Alaska Invasive Species Workshop Save the Date

 >Save the date for the upcoming Invasive Species Workshop, which is happening in Anchorage on Oct. 28-30. For more information and registration, view the website here.

>If your child is interested in doing a 4-H exchange trip in Japan, Finland or Costa Rica, more information about the 4-H International Exchange Program is available here. 

>Extension has three new publications that are helpful to small food business owners or those who are interested in starting a small food business. Guide to Operating a Successful Home-Based Food Business takes a look at Department of Environmental Conservation regulations that allow producers to sell non-potentially hazardous food directly to consumers. Checklist for Acidified Foods Produced for Commercial Sale and Checklist for Starting a Basic Food Business (nonexempt) will help small food businesses owners follow the proper regulations in the state of Alaska.

>Master Gardener registration is open for Fairbanks, Palmer and Delta Junction. The course is offered via videoconference in Delta Junction and live in Palmer and Fairbanks. If you’d like to learn more about gardening in Alaska and are willing to share your knowledge with others, consider signing up. For more information, see the flier for Fairbanks or register online.

>The Anchorage District Office’s fall food preservation classes begin on Sept. 24 with Canning Fish and Meat in Jars, and continue on Oct. 1 with Jams and Jellies.  For more information or to register online, click here.

>Extension has expanded and updated its berry book, Using Alaska’s Wild Berries and Other Wild Edibles, to include more recipes and information on 18 kinds of wild berries and other wild edibles. From blueberries to spruce tips, this guide includes recommendations for picking and preparing berries for storage, and methods of preserving berries by freezing, drying or canning. Copies are available at Extension district offices or by calling 877-520-5211. The price is $15.

>Ever wondered why vegetables get freakish in the land of the midnight sun? Palmer Extension agent Steve Brown helps answer the question in this article from the National Public Radio food blog The Salt.

> For past announcements please visit our home page news archive.

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