Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

All-day event on burning with wood scheduled June 11

June 1, 2017

A free all-day event June 11 at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks will feature presentations on burning wood for heat, electricity and biochar.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host the Interior Wood Burning event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1000 Fairbanks St. Topics will include options for residential wood boilers; choosing a wood stove; comparing pellets, chips or logs; emissions and particulates; greenhouse heat; biochar; and splitting, stacking and covering firewood. Biochar is a specially produced charcoal that is used as a soil amendment and for water filtration.

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Volunteers sought for food security project

May 15, 2017

Alaska is one of five states the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers to have the least secure food system, with a reported three- to five-day food supply available.

To better understand how food moves through Alaska, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is working with the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service on a food-mapping project. Mat-Su and Anchorage area farmers, gardeners, restaurant owners, chefs, fishermen and others interested in food distribution are invited to participate in a meeting from 1-4 p.m. May 24 in Room 208 of Kerttula Hall at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. Palmer agent Steve Brown will talk about food mapping and administer a survey.

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Health education programs offered in Fairbanks

May 3, 2017

Participants in a five-day training offered in Fairbanks during June will learn how to deliver two health education programs on the self-management of diabetes and of chronic disease.

Health professionals or community volunteers who complete the training may offer both sixweek programs at hospitals, health centers, social service agencies, senior centers and other community sites. The Stanford University Patient Education Research Center programs include information on managing symptoms, communicating with health care providers, decision-making, fighting fatigue and pain, eating healthier and monitoring blood sugar levels.

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Mat-Su Extension to lead food preservation series

April 26, 2017

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer a monthly food preservation series in Palmer that begins May 11.

Palmer Extension agent Julie Cascio will teach the classes, which include a combination of instruction and hands-on food preservation activities. Participants may choose which classes they wish to attend or take all six classes and become a master food preserver.

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Workshop offered on starting a specialty food business

April 25, 2017

Entrepreneurs who want to start and operate a specialty food business in Alaska may get guidance through a live online workshop offered May 15-18.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and the Marine Advisory Program will host the workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each night via Zoom, a computer-based videoconferencing program. The course is available statewide from any computer with a reliable connection

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Alaskans invited to 'purple up' on April 21

April 18, 2017

April is Month of the Military Child, and Alaskans are asked to “purple up” on April 21 to honor military youth.

Candi Dierenfield, the Alaska 4-H Military Partnerships program director, said wearing purple is a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military.

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