The Delta office serves the general population along the Alaska Highway from Mile 1370 to Mile 1442 and along the Richardson Highway from Mile 180 to Mile 300. This area includes the communities of Delta Junction, Big Delta, Delta Clearwater, Fort Greely and Dry Creek.
Population estimates for this area are approximately 5,100. Nearly 25 percent of these residents are transient workers who are in the United States Armed Forces or work seasonally in the area.
You can find us atáMile Post 1420.5 Alaska Highway, Jarvis Office Center located next to the Alaska State Troopers. Reach us by phone at 907-895-4215
P.O. Box 349
Delta Junction, AK 99737
2018 Extension Month in Delta
Join the Cooperative Extension Service and the Delta Partners for Progress in celebrating the arrival of spring with four weeks of FREE mini classes. Classes run from 1 to 3 hours and will be held either in the CES Conference Room in the Jarvis Office Center or at the Delta Career Advancement Center. Space is limited and some classes will be providing supplies, so please register with the Extension office in Delta by contacting Christy or Phil at 895-4215 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the office, located in the Jarvis Office Center, Room 114, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Week 1, March 5-9
Registration deadline March 5
Wednesday, March 7, 6-8 p.m. — Broken Pottery/Mosaic Stepping Stone or Bird Bath, Nancy King, Local Artist. Learn how to make a stepping stone or bird bath basin in this hands-on class. Nancy will have examples and supplies to inspire you to create your own unique outdoor piece. CES Conference Room; seating is limited.
Thursday, March 8, 6-8 p.m. — Projects with Willow, Nancy King, Local Artist. Learn how to make a willow feature for indoors or outdoors in this hands-on class. Nancy will have examples and supplies to inspire you to create your own unique willow work. Please bring nippers if you have them. CES Conference Room; seating is limited.
Week 2, March 12-16
Registration deadline March 8
Tuesday, March 13, 1-2 p.m.; repeated at 6-7 p.m. Salves and Tinctures, Colin Barnard, Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District and Outdoor Enthusiast. Because of the popularity of this class and limited seating, Colin will offer two lectures if there is a need. Colin will demonstrate how to make spruce-pitch salve and Balm of Gilead. He will also show how to make two types of tinctures - one for anti-cramping from highbush cranberry bark and another for headaches from willow bark. CES Conference Room
Friday, March 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fermentation, Leslie Shallcross, Health, Home and Family Development Agent, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Fairbanks. What was once considered old-fashioned has become newly popular. In this hands-on class, you will learn about fermentation, probiotics, prebiotics and health, and practice making a variety of fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and keifer. Leslie will have examples and supplies to create healthy and delicious fermented products, and she will discuss the art and history of fermentation. CES Conference Room; seating is limited.
Week 3, March 19-23
Registration deadline March 15
Tuesday, March 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Birch Tapping, Tammie Kovalenko, Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District Youth Development Agent. Learn how to tap a birch tree and what to do with the birch water. Tammie will have examples and supplies to inspire the birch tapper in all of us. Delta Career Advancement Center
Wednesday, March 21, 6-8 p.m. High Tunnel Management, Janice Chumley, IPM/Research Technician, UAF Cooperative Extension Service. Janice has a wealth of knowledge regarding high tunnel management, including environmental controls, what pests to keep an eye out for and what crops benefit from the controlled environment. Delta Career Advancement Center
Thursday, March 22, 9-10 a.m. Vegetable Storage in Root Cellars, Agriculture and Horticulture Agent Phil Kaspari and IPM/Research Technician Janice Chumley, UAF Cooperative Extension Service. Phil and Janice will discuss how to manage your root cellar for optimum success when storing fresh produce. You’ll find out which vegetables store well, proper temperatures, humidity requirements and storage time. Delta Career Advancement Center
Thursday, March 22, 10-11 a.m. Garden Tool Sharpening and Care, Agriculture and Horticulture Agent Phil Kaspari and IPM/Research Technician Janice Chumley, UAF Cooperative Extension Service. Janice and Phil will give a demonstration on tool sharpening. Bring either a hoe or shovel to get some hands-on experience with sharpening your tools. Please be sure to mark your name on your tool to avoid confusion. Delta Career Advancement Center
Thursday, March 22, 1-2:30 p.m. Organic Practices Q&A, IPM/Research Technician Janice Chumley, UAF Cooperative Extension Service
Week 4 March 26-30
Registration deadline March 22
Wednesday, March 28, 6-7 p.m. Strategies for Growing a Highly Productive, Intensive, Small-Space Garden, Agriculture and Horticulture Agent Julie Riley, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Fairbanks. How many vegetables and herbs can you squeeze into a raised bed garden? Extension agent Julie Riley planted 24 varieties of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers in a 50-square-foot organic garden this past summer. She measured garden productivity, calculated the value of the produce grown and recorded the cost, time and amount of water it took to grow a beautiful garden. Join Julie as she describes her planting process, harvesting techniques and the strategies used to grow a highly productive garden. Delta Career Advancement Center
Wednesday, March 28, 7:15-8:15 p.m. Growing Giant Vegetables, Agriculture and Horticulture Agent Julie Riley, UAF Cooperative Extension Service. Delta Career Advancement Center
To Be Announced — Dollars and Cents: Making Sense of Your Farm Accounting and Farm Taxes, Margaret Adsits, Alaska Farmland Trust. Possible topics include preparing your annual budget, effective record keeping, putting together a budget, analyzing revenue streams, the in’s and out’s of farm taxes, online resources, lease agreements and exploring the Alaska Farmlink program to learn how to help build Alaska’s agricultural future. Delta Career Advancement Center