Welcome to the Juneau District Office of the Cooperative Extension!
Southeast Alaska is defined by the waters, islands, resources and people of the Inside Passage. Fjords, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and glaciers shape landscapes that are rich with fish, minerals, forests, scenic beauty, and wildlife. For thousands of years, adventurous, capable people have made a successful living in this bountiful region, but there are always unique challenges requiring creative solutions.
To help people meet challenges and create lasting solutions, the Juneau staff and agents offer programs throughout Southeast Alaska. We are constantly working to “take the University to the people” and engage with the people of Southeast to identify and meet the needs of our many and diverse communities.
New Publication: Growing Great Brassicas in Alaska!
Our very own Juneau District agents, Darren Snyder and Sarah Lewis have written a publication on Growing Great Brassicas in Alaska! Brassicas belong to a large, well-known and important family (Brassicaceae) of cultivated plants that are excellent for Alaska growing conditions. Many gardeners and commercial growers appreciate them for their excellent nutritional value and because they grow well in the cool (average temperature in the 60s), long days of Alaska’s short summer season. To learn more about Brassicas click here for the publication or stop by the office to pick up a copy!
Haines Canning & Preserving Classes this weekend.
Wonderful article on Sarah's upcoming classes to Haines and Skagway to teach food preservation classes. You can even listen to Sarah's radio spot discussing pressure canning here. There's still room available, call Susie at 907-523-3280 to register!
Free Food Preservation Workshops in Haines!
Sarah is heading to Haines again to teach more free workshops on Preserving Wild Meat & Fish, Canning Pantry Staples at Home, Canning Soups & Sauces, Sourdough & Yogurt and Canner Gauge Testing. See our attached flier for class descriptions, times and locations. Call Susie at 907-523-3280 to pre-register!
Certified Food Protection Manager Workshops
Certified Food Protection Manager Workshop coming to Juneau! The class will be offered via video conference on Wednesday, September 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UAS campus, Egan 116. Please register online at CES Workshops.
Starting & Operating a Specialty Food Business – Interactive Online Only!
Online Meeting Times
- 5:30-8:00 pm on October 5, 7, 12, 14 and 19.
- Must attend all 5 sessions at time listed. Each class day covers different information.
Class size limited to 25 participants.
Learn how to develop and manage a successful specialty food business from inception to operation. Topics include business planning, marketing, financing, permitting, promoting, regulations and more!
- Business planning and marketing
- Financing and accounting
- Permitting and feasibility assessment
- Promoting and pricing your products
- Ways to enter the market
Course will be primarily delivered by lectures, supported by 4 homework assignments that are individualized to assist you to develop an action plan for your business.
At the end of this course, the student will understand and use the appropriate managerial and decision-making tools that are needed to start and run a specialty food business.
For more information please visit: http://www.uaf.edu/ces/small-food-business/courses/
Pressure Gauge Testing at the Juneau Office
Dial gauges on pressure canners need to be tested for accuracy every year. This free service is offered at the Extension office. Sarah will be available to test your gauges after August 19th. You don't have to bring your whole canner in, but the gauge can still be attached to your lid. Please call ahead to ensure someone is in to test your guage, 523-3280 or you're welcome to drop it off and pick it up at a later date/time.
Sarah Lewis wants kale and kids to have a party!!
Research shows that helping kids have fun with vegies, even ones they say "eeewww" to, increases the chance they'll try and like then as they get older. For this reason, our very own Sarah Lewis, Family and Community Development Agent for Southeast Alaska, has written a publication to introduce kale to kids. Time for a Kale-abration offers simple and tasty recipes that can be cooked with or by kids, with a menu for a kale-themed party. Sarah has held kale-abrations with 4-H kids and Girl Scouts throughout Southeast Alaska, and now you can have a kale party with your kids, class, or youth group, too!
Coming soon: The Alaska Kids' Healthy Harvest Cookbook!
Upcoming Classes and Events
An Alaska Herb Garden Publication
Extension is excited to announce our newest publication, An Alaska Herb Garden. A must-have for herb enthusiasts, this 74-page guide has sections on cultivating, harvesting, storing and using herbs as well as color photographs to help with identification. A useful recipe index helps you find different types of recipes or recipes that feature a specific herb. Pick up this $15 publication at our Juneau District Office, or at any of our district offices or by calling 877-520-5211.
8 am - 5 pm Mon - Fri
Closed 1 pm - 2 pm
2015 Holiday Closures
Spring Recess – March 20
Memorial Day – May 25
Independance Day July 2-3
Labor Day – September 7
Thanksgiving – November 26-27
Christmas – December 24-25
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What’s Happening in Southeast Alaska 4-H?
Visit the Southeast Alaska 4-H website for news, events, clubs, and accolades for 4-H members and volunteers. Contact Darren at 907-523-3280 x2 for more 4-H information.
We Want to Hear Your Thoughts and Ideas!
Let us know what services we can offer in your community. In Southeast Alaska call our office at 907-523-3280. At the statewide level, please contact the Cooperative Extension Service State Advisory Council. The council advocates on behalf of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service for funding and programming with the university, state government and agencies. There are currently two members from Southeast Alaska serving on the council.