Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Fermentation guru Sandor Katz to give lecture

August 4, 2015

Fermentation expert Sandor Katz will give a lecture Aug. 17 from 6-9 p.m. in the Murie  Building auditorium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Tickets for the lecture are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Katz is the author of three  books on fermentation — “Wild Fermentation,” “The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved” and  “The Art of Fermentation,” which received a James Beard award in 2012.

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Mushroom expert to lead workshop in Palmer

July 30, 2015

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service office in Palmer will host  mycologist Gary Laursen Aug. 21-23 for a workshop on collecting, identifying and preparing  wild edible mushrooms.

Laursen, who holds a doctorate in botany and ecology, has studied Arctic, sub-Arctic and  sub-Antarctic fungi around the world for more than 40 years.

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Matanuska Farm marks Agriculture Appreciation Day

July 29, 2015

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer will host Alaska  Agriculture Appreciation Day on Aug. 6 with activities, live animals, tours and music.

The free annual event, from noon to 5 p.m., will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the site  selection for the research experiment station. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry  DeVilbiss will provide opening remarks.

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Donations sought for children's winter clothing drive

July 16, 2015

Donations of children’s winter clothing are sought as part of a winter gear drive for young  Fairbanks children.

The clothing drive is co-hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks 4-H Military  Partnerships and the Fairbanks Families/Best Beginnings programs.  4-H agent Candi Dierenfield said the goal is to help Fairbanks-area children stay safe and  warm while being physically active outside during the cold winters.

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Wildfire defensible space workshop offered

July 13, 2015

A workshop about creating wildfire defensible space around homes will be offered July 16  at the North Pole Fire Department.

The free public workshop will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the University  of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, the Alaska Division of Forestry and the  fire department.

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Exchange program seeks host families

July 10, 2015

The Alaska 4-H Exchange Program is seeking host families for Japanese students  participating in a four-week summer exchange.

Twenty-one Japanese students, ages 12 to 18, will be in Alaska from July 25 to Aug. 23.  Four host families are sought in the Fairbanks, Healy and Delta Junction areas as well as three  families in Southcentral communities on the road system. Families with host siblings of the  same gender and age range are preferred.

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