UAF photo by Todd Paris Birch sap is collected in buckets at the University of Alaska Fairbanks during the 2016 season.

>Spring is when the birch sap starts to flow. We have information on tapping trees in our publication, “Backyard Birch Tapping Basics.” There is information on when to collect sap and how to choose the right-size trees, insert taps (spiles), collect and store the sap, and process the sap into syrup. For more information or with questions about birch tapping, call 877-520-5211.

>The Kenai Peninsula District office has two more Learning for Life workshops coming up. Tuesday, April 24, will be The Basics of Canning with Linda Tannehill and Tuesday, May 2, will be Preventing Garden Pests with Janice Chumley. These workshops will be helped at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank Fireweed Diner at 33955 Community College Drive in Soldotna from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The workshops are free. For more information, call 262-5824.

>Juneau Extension agent Sarah Lewis is hosting Wild Kitchen Walks this summer. Find local plants and learn about their uses in cooking. The next workshop will be on June 3. The cost is $40 and registration is available online. To see the full schedule, view the flier. For more information, call 523-3280.

>Tribes Extension Educator Heidi Rader is teaching a workshop in Fairbanks on April 30 about which vegetable varieties grow well in Fairbanks. Heidi will also demonstrate the Grow&Tell mobile app. The app gives you a way to conduct home variety trials as a citizen scientist. The workshop is free, but please pre-register by calling 474-1530. For more information, view the flier.

>April is Financial Literacy Month. Extension has a publication category, Family Resource Management, with publications like “Outside Financial Help,” “Mustering Your Forces,” “The Permanent Home Filing System” and more. These publications can help you be more financially savvy and organized. For more financial information or other questions, call 877-520-5211 to be connected with an agent in your area.

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

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