>Extension offices around the state will be closed in observance of the Fourth of July holiday July 3-4. Normal office hours resume Wednesday, July 5.
>Free testing of pressure canner dial gauges will be available at the Anchorage Outreach Center on June 28 and July 19 from 12-3 p.m. It is important to have pressure canner dial gauges checked annually to ensure home canned food is safely processed. Pressure canners with weighted gauges do not need to be checked. For more information, call 786-6300.
>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop via videoconference August 1 in Fairbanks, Palmer, Sitka, Juneau, Valdez and Delta Junction. If you are in another location but would like to attend, that can be arranged. The deadline to register is July 18 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.
>Julie Cascio will teach a class about canning fruits and tomatoes at the Mat-Su/Copper River district office on July 13. The workshop is part of a series of canning and food preservation classes that continue through October. The cost is $25. Registration is available online. For more information, view the flier or call 745-3360.
>As you gear up to preserve your fish catch this summer, let Extension help you to do it safely and effectively. We have publications on canning, freezing, smoking fish and more. Check out all of our publications online. District offices will test pressure canner gauges for free to ensure they are adjusted correctly to preserve fish safely. Contact your district office or call 877-520-5211.
>Tribes Extension Educator Heidi Rader and Extension are putting together short YouTube videos on gardening in Alaska. See the first 6-minute video with tips on getting started in your garden. The video series, called “In the Alaska Garden with Heidi Rader,” will continue most weeks through August. Get notifications on when new videos are posted by subscribing to Extension YouTube channel.