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Interior 4-H Counters Pandemic Isolation

decorating pumpkins provided by the Tanana District 4-H programWhen the COVID-19 pandemic hit and Alaska went into lockdown, kids were shut up in their houses and away from their friends. Read more

Citizen Science at Matanuska Experiment Farm

investigating bird tracks during a Walkabout WednesdayThe closure of the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center due to the pandemic made continuation of its citizen science programming challenging as people could not gather to share their passion for science. Read more

Socially Distanced Community Potato Harvest

kids showing off their potato harvestThe Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center hosts an annual potato harvest for community members. The potato harvest is an opportunity for the farm to provide food for familes, while showing them where their food comes from. Read more

Botanical garden partners with Nanook Grown

UAF student harvests kaleThe Georgeson Botanical Garden collaborated with the UAF Office of Sustainability to accommodate twice the number of students who usually participate in the Nanook Grown Student Gardener Training Program. The program teaches students through experiential learning how to grow their own food. Read more

Vegetable Variety Trials

women planting spinachAlaska’s climate is changing and growing seasons have lengthened in many areas of Alaska. It may be possible to grow different vegetable varieties than have grown here previously. Plant breeders also develop new varieties and update older varieties. Continued trials in different locations are important to determine what will grow best where, so the information can be shared with gardeners and farmers, strengthening Alaska's food security. Read more

Grain Varieties and Cultivation Methods

wheat harvest at experiment farmDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, many Alaskans faced food security issues stemming from the state's dependence on out-of-state food suppliers. Shipments from Outside were limited and in-state suppliers could not meet public demand for agronomic crops. Read more

Delivering Food Donations and Nutrition Information in a Pandemic

vegetables with nutrition fliersThe U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that one in seven Alaskans struggles with hunger and good security issues. During the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment rates increased, putting greater strain on food resources throughout the state, including the MatSu area. Read more

Matanuska Experiment Farm Outreach Work

laptop with Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center website displayedDue to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center closed its doors to the public but its education and outreach activities continue by distance delivery. Read more

Matanuska Experiment Farm Variety Trials

preparing bags of produce for the Snack programThe Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center participates in vegetable variety trials to help determine which varieties flourish in the Mat-Su area. Read more

Working Through the Pandemic

preparing bags of produce for the Snack programAs a result of the pandemic, many 4-H families in Bethel have experienced limited access to child care, food resources and youth activities. Working with the Food Bank of Alaska, the Bethel 4-H Program continued its At-Risk Snack program, which provides nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children. Read more

Radon Testing and Mitigation Assistance

sample radon kitsEvery year approximately 20,000 Americans die from lung cancer as a result of breathing in radioactive radon gas at their homes, schools and workplaces. Extension has provided educational outreach on radon for more than 30 years. Read more

Master Gardener Class Comes To Sitka

a greenhouse in SoutheastThe agriculture and horticulture Extension agent based in Sitka retired in 2013 and the office was reorganized as an outreach center without an agent. Research-based gardening education in the community was piecemeal and infrequent, despite high interest in the topic. Read more

Getting Creative During the Pandemic

young girl holding basket of tomatillosThe Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center closed its doors to the public in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Extension specializes in hands-on public outreach, so this created a significant barrier. Read more

MAPTS Mine Training for Rural Residents

equipment trainingAlaska's rural regions are mineral-rich and home to several production mines that employ thousands of people in well-paying jobs. Too often, the people living in or near these mines have not benefited from their stable and long-term employment. Read more