>The 2017 Delta Farm Forum is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Delta High School Small Gymnasium. View the agenda here or call the Delta District Office at 895-4215 or the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District at 895-6279 with questions.

>As part of the Back to Basics series in Anchorage, a class on fermentation will be held on Feb. 28. The class will cover kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha and other commonly fermented foods. The cost for this distance-delivered course is $10.More information and registration are available online.

>Two workshops that will be held Feb. 20 on the UAF campus will cover solar energy for growing food and emergency preparedness. Extension energy specialist Art Nash will join Tim Prather of the University of Tennessee Extension at 5:30 p.m. for solar energy for growing food production, followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on energy sources to use in case of emergency. Both workshops are free, open to the public and held at the Schaible Auditorium

Exotic Forest Pests course flier

>Extension is now offering a self-paced online course on exotic forest pests. The course cost is $60 if seeking CEUs and free if you are just interested in the topic. Topics covered include forest health and invasive species. Registration for CEUs is available online. For more information, view the class modules or the flier.

>Registration is open for the 13th Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The conference is scheduled for Feb. 21-23 in Fairbanks. Topics will include growing fruits and vegetables, reindeer and livestock ranching, birch syrup, farming and gardening in rural Alaska and marketing and sales. See the draft agenda on the conference website and register here.

>Sarah Lewis of the Juneau District Office will teach a series of food preservation classes this spring. Topics include canning soups and sauces, cottage food businesses, fermenting, canning salsa and more. The classes are being offered in partnership with the Juneau Community Schools. View the flier to see the complete schedule. Registration is available online.

>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop via videoconference March 6 in Fairbanks, Palmer, Sitka, Juneau, Valdez and Bethel. If you are in another location but would like to attend, that can be arranged. The deadline to register is Feb. 20 so participants may receive class materials and locations for the food safety class beforehand. State regulations require that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager on staff. See details here and register online.

John Siegenthaler
John Siegenthaler

>The 2017 Alaska Wood Energy Conference will feature a post-conference workshop on April 12 with John Siegenthaler. The workshop will focus on how hydronic systems supplied from biomass boilers should be designed. The cost is $200 and CEUs are available for engineers. For more information, view the flier. Registration is available online.

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

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