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November 30, 2023 12PM-1PM

Canning Meat in Jars

Pressure canning is a safe and efficient way to preserve nutritious foods. Unfortunately, many people are intimidated by pressure canning. This class will discuss the methods of heat processing low acid food in jars, use and care of a pressure canner, methods of preparing meat, fish, and vegetables to place in jars, making stock and soup. Determining the canned product is correctly processed and sealed and storage of canned food will also be covered in this class.
This class will be held on Zoom, distance delivery so you can join on your phone or computer from a convenient location. If you are not available at the time the class is live, still register and you will receive a recording of the presentation afterward.
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January 4, 2023 2-3 PM

Winter Gardening: Microgreens and Herb Gardening 

In person

In the winter months, we all miss the freshness of our local farmers markets from the summer, but what can we do? We have ideas for you! Join Theresa and Ann as we share ideas and instructions on how to easily grow your own microgreens and herbs inside your home. We will meet in the Blue Room which is located on the first floor of Kerttula Hall, take an immediate left as you enter the building. 

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We are located at 1509 S. Georgeson Dr in Palmer at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. Find us with Google Maps!

Phone: 907-745-3360

Fax: 907-745-6268


Hours: Monday: 10:00AM - 4:30PM Tuesday- Friday:  8:00AM - 4:30PM

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Holiday Open House

Mark your calendars and join us for our Open House on December 8th!

We know Christmas feels like a long way off but it is fast approaching! We are preparing for our open house on December 8th, in conjunction with Palmer's Colony Christmas weekend. This will be a great family friendly outing with lots of games, activities, and opportunities to learn about the work we are doing. We will have extension agents and staff here to answer questions and hand out information. Join us for some hot chocolate, cookies, pony rides, caroling, tree lighting, and much more. Stop by anytime between 4-6 PM
1509 S. Georgeson Dr. Palmer, AK 99645
If there is a specific topic that you would like assistance with please contact one of our staff who are available to schedule a meeting or correspond via email/phone:
Steve Brown, Agriculture/Horticulture and Natural Resources Agent   907-745-3639

Jessica Bird, Event Coordinator and Marketing      907-746-9478

Julie Cascio, Health, Home & Family Development Agent 907-745-3677 

Melissa Clampitt, Program Coordinator  907-745-3551

Caley Gasch, Soil Science Research Asst Professor 907-746-9475

Adair Harmon, Nutrition Education     907-745-3423

Kalea Hogate, 4H Program Coordinator  907-745-3679

Theresa Isaac, Senior Administrative Assistant  907-746-9481

Cindy Jackson, Nutrition Education  907-746-9493

Alex Johnson, Building Maintenance and Plant Operation 907-745-4866

Jeff Johnson, Co-Manager MEFEC  907-745-4866

Ann Kowenstrot, 4H Program Systems Manager & Co-Manager MEFEC 907-746-9499

Joey Slowik, Integrated Pest Management 907-746-9489

Rebecca Yoder, Front Desk Administrative Assistant 907-745-3360