>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.
>Extension has partnered with the Alaska Small Business Development Center to host two workshops in Fairbanks. Living Within Your Means will be offered April 27 and will show participants how to evaluate income and expenses and live within that reality. Ideas Into Business will be offered May 4 and will teach participants to turn an idea into a new business venture. Both workshops begin at 5:30 p.m. and cost $25. Registration is available online. For more information, view the flier or call Kathryn Dodge at 474-6497.
>Two presentations on arsenic will be offered in Fairbanks on April 28. The first will be at 5:30 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium on the UAF campus. The second will be at 7 p.m. in the Ken Kunkel Community Center in Goldstream Valley. The presentations will address where arsenic comes from, how to detect it and resources to mitigate it. Information handouts will be available. Agency representatives will include Sandrine Deglin of the Department of Health and Social Services, Cindy Christian of the Department of Environmental Conservation and Jennifer Athey of the Department of Natural Resources. For more information, contact Extension energy specialist Art Nash at 474-6366 or email@example.com.
>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.
>Join Extension and local experts this summer in Juneau to sustainably gather local, wild edible plants and learn about their uses in cooking. The first Wild Kitchen Walk will focus on wild spring greens and will be held on April 30. Registration is required by April 28 and available online. For more information, call 523-3280 or view the flier.
>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.