Each year and sometimes twice a year, we round up our experts and ask that they do a class for the public at no cost during Extension Week. We are lucky to have many instructors so willing to share their knowledge and expertise
This year, Fall Extension Week is Oct. 13-17. Peruse the schedule, then mark your calendar. Call 474-1530 to register for the classes of your choice, especially since many are limited to the number of people that we can handle.|
All classes will be held at the Tanana District office at 724 27th Ave., Suite 2, located in the southwest corner of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank building. Free parking during business hours is available in the lot at 27th Avenue and Rickert Street; parking for the 6 p.m. classes is available just outside the office door. The following is the schedule and descriptions:
Monday, Oct. 13
10 a.m. — Cleaning Green, Marsha Munsell
Many of us are starting to react to the many chemicals we come in contact with on a daily basis. Come learn how to reduce some of the chemicals in the home by using simple ingredients.
2 p.m. — Tips for Finding Housing for Your College-Bound Teen, Kathy Kurtenbach
Helping your college-bound teen find affordable and safe college housing can be very stressful. We will discuss how to have a successful, reduced-stress housing hunt for everyone involved in the process.
6 p.m. — Medicating Your Livestock, Lisa Lunn
Medicating livestock can be tricky. Did you know there are legal issues regarding what drugs you can use and how you can give them to the animal? We will discuss how to safely and legally administer medication to farm animals.
Tuesday, Oct. 14
10 a.m. — Gardening with Children, Darcy Etcheverry
Gardening with children is a wonderful way to teach important life skills. Come learn about several gardening projects that you can complete with your children or students from toddlers to teens.
2 p.m. — Using Your GPS, Marla Lowder
Learn how to use a GPS. Marla will have GPS equipment for you to learn on.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
10 a.m. — Companion Planting, Darcy Etcheverry.
Certain plants benefit from being planted in proximity to others, whether for pest control or to maximize usable space. We will cover the types of beneficial associations and learn about planting considerations for common Fairbanks vegetable crops.
2 p.m. — Sourdough, Marsha Munsell
Learn to feed, pamper and use your sourdough starter. If you don’t have one, come and get one.
6 p.m. — Important Information for New Livestock Farmers, Lisa Lunn
If you are thinking about raising livestock, this talk is for you. We will discuss what you need to know, and should have in place, to keep your animals healthy and productive.
Thursday, Oct. 16
10 a.m. — The Many Rewards of the Mushroom Hunt, Sveta Yamin-Pasternak
For many subsistence harvesters, returning home with a bounty of wild mushrooms marks not the end but the beginning of hard work. Some methods of preparing or preserving mushrooms take hours of tedious processing. Attend this class to decide whether it is worth the trouble.
2 p.m. — Backpacking Chef, Sharon McLeod-Everette and crew
Pre-made backpacking foods can be very expensive. You can make your own delicious lightweight meals
6 p.m. — Making Bread, Roxie Dinstel
The staff of life. Good wholesome, chewy bread is an art and so much better than much of the fluff in the stores. Learn basic techniques for making good bread.
Friday, Oct. 17
10 a.m. — Gold Zumba Fitness (Low Impact), Reina Hasting
Come burn some calories while having fun learning some easy Zumba dance fitness moves.
2 p.m. — Alaska Grown Herbs, Marsha Munsell and Roxie Dinstel
An overview of herbs that grow well in Fairbanks gardens and what you can do with them.
6 p.m. — Private Woodlot Management for Firewood, Glen Holt
Glen will discuss managing your woodlot for firewood.
A link for the full schedule of classes can also be found online at www.uaf.edu/ces.
Marsha Munsell is a health, home and family development program assistant for the Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Contact her at 907-474-5414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.