UPDATE on the Anchorage and Sitka office closures: Extension now has a clearer picture of the impact on our budget by the reduction in state appropriations to the university. It is clear that Extension cannot continue business as usual. However, there have been developments that might enable Extension to open smaller, more focused offices in Anchorage and Sitka. These offices would not have specific faculty assigned to them but would build on Extension's statewide mission using distance delivery of programs and hands-on programs with agents and local experts.

>Master Gardener registration is open for the Mat-Su Valley. The course is offered at the Big Lake Library starting Sept. 9. If you’d like to learn more about gardening in Alaska and are willing to share your knowledge with others, consider signing up. Registration can be completed online. For more information or questions, call the Mat-Su/Copper River District Office at 786-6630 or email Steve Brown at scbrown4@alaska.edu.

>The Juneau District Office is hosting a Wild Kitchen Retreat on Aug. 28. The retreat will include sessions on enjoying Juneau’s wild edible plants and berries, from finding and foraging to cooking and preserving. Opportunities for foraging hikes and hands-on cooking will be available. The cost is $80 and registration can be completed online. Email Sarah Lewis for more information or call the Juneau District Office at 523-3280.

>As fall approaches, it is time to start thinking about harvesting your garden. Whether you want to preserve your harvest by freezing or canning, we can help. We also have a publication with a fall/winter checklist for gardeners so you can be ready for the next spring. If you have other questions, take a look at our complete publication catalog or give us a call at 877-520-5211.

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

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