>If you are carving pumpkins for Halloween, make sure to save the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are a concentrated source of iron, zinc and magnesium and contain omega 6 and omega 3 fats. Instructions for roasting and other methods of using pumpkin seeds in the pumpkin seeds fact sheet.
>Save the date! Extension is coordinating the 2017 Alaska Wood Energy Conference April 11-12 in Ketchikan. Sessions will include biochar, biomass harvesting, combined heat and power technology review and more. An optional field trip will be help April 12-13. More details and registration information coming soon.
>Winter has settled in all over the state. If your energy costs go up during the winter, considering conducting a home electricity audit to see if you can make any adjustments to keep costs down. Other publications of interest in winter months are "Keeping Your House Operating During a Cold Alaska Winter" and "Space Heater Safety: Using Kerosene and Propane." See the entire publications catalog here and call 877-520-5211 to get connected with an agent if you have questions.
>The Anchorage District Office is getting ready to move. Starting Sept. 19, the office will close Mondays and Tuesdays until the office closes Oct. 28 and reopens at its new location Nov. 2. The office will be open Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except for a noon to 1 p.m. lunch hour closure.