WELCOME TO THE TANANA DISTRICT EXTENSION OFFICE IN FAIRBANKS!

HELLO! The Tanana District is one of the largest Cooperative Extension districts geographically in the United States, covering an area of more than 120,000 square miles with a current population of approximately 100,000 distributed in 64 Native villages and the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Much of the district is inaccessible by road. The Tanana District clientele is very diverse including 4-H leaders, youth groups, homeowners, homemaker clubs, private and commercial agriculture, local government, military personnel, subsistence families, cooperating agencies and the general public. We have agents here to assist you in areas of agriculture and horticulture; health, home and family development; and 4-H and youth development.

LOCATION: UAF University Park Building,1000 University Ave., Room 109, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Map it!

MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 758155, Fairbanks, AK 99775-8155.

HOURS: We are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We close daily for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.

PHONE: Still have questions? Please call us at 907-474-1530 — we are happy to help!

CESTD LISTSERV: Be one of the first to hear about events at the Tanana District office! Send an email to rlboswell@alaska.edu to be placed on the CESTD listserv.

MEET OUR FACULTY & STAFF:

  • Ronda Boswell, administrative assistant, 907-474-2450, rlboswell@alaska.edu
  • Marla Lowder, 4-H and youth development agent, 907-474-2427, mklowder@alaska.edu
  • Julie Riley, horticulture agent, 907-474-2423, jariley@alaska.edu
  • Leslie Shallcross, health, home and family development agent, 907-474-2426, lashallcross@alaska.edu

ONGOING PROGRAMS

FAIRBANKS MASTER GARDENER COURSE is usually scheduled in late fall with Julie Riley, Tanana District horticulture agent, so that graduates are ready to get growing come spring! For general information on the Master Gardener program, visit the MG website. In formation about the Master Gardener Online Course can be found here. Questions? Contact Julie Riley at 907-474-2423 or jariley@alaska.edu.

PESTICIDE SAFETY APPLICATOR TRAINING   is available as a self study option if a face-to-face class is not currently scheduled or if class dates are not convenient. (Face-to-face classes are typically scheduled during the spring months.) For general  information about the Pesticide Safety Education Program, visit thePSEP  website. Online registration for the self study option is found here:http://bit.ly/PestInvasive.  Program contact: Phil Kaspari, 907-895-4215, pnkaspari@alaska.edu

CERTIFIED FOOD PROTECTION MANAGER TRAINING is available online through ServSafe and as a self study option. Please visit the CFPM website to learn more about these training options. Program contact: Julie Cascio, 907-745-3677, jmcascio@alaska.edu

FREE TESTING OF PRESSURE CANNER DIAL GAUGES!   Gauges can be tested on or OFF the lid of the canner (no need to haul in the whole canner). If we have someone available to test, it only takes a few minutes while you wait. If not, you may leave your gauge and we will call you when it is ready for pick up (usually within 24 hours). It is important to have your pressure canner dial gauges checked annually to help assure home canned food is safely processed. (Pressure canners that use weighted gauges do not need to be checked.) While visiting our office, be sure to pick up some free food preservation publications! Information contact: Leslie Shallcross, 907-474-2426, lashallcross@alaska.edu

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM, which began April 1, meets Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m., throughout the year. This lifestyle change class focuses on making small gradual changes in exercise, food, stress management, etc., that have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. Class fee is $240 or $200 for seniors ($80 refunded for program completion). Registration is now closed for this year's program; however, be sure to contact Leslie Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or lashallcross@alask.edu for future class offerings and to see if this program is right for you. View the class flier for more information.

FREE PEST IDENTIFICATION! Got an insect or diseased plant? Bring a specimen into the office for identification and suggestions for management. Specimens also can be identified through our Citizens Monitoring Portal. To learn more about the Integrated Pest Management program and the Citizens Monitoring Portal, please visit theIPM website. (NOTE: Cooperative Extension Service does not identify pests found on the human body. For such cases, please contact your physician or visit the emergency room.) Information contact: Julie Riley, 907-474-2423, jariley@alaska.edu

ALASKA 4-H PROGRAM is open to all youth in grades K-12 and their families. See what exciting things the program has in store for your youth by visiting the Alaska 4-H website.  Program contact: Marla Lowder, 907-474-2427, mklowder@alaska.edu

University Park Building

DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS

MAY 15 — NEXT CLASS — SPRING TANANA DISTRICT FOOD PRESERVATION SERIES: Leslie Shallcross, health, home and family development agent, will present six classes between March 16 and June 8 at the UAF University Park Building, 1000 University Ave., Room 154. The following classes will be offered and preregistration is required at http://bit.ly/29vjcTE. Register for each class individually, depending on your interests. There is a $20 fee per class and space is limited. For information, contact Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or  lashallcross@alasia.edu. Help us spread the word by sharing our class flier! Thank you!

