Welcome to the Juneau District Office of the Cooperative Extension!
Southeast Alaska is defined by the waters, islands, resources and people of the Inside Passage. Fjords, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and glaciers shape landscapes that are rich with fish, minerals, forests, scenic beauty, and wildlife. For thousands of years, adventurous, capable people have made a successful living in this bountiful region, but there are always unique challenges requiring creative solutions.
To help people meet challenges and create lasting solutions, the Juneau staff and agents offer programs throughout Southeast Alaska. We are constantly working to “take the University to the people” and engage with the people of Southeast to identify and meet the needs of our many and diverse communities.
Upcoming Classes and Events
Food & Home Skills Classes
- Sauerkraut & Homemade BBQ Sauce: Feb. 10, 1-5 p.m.
- Pickling & Fermenting: Feb. 17, 1-5 p.m.
- Canning Pantry Staples: March 3, 1-6 p.m.
- Naturally Clean Home: April 7, 1-3 p.m.
- Starting a Cottage Foods Business: April 14, 1-3 p.m.
- New Class: Waste-Free Kitchen: April 22, 1-5 p.m.
Master Gardener Training!
Master gardener training that begins Feb. 7 in Juneau will teach participants how to to design, plant and maintain a successful garden in Southeast Alaska.
Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. most Wednesdays through May 16 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 21 and May 5 . The sessions will take place in the Juneau district office of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, at 450 Whittier St. Agriculture and horticulture agent Darren Snyder, other Extension staff and local experts will teach the classes.
The session will offer in-depth training to experienced gardeners on a variety of topics, including botany, soils, vegetable production, greenhouses, lawns, trees/shrubs, flowers and invasive plants. Trainees can then share their skills with the community through various service projects and other venues.
The fee is $300, of which $150 will be refunded if a trainee volunteers for at least 40 hours within a year. The fee includes a copy of the “Alaska’s Sustainable Gardening Handbook.” Registration is available online at http://bit.ly/MasterGardener2018. For more information, contact Susie Wilkie at 907-523-3280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pressure Gauge Testing at the Juneau Office
Dial gauges on pressure canners need to be tested for accuracy every year. This free service is offered at the Juneau Extension office. You don't have to bring your whole canner in, but the gauge can still be attached to your lid. Please call ahead to ensure someone is in to test your gauge, 523-3280 or you're welcome to drop it off and pick it up at a later date/time.
New Publication: Growing Great Brassicas in Alaska!
Our very own Juneau District agents, Darren Snyder and Sarah Lewis have written a publication on Growing Great Brassicas in Alaska! Brassicas belong to a large, well-known and important family (Brassicaceae) of cultivated plants that are excellent for Alaska growing conditions. Many gardeners and commercial growers appreciate them for their excellent nutritional value and because they grow well in the cool (average temperature in the 60s), long days of Alaska’s short summer season. To learn more about Brassicas click here for the publication or stop by the office to pick up a copy!
Sarah Lewis wants kale and kids to have a party!!
Research shows that helping kids have fun with vegies, even ones they say "eeewww" to, increases the chance they'll try and like then as they get older. For this reason, our very own Sarah Lewis, Family and Community Development Agent for Southeast Alaska, has written a publication to introduce kale to kids. Time for a Kale-abration offers simple and tasty recipes that can be cooked with or by kids, with a menu for a kale-themed party. Sarah has held kale-abrations with 4-H kids and Girl Scouts throughout Southeast Alaska, and now you can have a kale party with your kids, class, or youth group, too!
Coming soon: The Alaska Kids' Healthy Harvest Cookbook!
8 am - 5 pm Mon - Fri
Closed 1 pm - 2 pm
2016 Holiday Closures
Spring Recess – March 17
Memorial Day – May 29
Independance Day July 3-4
Labor Day – September 4
Thanksgiving – November 23-24
Christmas – December 25-26
New Years – January 1-2
Want to Know What’s New?
Other than here on the website, we announce our programs, events, and workshops in our newsletter and through social media.
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What’s Happening in Southeast Alaska 4-H?
Visit the Southeast Alaska 4-H website for news, events, clubs, and accolades for 4-H members and volunteers. Contact Darren at 907-523-3280 x2 for more 4-H information.
We Want to Hear Your Thoughts and Ideas!
Let us know what services we can offer in your community. In Southeast Alaska call our office at 907-523-3280. At the statewide level, please contact the Cooperative Extension Service State Advisory Council. The council advocates on behalf of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service for funding and programming with the university, state government and agencies. There are currently two members from Southeast Alaska serving on the council.