>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.
>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.
>Extension and the UAF Community and Technical College will host six small business workshops during October and November. The workshops will be offered live in Fairbanks and by videoconference in Delta Junction, Juneau, Soldotna and Kodiak. The series kicks off on Oct. 9 with Starting a Small Business and continues through Nov. 13 with classes such as Writing a Business Plan, Legal Forms of Business and How to Get a Small Business Loan. See the flier for details and videoconference locations and register online.
>Tanana District will celebrate Fall Extension Week Oct. 13 – 17 with 14 free classes on everything from cleaning green and information for new livestock farmers to Zumba and private woodlot management for firewood. See the full schedule and sign up by calling 474-1530.
>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.
>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.