Hands-on workshops are offered to villages in the Tanana Chiefs Conference region

If you would like a hands-on workshop in your village please complete the workshop request form. For questions, contact us at 907-452-8251 ext. 3281 or by e-mail. Workshops are offered on a variety of topics (below). For descriptions, click on each title. If you would like a different workshop, if we aren't able to teach it, contact us and we may be able to arrange for someone else at Cooperative Extension Service to do so.

In this workshop you'll learn which seeds to start indoors and which seeds to plant directly in your garden in the spring. You'll also learn about recommended varieties for Alaska. This is a hands-on workshop, so you will get to practice starting your own seeds and take some home. 2 hours. Spring Workshop.

This workshop will give you the skills necessary to start a garden for the first time. You'll learn why you might want to grow your own food,»where to put it, how to plan what to grow, how to care for it, and, of course, how to harvest! 2 hours. Spring/Summer Workshop

Don’t have a garden space in the ground but still want to grow vegetables, herbs or flowers? Come learn about the basics of container gardening. You’ll learn about some varieties that do well in containers and some that don’t do so well as well as the pros and cons of container gardening. Then plant a container to take home. 2 hours.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to incorporate a garden as part of your subsistence life style. How much should you plant to feed you and your family for the year? How will you preserve or store your harvest for the year? We’ll work on a plan that you can use. 2 hours. Winter/Spring workshop.

First—what is organic gardening? Learn the different types of organic fertilizers and how to combine them so that your plants get the nutrients they need. Also learn how to make some organic fertilizers. Learn some organic pest control methods as well. 2 hours.»

What are some of the benefits of gardening for your health? Can gardening help you lose weight? The answer is yes! Which vegetables should you grow that are particularly healthy? Once you grow them, what are some easy ways to incorporate them into your meals every day? This workshop requires a kitchen. 2 hours.

This is a workshop for teachers and parents. There are lots of ways to make gardening fun and educational for kids—learn how! Also learn about the benefits of engaging kids in the garden for health. Learn some activities you can do as well as some ideas of what you might want to grow. Learn about resources for gardening with kids including Cooperative Extension’s 4H program, the Junior Master Gardener Program, and Agriculture in the classroom. 2 hours.

What herbs grow well in Alaska? Which ones come back (perennials) and which ones should you plant year after year? Which ones are easy to start from seed and which ones are easiest to grow from transplants or cuttings? Once you’ve started your herb garden, how do you use them in your everyday cooking? Learn about classic flavor combinations and sample some herbs as well. This workshop requires a kitchen. 2 hours.

Learn all about one vegetable or berry--for example rhubarb or beets. How do you grow it? What varieties grow well in Alaska? When do you harvest it? What are the nutrition benefits and what are some ways to cook it? This workshop may involve some tasting of different varieties as well as cooking. 2-3 hours. Summer/Fall Workshop.

Are you a little behind on weeding your garden? Don’t worry, many weeds in your garden are edible! Learn which ones you should eat and how to eat them. We will harvest weeds in a garden and then prepare and eat a dish made from them. For this workshop, we’ll need a garden to “weed” as well as a kitchen. 2.5 hours. Spring/Early Summer workshop.

Learn about flowers that come back year after year like delphiniums and peonies and flowers that you should plant each year as well as some that actually reseed if you let them. Which are difficult to start from seed? Which are easy to start from seed—even directly in the garden? Which types do well in containers or hanging baskets? 1.5 hours.

Which types of berries can you grow in your back yard? Which varieties grow best? How do you establish and maintain a productive patch in your backyard? 2 hours.

This is an overview of the various methods you can use to preserve your garden harvest as well as what you hunt, fish, and gather. Take home information on canning, freezing, fermentation, drying, and root cellars from Cooperative Extension Service. 1.5 hours.

Make homemade jam with your locally harvested berries. Learn about the difference between jam and jelly. Use tried and true recipes from the Cooperative Extension Service. Try your homemade jam on fresh made biscuits! A kitchen is required for this workshop. Participants need to bring their own fruit or berries. All other supplies are provided. 2 hours.

Fruit leather can be made out of a variety of berries and fruit including rose hips, rhubarb, blueberries, and much more. This can be a nice way to use berries as a snack in a lunch or when you are out and about. If you’re lucky enough to have too many berries or fruit—try fruit leather! This workshop requires a kitchen and participants need to bring their own berries or fruit to make fruit leather with. The other supplies needed, will be provided. 2.5 hours. Fall workshop.

Rosehips are an excellent source of vitamin C. Although they don’t taste great right off the bush, in this workshop you’ll learn three ways to use rosehips—BBQ sauce, jelly, and fruit leather. Participants should bring rosehips. All of the other supplies will be provided. Each participant will take what they make home! This workshop requires a kitchen. 4 hours. Summer/Early Fall Workshop.

You can make your own wide variety pickled vegetables and condiments that will keep well, and be a tasty treat over the winter. Lean how to pickle your favorite vegetables like carrots, cauliflower, or snap beans. Depending on what types of berries people bring, we will make at least one condiment, for example, Spicy Blueberry Relish or Spiced Highbush Cranberry Sauce/Ketchup. We will also make at least one type of condiment such as BBQ sauce or relish. This workshop requires a kitchen. 2-3 hours. Summer/Fall Workshop.

Learn about the recommended times and pressures at which to can your salmon or moose meat. Learn safe ways to use a pressure cooker. We'll either can red meat or fish. Participants will need to bring meat or fish to can (we'll do one or the other. We'll need a kitchen for this workshop. 4 hours.

Turn your moose meat, caribou, or fish into homemade, fresh sausage! Add variety and flavor to large quantities of meat. Note: You will learn how to make fresh sausage NOT dry sausage, so you still need to freeze the sausage if it is not used right away. This workshop requires a kitchen and participants need to bring their own meat or fish. Other supplies are provided. 2.5 hours. Fall workshop.