Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Extension Week community classes offered in Fairbanks

September 29, 2014

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host 14 free community classes in Fairbanks on everything from backpack cookery to managing your woodlot.

The one- to two-hour classes will be offered Oct. 13-17 as part of Fall Extension Week at the Tanana District office. Other topics include cleaning with green products, finding housing for your college teen, medicating livestock, gardening with children, using a GPS, companion planting, using a sourdough starter, raising livestock, preparing mushrooms, making bread, Zumba fitness and an overview of Alaska-grown herbs.

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National 4-H Week marked in Alaska

September 26, 2014

Alaska 4-H will celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 5–11 with activities, including a national science experiment.

Oct. 8 is 4-H National Youth Science Day, and Alaska youths and 4-H members in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, Soldotna, Kodiak, Sitka and on all Army and Air Force installations may participate in the “Rockets to the Rescue” experiment. The Anchorage activity will be on Oct. 3. Participants will design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims. They will learn engineering concepts and about nutrition, develop math skills and help address a global issue.

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Participants sought for 4-H youth exchanges

September 23, 2014

4-H exchange programs to Japan, Finland and Costa Rica are now accepting applications for summer 2015 exchanges.

The deadline to apply for the States’ 4-H International Exchange Program is Dec. 15. Participants are placed with a host sibling of the same gender and a similar age, and they experience everyday life during a three- or four-week homestay with their host families.

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Food preservation series offered in Anchorage

September 19, 2014

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host a food preservation series Wednesdays in Anchorage, beginning Sept. 24.

Classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will meet for three or four hours, depending on the topic.

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Master gardener class begins Oct. 7

September 11, 2014

Registration is open for a master gardener class that begins Oct. 7 in Fairbanks and in Delta Junction.

Steven Seefeldt, agriculture and horticulture agent for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, will teach the session Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. through Feb. 3. The class will be offered at the Extension district office at 724 27th Ave., in the Fairbanks Community Food Bank building, and by videoconference at the Delta Career Advancement Center.

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Extension to offer Oct. 1 food safety workshop

September 4, 2014

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer a certified food protection manager workshop Oct. 1 in Fairbanks and Palmer and at videoconference sites in Nome, Petersburg and Sitka.

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Specialty food business workshop offered

September 2, 2014

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host a workshop for individuals interested in starting and operating a specialty food business.

The workshop will meet for five sessions beginning Sept. 16 and will be offered by videoconference in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Homer, Kodiak and Juneau. It will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. through Sept. 30. The instructors are Extension food research technician Kate Idzorek and Quentin Fong, a seafood marketing specialist with Alaska Sea Grant's Marine Advisory Program.

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