>Master Gardener registration is open for Fairbanks, Palmer and Delta Junction. The course is offered via videoconference in Delta Junction and live in Palmer and Fairbanks. If you’d like to learn more about gardening in Alaska and are willing to share your knowledge with others, consider signing up. For more information, see the flier for Fairbanks or register online.

>The Anchorage District Office’s fall food preservation classes begin on Sept. 24 with Canning Fish and Meat in Jars, and continue on Oct. 1 with Jams and Jellies.  For more information or to register online, click here.

>Extension has expanded and updated its berry book, Using Alaska’s Wild Berries and Other Wild Edibles, to include more recipes and information on 18 kinds of wild berries and other wild edibles. From blueberries to spruce tips, this guide includes recommendations for picking and preparing berries for storage, and methods of preserving berries by freezing, drying or canning. Copies are available at Extension district offices or by calling 877-520-5211. The price is $15.

>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop October 1 in Fairbanks and Palmer and at videoconference sites in Sitka and Petersburg. The deadline to register is September 17 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.

>Ever wondered why vegetables get freakish in the land of the midnight sun? Palmer Extension agent Steve Brown helps answer the question in this article from the National Public Radio food blog The Salt.

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

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