>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.
>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.
>As you close up your garden for the season, consider taking a soil sample. Having a soil sampled tested in the fall is a great way to ensure you are ready for the next gardening season. Extension agents can go over your results with you and provide recommendations for your soil. We have a YouTube video on taking a soil sample, as well as publications on the subject.
>The 2016 Invasive Species Workshop will be held in Fairbanks Oct. 25-27. The annual workshop convenes land managers, scientists, nongovernmental organizations and agricultural producers to share the latest information on invasive species detection, management and science. Registration is available online and more information can be found on the workshop website.