  • March 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Canning Fish and Meat — Learn the proper use of a pressure canner for safely jarring fish and meat.
  • Saturday, April 6, 1-4:30 p.m. — Making Jam and Jelly — Participants will learn how to use boiling water baths to jar jam.
  • Tuesday, April 23, 5:30-9:30 p.m. — Making Jerky and Sausage — Learn how to prepare meat for jerky and make link sausage.
  • POSTPONED! Saturday, May 4, 1-4:30 p.m. — Pickles, Chutney and Sauerkraut — Students will prepare vegetable pickles, chutney and sauerkraut. This class is postponed to Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday May 15, 5:30-9:30 p.m. — Fermentation: Making Kimchi and Kefir — Learn how to make your own kimchi and kefir.
  • Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Pickles, Chutney and Sauerkraut — Students will prepare vegetable pickles, chutney and sauerkraut.
  • Saturday, June 8, 1-4:30 p.m. — Making Fresh Cheese and Yogurt — Participants will make cheese and yogurt.

MAY 16 — HARDY TREES AND SHRUBS FOR FAIRANKS. This FREE workshop is presented by the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District and UAF Cooperative Extension Service. Learn how to select, plant and care for your trees this season. The workshop happens Thursday, May 16, 6-7:30 p.m., at the UAF Univeristy Park Building, 1000 University Ave., Room 108. Help us spread the word by sharing the workshop flier! Thank you! Information: FSWDC, 479-1213, Ext. 108, or brian.fswcd@gmail.com.

MAY 22 — CERTIFIED FOOD PROTECTION MANAGER TRAINING will be offered via videoconference in Fairbanks, Palmer, Sitka and Juneau. Class hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Certified Food Protection Manager (CFPM) is responsible for monitoring and managing all food establishment operations to ensure that the facility is operating in compliance with food establishment regulations. A CFPM is knowledgeable about food safety practices and uses this knowledge to provide consumers with safe food, protect public health and prevent foodborne illnesses. Alaska regulations require food establishments to have at least one CFPM on staff. This course is $200 and includes class, study guide and one proctored exam (computer-based) for certification. Preregister online to reserve your seat and receive a class book. For more information, contact Julie Cascio at 907-745-3677, jmcascio@alaska.edu or Melissa Clampitt at 907-745-3551, mrclampitt@alaska.edu. Please share our class flier with those who may be interested! Thank you!

CLASS IS FULL! APRIL 17-MAY 15 — SPRING TANANA DISTRICT GARDENING SERIES! GROW  YOUR OWN FOOD: VEGETABLE GARDENING FOR THE UNINITIATED is a five-session course covering everything you need to know to grow and harvest your own food. Julie Riley, Extension horticulture agent, will share planning tips to help keep costs low, a hands-on seed starting workshop and handouts galore. Class meets Wednesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., at the UAF University Park Building, 1000 Univesity Ave., Room 108. Cost is $20 for all classes and all materials. Registration is now closed. Contact Julie Riley at 907-474-2423 or jariley@alaska.edu for more information.

  • Session 1: April 17, Garden Planning
  • Session 2: April 24, Seed Starting
  • Session 3: May 1, Soil Preparation — Organic Soil Amendments & Fertilizers
  • Session 4: May 8, Growing Cool Season Crops
  • Session 5: May 15, Growing Warm Season Crops

ALL CLASSES ARE FULL! APRIL 25, 27, 28 — GRAFTING APPLE TREE CLASSES WITH STEVE MASTERMAN!

Grafting Apple Trees ­— Beginner Classes
Thursday, April 25, 6-9 p.m.(Note: This same class is also offered on Saturday, April 27.)
Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Note: This class is a repeat of the class offered on Thursday, April 25.)

Come learn the basics of grafting with orchardist Steve Masterman. Learn which varieties of apples grow best in the Fairbanks area and which rootstock will be hardy in your location. Participants will graft four apple trees to take home. Please bring leather work gloves, a sharp knife with a straight, thin blade and a cutting board. All other materials will be supplied. This is a beginner class for those who have never grafted and includes a PowerPoint presentation on grafting techniques and hardy varieties.

Grafting Apple Trees — Intermediate Class
Sunday, April 28, 2-5 p.m.

This hands-on workshop is for those who have had experience grafting. Anyone who registered for beginning apple grafting can register for this intermediate workshop. Steve Masterman and other local experts will be available to help you hone your grafting skills. Your registration of $30 guarantees you six trees to graft and take home. Many varieties of apple scion wood will be available as will a limited number of rootstock and scion wood for other fruit trees. Please bring leather work gloves, a sharp knife with a straight, thin blade and a cutting board.

Location: UAF Arctic Health Research Bldg, 901 S. Koyukuk Drive, Room 1W05. Free parking on the west side of UAF Arctic Health Research Building. Enter through west-facing doors for Room 1W05.

Registration:  All classes are full; registation is closed.

Questions: Steve Masterman, 907-590-3797 or ssmasterman@hotmail.com; Julie Riley, 907-474-2423 or jariley@alaska.edu

Please help us spread the word by sharing our class flier with your family and friends! Thank  you!

AUGUST 16-18 — MUSHROOM WORKSHOP WITH GARY LAURSEN! Plans are underway, so keep checking back for details! Contact is Leslie Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or lashallcross@alaska.edu.

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