Mat-Su/Copper River District Office

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February 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.
  • Feb 2, noon-1pm: Preparing to Improve Your Community Food System - Instructor: Jodie Anderson, Center Director. This is the time of year we get ready and plan for so many things: family safety plans, gardening, food preservation, hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, etc. So, how are you preparing to improve your community food system? In this program we will be introduced to the ideas of community food systems, the roles we all play, and what you can do to improve your community food system. You will receive ideas and lists of organizations and agencies that take donations throughout the year to allow you a great opportunity to play a larger role in your food system this year. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAud-GprT0uHtPBGtCL8fXqgB31p7flClWa After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Feb 4, 3-4pm: QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer): Suicide Prevention - Instructor: Candi Propp Dierenfield, PhD Ed, Youth Development Program Director. Just like CPR, QPR is an emergency response to someone in crisis and can save lives. QPR is the most widely taught gatekeeper training in the world. This class is limited to 30 participants and requires registration. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUscO-orD4qHtDlIndXrBN1-ySv8y76330D After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Feb 9, 4-5pm: Virtual Preparedness Scavenger Hunt! Ages 7-13 - Instructor: Ann Biddle, 4-H Program Coordinator. Have some fun solving riddles and finding household items that are good to have on hand to keep prepared in times of disaster and need. Geared for youth 7-13.
     Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtcu2prDMqEt0X5XDLtf6C9b8CDElWyjnA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Feb 11, noon-1pm: Emergency Preparedness - Instructor: Art Nash, Extension Energy Specialist. What if you are suddenly faced with an earthquake, a volcanic eruption, a tsunami, a flood or an approaching wildfire? Do you have the necessary implements ready to provide heat for cooking, lighting and staying warm? Do you know which foods are best to pack and how long after an outage items will last in your freezer? Join Art Nash and learn about compact, efficient cooking and heating options powered by propane, white gas and wood to use during and after an emergency. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqdu2prT0qGNUstxJtcOVth4QffCFA27c3 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Feb 16, noon-1pm: Trap Crops in the Home Garden - Instructor: Joey Slowik, IPM Technician. Trap crops are an often unused method to help keep garden pests in check. This class will briefly go over some of the trap crop species and techniques used with a focus on how they may be incorporated into a home garden. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApcuGtrT4qG9FbhgPYFFKvHPE7uqLWPZZN After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Feb 18, 6-7pm: Preparing the Pantry for Emergencies - Instructor: Leslie Shallcross, Professor of Extension, HHFD. This session will include how much food and food types to have on-hand. It will also include information about food preparation and safety during emergencies. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuduutrT0iHtLqeOriPYk2otHHXxEC9oyd After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Feb 23, 4-5pm: Virtual Preparedness Jeopardy Hunt! Ages 14-18 - Instructor: Ann Biddle, 4-H Program Coordinator. We'll talk a bit about disaster preparedness and emergency kits and then play a game of Jeopardy to test your knowledge! Geared for youth 14 - 18.. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/81275252295?pwd=TWxENEZldUF0QlNsNGFhNFJtWGF5dz09 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Feb 25, 1-2pm: Soil Sampling - Instructor:Steve Brown, Ag/Hort & Natural Resources Agent. Learn how to get a good soil sample and why it is important. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsd-isqTIjH9CH2o6PA4VV50_qFEF_GTTg After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Feb 25, 6-7pm: Seed Starting - Instructor: Marion Owen. Marion Owen has enthusiastically gardened in Kodiak, Alaska since 1986. Known as the Fearless Weeder or Compost Coach, she has written weekly organic gardening columns for almost 25 years, which are published each Monday in the Kodiak Daily Mirror and on her blog MarionOwenAlaska.com. (She takes the liberty to toss in plant-based recipes, photography tips and upBEET expressions along the way). Marion has been featured in Reader's Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, Alaska Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, and The Smithsonian, to name a few. And she connects with gardeners around the world through her Garden Shed newsletter. Marion believes that gardening—even sowing a few seeds--is more than an activity. It is a quiet and peaceful haven in these unusual times. Register in advance for this workshop: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/84316273624 After 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.