>Geneva Wright, a 4-H member from Tanana, met with President Obama in the Oval Office April 13 as part of an eight-member 4-H contingent from rural communities around the country. A blog post by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who also met with the students, noted “each one of them had an inspiring story about how they are opening new doors for kids in their hometowns, and how this work is building stronger communities where they can learn, play and grow.” Read the full story about the visit or learn more about Alaska 4-H.
>Extension will be hosting management classes in May in Anchorage as part of the Professional and Workforce Development Program. The one- and two-day classes apply toward the Certified Public Manager Program but are open to anyone interested in professional development. The program is a nationally accredited management development program designed to develop management, supervision and leadership skills. One-day classes are $125 and two-day classes are $250. Registration and a full schedule are available online. Contact Juella Sparks for more information at 907-474-7115.
>The 2014 School of Natural Resources and Extension Annual Highlights is now available online. Check it out on the Annual Highlights website or flip through the magazine version. See stories about the school, AFES and Extension work, including the new herb guide, peonies, Deltana canola, Extension’s centennial, using technology to reach clients, 4-H activities, and the Boreal Alaska – Learning, Adaptation, and Production (BAKLAP) project.
>Save the date for April Fowls and Foods Weekend, hosted by the Juneau District Office April 25–26. Classes will include chickens, coop building, animal health, canning, emergency food, wild edibles and more. View the flier, register online or call 523-3280 for more information.
>The Tanana District Office in Fairbanks is hosting Spring Extension Week April 20 – 26. Classes include birch tapping, growing garlic in Alaska, homemade bread, Zumba and many more. Most of the classes are free, but space is limited. View the schedule or call 474-1530 for registration and more information.