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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.


FEB. 9–APRIL 62017 FAIRBANKS MASTER GARDENER COURSE will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 9-April 6, from noon to 3 p.m. Class will be taught by Julie Riley, Tanana District's new horticulture agent, who joins us from the Anchorage Extension office. For general information on the Master Gardener program, click here. For specific information on the 2017 class and how to register, click here. Questions? Contact Julie Riley at 907-474-2423 or jariley@alaska.edu. Registration is now closed. For information on the fall 2017 class, email rlboswell@alaska.edu to be placed on a class interest list. Thank you!

FEB. 11 —BEEKEEPING 101 CLASS, presented by Fairbanks Farm Bureau and Tanana District 4-H, will cover supplies, breeds and other information needed for your spring hive.This is a beginner class, but anyone with knowledge to share or who just wants to learn is welcome. Taught by Funny Farm and Feed Folks with Brian Schmitt. Hours are 9 a.m.-noon. Light refreshments served. No fee. Contact John Anderson to register and for more information: 862-485-2236 or anderson.john118@gmail.com.

FEB. 21–23 —The 13TH ANNUAL ALASKA SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE will be held  at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center. As usual, the conference will offer variety, including information on reindeer and livestock ranching, birch syrup processing, woodlot management, fruits and vegetables, farming and gardening in off-road Alaska, and marketing and sales. Stay tuned for registration and agenda information. Workshops will be scheduled on Feb. 21 and Feb. 23 , with shorter sessions on the main meeting day, Feb. 22 . Details coming soon at the conference website. Information: Steven Seefeldt, 907-474-1831 or ssseefeldt@alaska.edu, or Darcy Etcheverry, 907-474-5107 or ddetcheverry@alaska.edu.

MARCH 6 — CERTIFIED FOOD PROTECTION MANAGER WORKSHOP, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For details, cost and registration information, visit the training website. Register online by Feb. 20 at this link. Information: Julie Cascio, 907-745-3360 or jmcascio@alaska.edu.

APRIL 18-20 —PESTICIDE SAFETY APPLICATOR TRAINING. Testing is April 21 or according to proctor's schedule. For details, cost and registration information, visit the training website.

Office Location, Hours & Phone

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.

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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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Class Registration Link

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Calendar of Events

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