Health, Home and Family Development (HHFD)

The HHFD program for the Southeast Districts of UAF Extension is lead by Sarah Lewis in the Juneau office. Her program areas include:

Food preservation
Home & life skills
Home design & energy use
Family emergency preparedness
Local food resources
Food entrepreneurship & small business development

Contact her with questions at 907-796-6241 or at
If she doesn't have the answer, she'll find someone who does.

On Capital Chat this Month...

REAL Easter Eggs

When I was 7, I sat with my grandmother at her yellow kitchen table in Southern California and decorated Easter eggs. I did big swaths of color and she did lovely detailed leaves and flowers to finish them off. Then I remember hunting for those eggs on her lawn of manicured clover (seriously! She took tweezers to any blade of grass that dared peek through. It was the best lawn I've ever laid down on), and in her azalias, palms and lemon tree.

I figure there was some chocolate and candy that Easter... but I don't remember it. I remember the time I spent with my grandma and those colored eggs.

This Easter, increase the number of real eggs in your family holiday. Spend some time coloring them with your kids or grandkids, or color some for your neighbor children. Something that reduces costs, increases nutrition, and increases fun, all at the same time? That's a good holiday tradition!

Here are some tips and ideas for your Easter egg tradition:
How to Boil Perfect Eggs
Coloring Eggs with Natural Dyes
4 Easy Ways to Dye and Decorate Eggs

The easiest way to use those beautiful eggs is in your kids' and your own packed lunches, or sliced into salads. But here are three other recipes for egg snacks with a zing:
Chinese Tea Eggs
Curry Deviled Eggs
Pickled Eggs


Spring Cleaning - Naturally

There's a lot of "greenwashing" in the cleaners section of the grocery store. And many of those "Green," "Natural," and "Environmentally Friendly" products are effective. But you can often clean your home just as effectively with some basic ingredients found in other sections of the store, and for significantly less money.

Why might you consider doing this? Clean indoor air is pretty important in our Southeast Alaska climate, where doors and windows stay closed for most of the year. The Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) that can fill indoor air, and the liquid chemicals we often have in our cleaning cupboards, can be irritating at best (imitation floral & fruit smells) or toxic at worst.

Here's a good general publication to guide you and a list of basic products to have in your cleaning cupboard:
Cleaning Healthy, Cleaning Green, by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
Disinfectants: Household bleach, white vinegar, pine oil (used in very small amounts)
Grease cutters: Baking soda, washing soda, Borax
Acids: lemon juice, white vinegar
Surfactant (dirt grabber): vegetable oil-based liquid soap (Castile soap)

And some recipes for a few natural cleaning solutions using the above ingredients.



Small Business Development Classes

Starting a Small Business - March 27, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Writing a Business Plan - April 3, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Social Media and Mobile Marketing for Small Business - April 22, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Understanding and Accessing Credit as a Small Business - April 24, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Each class will be $25. To register, go to For more information, contact Kathryn Dodge, 907-474-6497 or

Click on the picture to see a full-size flyer.

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