Kenai Peninsula District Office

spring webinars
Register for the Spring Wednesday Webinars 

(You must register for each webinar you wish to attend, click below)

March 23, Seed Starting from Scratch

March 30, Large seed starts, Corn, Pumpkins, and Potting Soil

April 6, Soil Testing and Interpretation for Garden and Farms

April 13, Working with Fertilizers and Compost

April 20, Warming Things Up with Plastic, Glass, and Plastic Mulch

April 27, Raised Rows, Raised Beds, and How to Make Them

May 4, Herb Gardening, Inside and Out

May 11, Seeding Directly into the Garden

May 18, Planting Potatoes

May 25, Hardening Plants and Transplanting to the Garden

June 1, Composting, No Time to Waste


Soil Testing and Interpretation

Visit our soil testing page for all the information you need to test your soil and interpret how much fertilizer you need (plus free online calculators).

AgHort Outdoor Webpage
Loaded with resources and links for farms and gardens - Including a compendium of COVID-19 Resources (click here) 


Range and Livestock Calculators
Spruce Bark Beetles: What you need to know 

Spruce Bark Beetles are making an impact on spruce trees across the Kenai Peninsula.  Click here then type"bark beetle" in the search box in order to:

  • learn what bark beetles are and how they damage trees.
  • learn bark beetle groups in Alaska.
  • learn signs and symptoms of bark beetle activity.
  • learn potential bark beetle threats to Alaska.
  • become familiar with the vocabulary of bark beetles.

For even more information, view Spruce Bark Beetles: Tree Management Options for Home and Woodlot Owners for Southcentral and Interior Alaska

43961 K-Beach Rd, Suite A

Soldotna, AK 99669

Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm
Closed for lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
The Kenai Peninsula District Cooperative Extension Service Office is open to the public. We want to serve you with your specific needs but sometimes we are helping others. 
Please call our office at (907) 262-5824, to schedule an appointment with a specific agent or to have your canner gauge tested.
FREE - Pressure Canner Dial Gauge Testing in Homer!
  • Date: Friday, May 20, 2022
  • Time: Noon - 3pm
  • Location: Ulmer's Hardware Store, 3858 Lake Street, Homer

Bring your dial gauge (and pressure canner if you would like that checked as well). Cooperative Extension Service Publications on food preservation will also be available. Make sure your gauge is tested for accuracy yearly!

You can access and download all of our free publications anytime at

Kenai Peninsula 4-H

 The 2021-22 4-H year officially began October 1 and runs through the last day of September. Please contact Cassy Rankin, 4-H Program Coordinator on the Kenai Peninsula at 907.398.3588 for information on which club will best suit your needs. It's not to late to begin your 4-H journey and "Learn by Doing."

The Family Nutrition Program

We  offer  all programming via live-streamed Zoom sessions, including the popular nutrition lessons for elementary students. Currently we are in the process of hiring for this position.

Kenai Peninsula Faculty & Staff :
  • Associate Professor of Extension, Agriculture and Horticulture, Western SARE State Coordinator, IPM Statewide Coordinator, Produce Safety Coordinator: Casey Matney, Ph.D.,, 907.262.3443
  • 4-H Program Coordinator: Cassy Rankin,, 907.262.3441
  • Administrative Assistant: Vicki Heinz,, 907.262.3442
  • Nutrition Educator: This position is in the process of being filled.
  • Home, Health and Family Agent: This faculty position is in the process of being filled. In the meantime, please continue to reach out to our office with your questions, we will route them to the appropriate Cooperative Extension Service agent in another part of the state. 907.262.5824