The public is invited to celebrate Alaska agriculture May 5 at the Georgeson Botanical Garden. The Interior Alaska Food Network and the botanical garden will host Alaska Agriculture Day 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free family activities and educational booths representing more than 25 community groups and organizations. Activities will include painting a plant pot, barley toss, face painting, garden tours, planting a seed starter for sunflowers or marigolds, and several games, such as ladybug tic-tac-toe. The Alaska OneTree Program will demonstrate how to make birch syrup, and participants may learn about beekeeping, conservation, sustainability and growing herbs. There will also be swallow nests from the Alaska Songbird Institute and farm equipment. Read more

Certified food protection manager training will take place by videoconference May 22 in several Alaska communities. Locations include Fairbanks, Palmer, Juneau, Sitka and other communities as requested. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer the food safety management workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. State regulations require that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager on staff to ensure compliance with food safety regulations. Read more

Registration is open for the AK Experience summer camp in Haines. The seven-day residential 4-H camp will take place July 22-28 at the Rainbow Glacier Camp facility and is open to all youths ages 11-18. The camp focuses on outdoors skills and activities, including hiking, fishing, kayaking and harvesting wild edibles. Experienced camp leaders will also teach outdoor cooking, firearms skills and safety, archery, wilderness survival skills, using a GPS and more. Participants will gain a new awareness about conservation issues, resource management and harvest ethics. Read more

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