Learn about greenhouse energy efficiency, crop storage

Interior of greenhouse with wheelbarrow
Photo courtesy of UAF Cooperative Extension Service
A greenhouse at the Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer is ready for spring planting in this March 2016 photo. In early May, Scott Sanford will hold a series of workshops on storage strategies and ways to extend the growing season with heated greenhouses.

During the growing season, fresh produce is abundant. Pickings can get slim over the long winter months, although the demand is still strong. Scott Sanford, an emeritus distinguished outreach specialist for the Rural Energy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is an expert on storage system strategies and greenhouse energy efficiency principles that could extend the marketing period for crops well into the winter months.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is bringing Sanford to Alaska in early May to discuss crop storage and ways to extend the growing season in heated greenhouses.  

On Friday, May 6, Sanford will present talks in person on produce storage and greenhouse heat at the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center, 1509 Georgeson Road, Palmer, from 1-5 p.m.

On Saturday, May 7, Sanford will teach in-person in the Raven Room of the ZJ Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St., Anchorage, and streamed via Zoom at bit.ly/SanfordANC.

10 a.m.-noon: Produce Storage in Cellar and Trailer
1-3 p.m.: Greenhouse Heat: Extending the Growing Season.

Sanford also will visit Juneau and other communities in Southeast Alaska from May 9 to May 12.  Contact Darren Snyder, Agriculture and Horticulture agent in Juneau at 907-523-3280 for details.