>Extension is excited to announce our newest publication, An Alaska Herb Garden. A must-have for herb enthusiasts, this 74-page guide has sections on cultivating, harvesting, storing and using herbs as well as color photographs to help with identification. A useful recipe index helps you find different types of recipes or recipes that feature a specific herb. Pick up this $15 publication at any of our district offices or by calling 877-520-5211.
>January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can be a serious home health issue, especially in areas where there is uranium in the soil. With proper testing and management, you can have a radon-free environment. Extension has publications on radon, a DVD and radon test kits to help you detect radon in your home as well as mitigate it. Visit your local district office or call 877-520-5211 to order any of the radon publications.
>Extension and the UAF Community and Technical College will host six small business workshops in January, February and March. Five of the workshops will be offered live in Fairbanks, by videoconference in Anchorage or on your home computer by arrangement. The series kicks off on Jan. 26 with Social Media and Mobile Marketing for Business, which is offered only in Fairbanks, and continues on Jan. 29 with Record Keeping and Taxes for Agricultural Business. Register online, view the flier for more information or call Kathryn Dodge at 474-6497.
>The Juneau District Office is hosting an open house on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 12 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy local food snacks, learn about classes and programs offered each year and meet the Extension agents who serve Southeast Alaska. The office is located at 450 Whittier St., Suite 128. Call 523-3280 for more information.
>Extension will be hosting a certified food protection manager training on Feb. 4 in Fairbanks and Palmer. The training will also be offered via videoconference in Kodiak, Unalaska and Craig. The training will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has a $200 fee, which includes one certification exam. Register online by Jan. 23, see the flier for more information or call 907-474-2420.
>Extension is hosting a workshop for prospective small food business owners. The five-part workshop, Starting and Operating a Specialty Food Business in Alaska, will begin Feb. 3 and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays through Feb 17. It will be offered by videoconference in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kodiak and Sitka. The instructors are Kate Idzorek of Extension and Quentin Fong, the seafood marketing specialist with the Marine Advisory Program. See details here and sign up online.
>Extension will offer a training for pesticide applicators Jan. 26 – 28. The training is available via videoconference in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Delta Junction, Kenai Peninsula and other areas as needed. The cost of the three-day session is $55 and covers all materials and testing. For more information call Janice Chumley at 907-262-5824, see the flier or register online.
>Registration is open for the 2015 Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The conference is to be held March 3 – 5 in Fairbanks. Registration, agenda and other information are available on the conference website.