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Vegetable Variety Trials

women planting spinachAlaska’s climate is changing and growing seasons have lengthened in many areas of Alaska. It may be possible to grow different vegetable varieties than have grown here previously. Plant breeders also develop new varieties and update older varieties. Continued trials in different locations are important to determine what will grow best where, so the information can be shared with gardeners and farmers, strengthening Alaska's food security. Read more

Grain Varieties and Cultivation Methods

wheat harvest at experiment farmDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, many Alaskans faced food security issues stemming from the state's dependence on out-of-state food suppliers. Shipments from Outside were limited and in-state suppliers could not meet public demand for agronomic crops. Read more

Delivering Food Donations and Nutrition Information in a Pandemic

vegetables with nutrition fliersThe U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that one in seven Alaskans struggles with hunger and good security issues. During the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment rates increased, putting greater strain on food resources throughout the state, including the MatSu area. Read more

Master Gardener Class Comes To Sitka

a greenhouse in SoutheastThe agriculture and horticulture Extension agent based in Sitka retired in 2013 and the office was reorganized as an outreach center without an agent. Research-based gardening education in the community was piecemeal and infrequent, despite high interest in the topic. Read more

Getting Creative During the Pandemic

young girl holding basket of tomatillosThe Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center closed its doors to the public in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Extension specializes in hands-on public outreach, so this created a significant barrier. Read more

MAPTS Mine Training for Rural Residents

equipment trainingAlaska's rural regions are mineral-rich and home to several production mines that employ thousands of people in well-paying jobs. Too often, the people living in or near these mines have not benefited from their stable and long-term employment. Read more