Cooperative Extension Service News Releases
Agriculture Appreciation Day at the Farm set for Aug. 3
July 25, 2017
The Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer will host Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day at the Farm from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 3.
The free annual event has the atmosphere of a country fair with educational presentations, hayrides, animals, and a number of kids’ and family activities.
“It’s just a country event to bring awareness of agriculture in the Mat-Su Valley,” said coordinator Theresa Isaac.
Mushroom expert to lead workshop in Fairbanks
July 19, 2017
Mushroom expert Gary Laursen will lecture and lead a workshop on the wild mushrooms of the Interior July 28-30 in Fairbanks.
Participants in the Introduction to Mushrooms of Tanana Region workshop will collect, identify, and learn how to prepare and preserve wild edible mushrooms. Mushrooms will be collected in several walks around Fairbanks and identified. The workshop will also cover the ecology of mushrooms and current issues.
Georgeson peonies and wine fundraiser set for July 21
July 13, 2017
The Georgeson Botanical Garden Society will host an evening of food, wine and peonies Friday, July 21.
Wine and Peonies in the Garden will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Georgeson Botanical Garden at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The fundraiser will include a short tour of the garden, finger foods, wine and a peony bouquet. Tickets are $25 and are available at the event. The money raised will support garden operations.
Youth development series offered in Fairbanks
July 11, 2017
The Alaska 4-H program will host a three-part brown bag professional development series on positive youth development Fridays in Fairbanks, beginning July 14.
Ninety-minute workshops will begin at 11:30 a.m. They will feature trauma-sensitive yoga on July 14, youth-adult partnerships on July 21, and girls’ circle and council for boys and young men on July 28.
Gary Laursen to lead mushroom workshop in Palmer
July 7, 2017
Mycologist Gary Laursen will lecture and lead a workshop on the wild mushrooms of Southcentral Alaska Aug. 11-13 at the Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer.
The workshop, Introduction to Mushrooms of the Mat-Su Region, will include field and laboratory identification, and information on collecting, preparing and preserving edible mushrooms. The workshop will also cover the ecology of mushrooms and current issues.