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Maritime Extension Project

Sunset behind the JunieBellIn Southeast Alaska, the communities are spread over hundreds of miles of islands and inlets, with no roads connecting them. On July 4, Sarah Lewis launched (literally) her first Maritime Extension Project at the helm of her familiy's 36-foot cruising trawler, the Juniebell. Maritime Extension

Women in Ag Conference a Huge Success

Women in Ag conference participants collageThe Alaska Women in Ag ‘virtual’ Conference, March 20, 2021, brought hundreds of women together via Zoom for a day of connection, networking, information exchange and fun. It featured producers from across the state, which allowed the participants to get to know people from their communities as well as their industry. Alaska Women in Agriculture

4-H At-Home Camps

An Alutiiq bracelet.Alaska 4-H was a recipient of a Rasmuson Foundation grant in 2021 to deliver camp programming. The intent was to deliver the AK Experience Camp statewide to provide youth with experiential learning opportunities and a sense of community. Kodiak 4-H Success

4-H and Invasive Slug Removal Challenge

A black slug.Since 2011, Sitka Spruce Tips 4-H club has partnered with the Sitka Conservation Society, a local environmental nonprofit, to engage youth ages 5-18 in place-based, experiential learning unique to the Tongass National Forest. Sitka Slugs

Interior 4-H Counters Pandemic Isolation

decorating pumpkins provided by the Tanana District 4-H programWhen the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Alaska went into lockdown, kids were shut up in their houses and away from their friends. Tanana 4-H

Citizen Science at Matanuska Experiment Farm

investigating bird tracks during a Walkabout WednesdayThe closure of the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center due to the pandemic made continuation of its citizen science programming challenging as people could not gather to share their passion for science. Citizen Science

Socially Distanced Community Potato Harvest

kids showing off their potato harvestThe Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center hosts an annual potato harvest for community members. The potato harvest is an opportunity for the farm to provide food for familes, while showing them where their food comes from. Potato Harvest Impact

Botanical garden partners with Nanook Grown

UAF student harvests kaleThe Georgeson Botanical Garden collaborated with the UAF Office of Sustainability to accommodate twice the number of students who usually participate in the Nanook Grown Student Gardener Training Program. The program teaches students through experiential learning how to grow their own food. Botanical Garden

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. Variety Trials

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. Grain Varieties

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. Delivering Food

MAPTS delivers on required Mine Safety and Health Administration training

A MAPTS student on equipment.Due to COVID travel restrictions, MAPTS transitioned the health and safety training to distance delivery in 2020. This allows it to reach even more students, in state and out of state. MAPTS Impact

Pandemic Inspires Creative Approaches to Youth Programming

Three 4-H youth wearing gators at public eventKenai Peninsula District 4-H rolled out a six-week 4-H On series days after the pandemic shutdown. The series engaged 15-30 youth and 4-H leaders in weekly programming. Kenai 4-H

Matanuska Experiment Farm Outreach Work

laptop with Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center website displayedDue to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center closed its doors to the public but its education and outreach activities continue by distance delivery. Mat-Su Social Media

Matanuska Experiment Farm Variety Trials

preparing bags of produce for the Snack programThe Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center participates in vegetable variety trials to help determine which varieties flourish in the Mat-Su area. Mat-Su Variety Trials

Working Through the Pandemic

preparing bags of produce for the Snack programAs a result of the pandemic, many 4-H families in Bethel have experienced limited access to child care, food resources and youth activities. Working with the Food Bank of Alaska, the Bethel 4-H Program continued its At-Risk Snack program, which provides nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children. Bethel 4-H

Radon Testing and Mitigation Assistance

sample radon kitsEvery year approximately 20,000 Americans die from lung cancer as a result of breathing in radioactive radon gas at their homes, schools and workplaces. Extension has provided educational outreach on radon for more than 30 years. Radon

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. Sitka Success Paper

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. Online Delivery Success

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. MAPTS Mine