>Are you thinking about summer gardening? Extension has publications to help you with seed starting and transplanting, raised bed gardening and greenhouses. For more information on gardening in Alaska, check out the Extension publications catalog or visit your local district office.

>April marks the Month of the Military Child, which is a time to honor and celebrate military children. Alaska 4-H is inviting everyone to wear purple on Friday, April 21, as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. For more information, contact Candi Dierenfield a cldierenfield@alaska.edu or Georgia Sandgren at georgia.sandgren@k12.northstar.org.

>Extension is hosting a workshop for prospective small food business owners. The four-part workshop, Starting and Operating a Specialty Food Business in Alaska, will be held May 15-18 from 6-8:30 p.m. The course is being offered online statewide and is available on any computer with a reliable Internet connection. The instructors are Sarah Lewis of Extension and Quentin Fong, the seafood marketing specialist with the Marine Advisory Program. See details here and sign up online.

>The Mat-Su District Office hosts a community garden at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. The garden plots are 10-by-20 feet and there is a $25 fee for shared garden tools and well costs. Call 745-3360 for more information. Application and other forms are available online.

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>Extension’s Professional and Workforce Development program is now offering AlaskaHost classes. The classes give you the tools to provide quality customer service and are designed for those working in the Alaska visitor industry. Class topics include customer service essentials, telephone customer service, serving customers with disabilities and Alaska in your backyard: learn about the last frontier. AlaskaHost classes are scheduled in Fairbanks and can be arranged in other communities upon request. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Anna-Mariah Kelly at 907-474-5402.

>The Statewide Alaska Master Gardener conference is being hosted in Palmer by the Mat-Su Master Gardeners Association on April 22. Speakers include Mat-Su agent Steve Brown. More information and registration is available on the conference website.

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

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