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
Fairbanks orchardist Steve Masterman will teach beginning and intermediate classes on grafting apple trees. All classes will meet in the Arctic Health Research Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ West Ridge. The beginner class will meet from 6-9 p.m. April 25 or 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27. The intermediate class will meet from 2-5 p.m. April 28. The beginning class will cover the basics of apple grafting, which varieties of apples grow best in the Fairbanks area and which rootstock will be hardy in your location. Participants will graft four apple trees to take home. Read more
Julie Riley will teach a series of vegetable gardening classes that begins April 17 in Fairbanks. Riley, a horticulture agent for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, said five classes will cover everything gardeners need to know to grow and harvest their own food. The series is called Grow Your Own Food: Vegetable Gardening for the Uninitiated. Topics will include garden planning, seed starting, soil preparation, organic soil amendments and fertilizers, and growing warm and cool season crops. Read more
- Celebrate spring in Palmer with a spring fling!The Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center will celebrate spring on Saturday, April 13, with 11 free community classes. One-hour classes will be offered 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. as part of Spring Fling with Extension. Three sessions are full but registration is open for classes on gardening myths, composting, emergency preparedness and … Continue reading Celebrate spring in Palmer with a spring fling!
- Women’s History Month: Celebrating Lydia Fohn-HansenMarch is National Women’s History Month and is intended to celebrate women’s contributions to history. We decided to celebrate Lydia Fohn-Hansen, who was an integral part of the Cooperative Extension Service’s beginnings in Alaska. Lydia Fohn-Hansen came to Alaska in 1925 after seeing a notice on a bulletin board that Dr. Charles Bunnell, then the … Continue reading Women’s History Month: Celebrating Lydia Fohn-Hansen
- Type 2 diabetes prevention class offered in PalmerA year-long program designed to help individuals lose weight and lower their risk for developing Type 2 diabetes will be offered in Palmer, beginning April 16. Melissa Clampitt, a program assistant with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, has been trained to lead the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The class will focus on making … Continue reading Type 2 diabetes prevention class offered in Palmer
- 3 Ways to Give Your Savings Account a Little BoostFeb. 25 – March 2 is America Saves Week! This post is shared from the America Saves Week team. Extension has more information about saving and money management online. By Tammy Bruzon, America Saves Digital Engagement Strategist What does “saving the extra” mean to you? Whether it is putting change in a piggy bank or moving everything not … Continue reading 3 Ways to Give Your Savings Account a Little Boost