A letter from Extension Director Fred Schlutt
UAF Chancellor Mike Powers on Monday approved the closure of Cooperative Extension district offices in Anchorage and Sitka, effective Oct. 28. Extension Director Fred Schlutt shares some thoughts here about how and why that decision was made. Many details remain to be worked out about how we will serve clients in those communities. Please read these FAQs for a few more answers about the Extension closures.
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>Are you thinking about summer gardening? Extension has publications to help you with  raised bed gardeninggreenhouses and selecting what to grow in InteriorSouthcentral and  Southeast Alaska. For more information on gardening in Alaska, check out the Extension publications catalog or visit your local district office.

>The Mat-Su District Office hosts a community garden at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. The garden plots are 10-by-20 feet and there is a $25 fee for shared garden tools and well costs. Call 745-3360 for more information. Application and forms are available online.

>The Anchorage District Office will offer a workshop on making sausage and jerky on June 15. Participants will learn methods of mixing and seasoning meats and the mechanics of turning spiced meat into your own sausage links as well as learn how to safely season, dry and store homemade jerky. The fee for the course is $45 and registration can be completed online. For more information please call 786-6300.

>Registration for the 2016 Alaska Growers School is open. This year’s training will focus on Alaska Native-owned farms and ranches. The course is intended for Alaska Natives or others affiliated with Alaska Native entities who are farming or ranching or hope to start. Representatives or employees of regional or village Native corporations are encouraged to participate. The webinars will be offered on Wednesdays from June 8 - August 10. More information is available online, by calling 907-452-8251, ext. 3477 or by emailing growers.school@alaska.edu.

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

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