Mat-Su/Copper River District Office

Locally Grown Resource Guide (3/11/21) - click here.
Information on 2021 Alaska Certified Seed Potato Varieties - click here.
 

September Online Classes

These classes will be recorded and sent to anyone who has registered, just in case you are unable to make it during the time it is offered.
  • September 1, 2:15pm-3:15pm: Walkabout Wednesday - Instructors: Jodie Anderson & Ann Kowenstrot. Topic: Scavenger Hunt at the Alaska State Fair. Go to the our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/matanuskaexperimentfarm/. Like our page and then log in just before 2:15 and select the Live tab to watch live. You can also view past Live presentations at this location.
  • September 2, noon-1pm: Canning Vegetables and Legumes - Instructor: Julie Cascio, UAF HHFD Agent. This class will cover heat processing low acid produce, vegetables, and legumes in jars; botulism prevention; use and care of a pressure cannerm and methods of preparing the vegetables and legumes. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqcuGqrTIsH9IP0sNHa8YpB63N3w2XySQd  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • September 7 noon-1:pm: After the Markets and Farms Close - Instructor: Jodie Anderson. Things are winding down and soon the farmers markets and farms close for the season. Join Jodie to learn about what happens to markets and farms when they close down for the wintertime. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/86950992349  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • September 8, 2:15pm-3:15pm: Walkabout Wednesday - Instructors: Jodie Anderson & Ann Kowenstrot. Topic: Fall time Foraging. Go to the our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/matanuskaexperimentfarm/. Like our page and then log in just before 2:15 and select the Live tab to watch live. You can also view past Live presentations at this location.
  • September 9, noon-1pm: Canning Meat and Poultry - Instructor: Julie Cascio, UAF HHFD Agent. This class will cover heat processing low acid food in jars, the use and care of a pressure canner, methods of preparing meat that is both commercial and wild game, poultry, stock and soup. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMof-qqqjsuHdXai4nkqY4-Oj3ZeQJ56M4G After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • September 14 noon-1:pm: Putting your Garden Tools to Bed and Lawn Mower Maintenance - Instructor: Jim Ericksen. As the season is coming to a close, Jim demonstrates how to put your garden tools to bed, what types of things to do to your lawn, and what maintenance your lawn mower and other tools need before being put away for the winter. Go to the our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/matanuskaexperimentfarm/. Like our page and then log in just before noon and select the Live tab to watch live. You can also view past Live presentations at this location.
  • September 15, 2:15pm-3:15pm: Walkabout Wednesday - Instructors: Jodie Anderson & Ann Kowenstrot. Topic: Potatoes or Harvest Time Bingo (Weather Dependant). Go to the our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/matanuskaexperimentfarm/. Like our page and then log in just before 2:15 and select the Live tab to watch live. You can also view past Live presentations at this location.
  • September 16, 6:00pm: Seed to Vase with Brown Dog Farm - Instructors: Mimi and Ben. This class is designed to help gardeners start and maintain a small flower cutting garden with cold hardy annual flowers. Join Mimi and Ben of Brown Dog Farm as they show how they grow some of their favorite flower varieties from start to finish. Learn how to start flower seeds, plant, trellis, harvest, and arrange flowers into a bouquet for yourself and friends. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/83408755849 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • September 16, noon-1pm: Making Jerky - Instructor: Julie Cascio, UAF HHFD Agent. Drying meat will be discussed, including cutting meat for jerky, marinades, heat treatment methods, drying, conditioning, and packaging jerky. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtcuyoqDgiGNxlMi86qhy2XOWa_eIYVKAs After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • September 20, All Day 4-H Activities: Summer Harvest - Instructor: Ann Kowenstrot. 4-H At-Home Summer Camp Series: Month 4 of 4: Summer Harvest! Learn about different ways of preserving food and participate in a few delicious activities: jam and zucchini chips! To learn more and to sign up, see: http://www.alaska4h.org/summer-at-home-camp-kits.html.
  • September 20 - October 1, 2021: Top Crop Contest -

    Join us for our second annual virtual Top Crop Contest to see who grew the tallest, longest, and biggest plants and veggies in the state of Alaska! Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate. Prizes will be awarded in each category. If you have something you think will win that you harvested recently, feel free to take a picture now with a tape measure and save it for the contest. Only pictures shared during the contest will be counted. For more information see our Facebook event page: https://fb.me/e/4zslVFbXs

    Please submit your photos to Theresa Isaac at tmisaac@alaska.edu and indicate which of the 10 categories you are entering.

