>The Tanana District Office in Fairbanks is hosting Spring Extension Week May 9 - 13. The week will feature free mini classes on topics like raised bed gardening, chickens, making cheese and more. All classes are free, but registration is required because space is limited. Registration is available online. For more information, visit the Tanana District website or call 474-1530.
>The Mat-Su District Office hosts a community garden at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. The garden plots are 10-by-20 feet and there is a $25 fee for shared garden tools and well costs. Call 745-3360 for more information. Application and forms are available online.
>The Anchorage District Office will offer a workshop on making sausage and jerky on June 15. Participants will learn methods of mixing and seasoning meats and the mechanics of turning spiced meat into your own sausage links as well as learn how to safely season, dry and store homemade jerky. The fee for the course is $45 and registration can be completed online. For more information please call 786-6300.
>Registration for the 2016 Alaska Growers School is open. This year’s training will focus on Alaska Native-owned farms and ranches. The course is intended for Alaska Natives or others affiliated with Alaska Native entities who are farming or ranching or hope to start. Representatives or employees of regional or village Native corporations are encouraged to participate. The webinars will be offered on Wednesdays from June 8 - August 10. More information is available online, by calling 907-452-8251, ext. 3477 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
>Extension is surveying owners of Alaska small businesses and startups to help determine what types of technical assistance would help them be more successful. Economic development specialist Kathryn Dodge said the results of the anonymous online survey will be shared with small business support organizations around the state and published on the Extension website. Responses are requested by May 9. To participate in the survey, go to http://bit.ly/Small_Business_Survey. For additional information, contact Kathryn at email@example.com or 907-474-6497.
>The Mining Extension program has scheduled a number of basic prospecting and placer mining workshops around the state, from April 23 to May 10. If registered 10 days prior to class date, the fee is $50. After 10 days prior and up to class date, fee is $75. See the complete schedule and register online. For more information or to schedule a workshop in your community, contact Meg Burgett at 907-746-9472.