>Dec. 20 is the deadline to register for a certified food protection manager workshop that will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 15. Extension will offer the food safety training in Palmer and Fairbanks and by videoconference in Kotzebue and Sitka. Alaska regulations require food establishments to have at least one certified food protection manager on staff. See more details and register online.
>It's not too early to prepare for the 2014 garden season. Consider signing up for our online Master Gardener course if you live in a community without the training. The next session begins Feb. 18 . The noncredit class course is also ideal for individuals who want to work through the dozen lessons at their own pace. The cost of $300 includes a copy of Sustainable Gardening: The Alaska Master Gardener Manual.
>Extension will host the Alaska Produce Growers Conference Feb. 1 at the Palmer Community Center (the depot) in Palmer. Watch for an agenda and details.
>The 2014 Alaska Greenhouse and Nursery Conference will take place later in the year, instead of its usual January dates. Extension will host the 2014 conference in Anchorage. Stay tuned for dates and details.
>If you want to look like a real sourdough, consider ordering our How to Make Trapper Cap publication. Trapper caps make great Christmas presents, too. Call our toll-free line at 877-520-5211 to order.
>Extension energy specialist Art Nash will lead weekly brown bag energy workshops Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. through libraries that participate in the OWL Network. Upcoming topics include solar energy for home or cabins Dec. 10 and wind power Dec. 17. See details on the series that runs through Jan. 28 at participating libraries. Check with Carmen Kloepfer at Extension to see if your library plans to participate in the videoconferences.