    Categories include: Tallest Plant: 1. Tomato 2. Sunflower 3. Corn

    Circumference: 4. Tomato 5. Potato 6. Pumpkin

    Longest: 7. Carrot 8. Corn 9. Bean

    Bonus category 10. Weirdest Looking Veggie

  • September 21 noon-1:pm: Ticks in Alaska - Instructor: Micah Hahn and Kimberlee Beckman. Have you ever been out hunting and found a tick on your moose pelt? Or on your coat? Join Micah Hahn and Kimberlee Beckman of ADF&G who will talk about the ticks found in Alaska. They will cover their Submit-a-Tick program for getting those ticks you find identified, and the types of ticks hunters are likely to encounter.Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/ 86839311484After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • September 22, 2:15pm-3:15pm: Walkabout Wednesday - Instructors: Jodie Anderson & Ann Kowenstrot. Topic: Potatoes or Harvest Time Bingo (Weather Dependant). Go to the our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/matanuskaexperimentfarm/. Like our page and then log in just before 2:15 and select the Live tab to watch live. You can also view past Live presentations at this location.
  • September 23, 12:00pm: Extending the Growing Seasons - Energywise - Instructor: Art Nash. There are cost effective ways to heat your growing area so that you can get a month or so of extra growing time on either side of the typical break up and freeze up schedule. Learn what fuel sources might be used as well as distribution of heat to give you the most time available for growing. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/87411954433After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • September 28, 6:00pm-3:15pm: In the Garden with Theresa: Let's Garden to Heal - Instructors: Theresa Isaac. Scientists, therapists, and health care professionals agree that gardening helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Gardening can also improve your mood, memory, and immunity. The added benefit is that you will have wonderful produce or beautiful flowers to enjoy! Join Theresa, Garden Coordinator, on Facebook Live in our community garden as we discuss the benefits of gardening. This will be a very casual, roundtable discussion to share our history of, love of, and the benefits of gardening. If the sun is shining, there will be a small table and some chairs in the community garden plots, and if the weather is rainy or windy, we will gather in the log cabin just to the right of the garden plots. Join us in person or on Facebook Live. Go to the our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/matanuskaexperimentfarm/. Like our page and then log in just before 6:00 and select the Live tab to watch live. You can also view past Live presentations at this location.
  • September 29, 2:15pm-3:15pm: Wagon Ride Farm Tour - Join us for a wagon ride tour! We love sharing the exciting things we are doing here at MEFEC and enjoy providing opportunities for the community to get involved and learn. Steps will be lowered for loading/off-loading the wagon. The tour will start at 2:15 in front of Kerttula Hall and will take you on a route around the farm. The tour is planned to wrap up around 3:15. Everyone is then welcome to use our restrooms and browse the publications and pamphlets in our front office. Cost: Adults 18+ $10, Under 18 $5, 2 and under are free. Email Theresa Isaac at tmisaac@alaska.edu for more details and registration.
  • September 30, noon-1pm: Put Your Garden to Rest - Instructor: Steve Brown. A few hours spent putting your garden rest this Fall can save you many hours of work in the spring. This short presentation gives you tips on preparing your garden and equipment for the long winter ahead and will help you emerge with a healthy garden ready to grow come May. Register in advance for this workshop:

    https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpcOqsrTIrHdJJaDRXfAzkk4tPN5W-EELEAfter registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 
We are located at 1509 S. Georgeson Dr in Palmer at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. Find us with Google Maps!
Phone: 907-745-3360
Fax: 907-745-6268
Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.