approved course that satisfies the grower training curriculum requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Commercial fruit and vegetable growers, farmers' market vendors and all others interested in learning about produce safety, the FDA Produce Safety Rule and good agricultural practices are encouraged to attend.

The course runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Tanana District Extension Office, 724 27th Ave., Suite 2, in Fairbanks. There is no charge for class participants; however, growers can receive a certificate of attendance for a $35-fee.

For more information on course specifics, view the flier. To register, contact Dr. Sarah Coburn, DEC Office of the State Veterinarian, at 907-375-8213 or sarah.coburn@alaska.gov.


PESTICIDE SAFETY APPLICATOR TRAINING is currently available as a self study option. (Face-to-face classes are typically scheduled just during the spring months.) For details, cost and registration information, visit the training website. Online registration is found here:  http://bit.ly/PestInvasive 

FAIRBANKS MASTER GARDENER COURSE is taught by Julie Riley, Tanana District horticulture agent. The dates for the next class are to be determined, contingent on instructor's schedule. To be placed on a class interest list and receive notification of registration, email rlboswell@alaska.edu. For general information on the Master Gardener program, click here. Questions? Contact Julie Riley at 907-474-2423 or jariley@alaska.edu.

FREE TESTING OF PRESSURE CANNER DIAL GAUGES! Gauges can be tested on or OFF the lid of the canner (no need to haul in the whole canner). If we have someone available to test, it only takes a few minutes while you wait. If not, you may leave your gauge and we will call you when it is ready for pick up (usually within 24 hours).

It is important to have your pressure canner dial gauges checked annually to help assure home canned food is safely processed. (Pressure canners that use weighted gauges do not need to be checked.) While visiting our office, be sure to pick up some free food preservation publications!

EXTENSION WEEK! Typically in the spring and fall, we host a week of FREE mini classes on a variety of topics. Watch this spot for our next line-up of classes!


LOCATION:  724 27th Ave., Suites 2 & 3, Fairbanks, AK  99701

We are located within the Fairbanks Community Food Bank building and have a private entrance. To enter our office, please drive around to the back of the building (27th Avenue side) and look for our entrance on the corner of 27th Avenue and Rickert Street. Free parking is avaiable in our reserved lot just across the street.

  • DRIVING DIRECTIONS:  The easiest way to find us is to drive south on South Cushman Street, then take a right on 27th Avenue. Drive two blocks to the intersection of 27th Avenue and Rickert Street. Look to your right for our building and parking lot.

MAILING ADDRESS:  P.O. Box 758155 Fairbanks, AK  99775

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HOURS:  We are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We close daily for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.

PHONE:  Still have questions? Please call us at 907-474-1530 — we are happy to help!

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