Home, Health and Family Development

Julie CascioJulie Cascio is the coordinator for the Health, Home and Family Development (HHFD) program in the Mat-Su/Copper River District. HHFD offers many programs that provide knowledge and skills for the optimal well-being of families and individuals. Specifically, we offer information on food safety and preservation, nutrition, financial management, home management, household equipment, family relationships, consumerism, and leadership skills.

Food Preservation

Freezing, drying, and processing food in jars or cans are popular ways to preserve our Alaskan bounty for future eating. Information on the safest methods for preserving food is available through classes, DVDs and publications developed and taught by UAF Cooperative Extension Service agents.

Pressure Canner Gauge Testing

 Dial gauges on pressure canners need to be tested for accuracy every year. This free service is offered at the Extension office.

Please call ahead to ensure someone is in to test your gauge (745-3360) or you're welcome to drop it off and pick it up at a later date/time. 

The Strong Women Program is a safe, effective, enjoyable, and affordable program designed for middle age and older women to build strength. Participants start out with warm-ups, then do the eight strength training exercises, and end with stretching. Participants start out very slowly, and gradually increase the weights and intensity. Weights are provided for the class.

You can find out more information about local classes if you visit our StrongWomen page.

Community Garden Plot

Interested in growing a garden this year? Community garden plots are available at the Matanuska Experiment Farm, 1509 S Georgeson Drive, Palmer (behind the hospital off old South Trunk Road). See the application form, garden rules and etiquette, and waiver for more information, or call Julie at 745-3677. The farm will plow the land when the ground is ready, for planting to begin Mid May. The cost is $25 per 10x20 foot plot.

Application and Waiver form can be found on the Mat-Su home page.