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

>Being prepared for natural disasters is a part of living in Alaska. Extension has produced three new YouTube videos to help you be prepared for and recover from natural disasters. Energy Specialist Art Nash discusses recovering from a flood and preparation for extreme weather events, while Eastern Alaska Forester Glen Holt discusses what to do in preparation for a wildfire. For more information, call your local Extension office or visit the Extension publications catalog.

>The Delta Junction District Office will host Extension Week April 6–10. Class topics range from weed control to sourdough and GPS to cleaning green. Take a look at the complete schedule and call the office at 895-4215 to register.

>The Mat-Su/Copper River District Office is hosting a grant writing workshop on March 30, from 1–5 p.m live in Palmer and via videoconference in Kenai, Fairbanks, Nome and Homer. The focus will be on effective grant writing strategies for USDA Agricultural Marketing Service programs such as the Farmers’ Market Promotion Program and the Local Food Promotion Program. The workshop is free but registration is required. View the flier or call 745-3360 for more information or to register.

>The Anchorage District Office is offering an Urban Farming workshop series beginning March 11. The workshops cover topics including food production in the city, soil basics, goats, chickens and food preservation. The workshops cost $10 each or $50 for all eight. A full schedule and registration is available online. Call 786-6300 with questions.

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

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