Cooperative Extension Service News Releases
Fermentation guru Sandor Katz to give lecture
August 4, 2015
Fermentation expert Sandor Katz will give a lecture Aug. 17 from 6-9 p.m. in the Murie Building auditorium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Tickets for the lecture are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Katz is the author of three books on fermentation — “Wild Fermentation,” “The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved” and “The Art of Fermentation,” which received a James Beard award in 2012.
Mushroom expert to lead workshop in Palmer
July 30, 2015
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service office in Palmer will host mycologist Gary Laursen Aug. 21-23 for a workshop on collecting, identifying and preparing wild edible mushrooms.
Laursen, who holds a doctorate in botany and ecology, has studied Arctic, sub-Arctic and sub-Antarctic fungi around the world for more than 40 years.
Matanuska Farm marks Agriculture Appreciation Day
July 29, 2015
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer will host Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day on Aug. 6 with activities, live animals, tours and music.
The free annual event, from noon to 5 p.m., will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the site selection for the research experiment station. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Mayor Larry DeVilbiss will provide opening remarks.
Donations sought for children's winter clothing drive
July 16, 2015
Donations of children’s winter clothing are sought as part of a winter gear drive for young Fairbanks children.
The clothing drive is co-hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks 4-H Military Partnerships and the Fairbanks Families/Best Beginnings programs. 4-H agent Candi Dierenfield said the goal is to help Fairbanks-area children stay safe and warm while being physically active outside during the cold winters.
Wildfire defensible space workshop offered
July 13, 2015
A workshop about creating wildfire defensible space around homes will be offered July 16 at the North Pole Fire Department.
The free public workshop will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, the Alaska Division of Forestry and the fire department.
Exchange program seeks host families
July 10, 2015
The Alaska 4-H Exchange Program is seeking host families for Japanese students participating in a four-week summer exchange.
Twenty-one Japanese students, ages 12 to 18, will be in Alaska from July 25 to Aug. 23. Four host families are sought in the Fairbanks, Healy and Delta Junction areas as well as three families in Southcentral communities on the road system. Families with host siblings of the same gender and age range are preferred.