Alaska Mushroom

>Mycologist Gary Laursen will lead mushroom identification workshops in Fairbanks July 27-29 and in Palmer  Aug. 3-5. If you want to collect, identify, prepare and/or preserve wild edible mushrooms, this course is for you. The fee is $100 for the entire course or $20 for the  Friday  night lecture only. See details or register online for either workshop. For more information about the workshop in Fairbanks, call Extension at 474-1530, or in Palmer, 745-3360.

>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop via videoconference July 25 in Bethel, Craig, Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer, Sitka and Unalaska. If you are in another location but would like to attend, that can be arranged. The deadline to register is July 11 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.

>The Mat-Su/Copper River District office continues its Third Thursday series on July 19 with Alaska Wild Berries. This class will provide information on Alaska berries, how to identify edible or toxic berries, where and when to pick and storage tips. This class is free, but registration is recommended. Call 745-3360 for more information or to register.

>Learn about the variety trials that are being conducted at the Georgeson Botanical Garden in Fairbanks. Three workshops will cover the varieties, growth habits and best practices for growing the crops. This workshop series begins on August 7 with carrots, beets and beans. Sign up at and view the flier for the full scheduleLet us know which crops you think we should be testing by taking this short survey

>4-H families, alumni and friends are invited to join in a trail cleanup on August 7 in Anchorage at the Westchester Lagoon and Coastal Trail. From 2-5 p.m. there will be trail cleanup and recycling, environmental education, activities and games and a picnic. For questions or to volunteer, contact Lee at 745-3360 or

>For those looking to identify pests, plants or plant diseases, Extension has a citizen monitoring portal that makes life easier. Submit information on where you found the pest, plant or plant disease and include a photo. The information submitted is sent to a statewide team who will promptly respond with information regarding the sample. As needed, pertinent information can be sent to local or state land resource managers who may quickly respond to potential problems.

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

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