“Ice Cube Aurora”
The aurora arcs over broken pieces of ice at Black Rapids last night.
“Ice Cube Aurora”
“Ice Cube Aurora”
The aurora arcs over broken pieces of ice at Black Rapids last night.
Imagine it is winter and you are cooking homemade spaghetti sauce to warm up your family. You need some fresh basil so you walk over to your in-house culinary herb garden and cut a few fragrant leaves for the simmering sauce. What could be better than culinary herbs fresh from the garden in winter in Fairbanks? Is this a pipe dream or could it be reality?
The answers are, indeed, nothing could be better, and yes, it can be a reality. On Tuesday, March 3, at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center, there will be an afternoon workshop on setting up home-sized hydroponic gardens for vegetable and culinary herb production. You will have the opportunity to learn what kinds of materials and lights you will need and how to plant and care for your vegetables and culinary herbs.
Many of us would like to be able to get all of our produce locally year-round, but in actuality, this is a difficult thing to do. By using hydroponics, even in Fairbanks in deepest, darkest winter, we can grow our own vegetables and culinary herbs indoors.
Hydroponics is about growing plants without soil. There are systems that can be set up or created that will produce amazing amounts of vegetables and culinary herbs for your table. These systems take up little space and are not as high maintenance as you would expect. As with anything Alaskan, hydroponics is about creativity and doing it on your own terms.
The workshop is only $25 for an afternoon of learning valuable and practical skills you can use at home. You can find out more and register for it at http://bit.ly/sareconf. At that registration site, you will notice that the 11th Annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference will also be held the following two days at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center.
The Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference will include a wide array of topics such as economics, food security, livestock, fruit, vegetables, sustainable practices, marketing and management.
Another worthwhile event is the Alaska State Master Gardeners Conference March 7 at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. There will be a variety of excellent speakers addressing all aspects of gardening in Alaska. This conference will be fun and informative for anyone with a home garden or flower bed. You do not have to be a Master Gardener to attend and you will meet many people who are excited about and skilled at growing plants in Alaska. Information on talks and registration for this conference can be found at fairbanksmastergardeners.wordpress.com.
Spring is not that far away now and we are finally beginning to see the backside of winter. The lengthening days probably make all of us eager to start planting seeds in preparation for flower, vegetable and culinary herb gardens. These March conferences are perfectly timed to give you information you can use this spring and summer. We also hope you meet people who will inspire you to have your best growing season ever.
Growing plants and raising animals in Alaska has challenges and opportunities unlike almost anywhere else in the world. Come share what you know, learn from the experts and be part of the unique and wonderful community of Alaska growers.
Steven Seefeldt is the Tanana District agriculture and horticulture agent for the Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, working in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He can be reached at 907-474-2423 or email@example.com.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has published a comprehensive Alaska guide for herb enthusiasts.
An Alaska Herb Garden features information about cultivating, harvesting, storing and using herbs. The 74-page guide includes color illustrations, recipes and detailed information on 25 herbs and general information on nearly 40 more.
The guide is a collaboration between Extension and the Georgeson Botanical Garden. The garden??s director, professor Pat Holloway, wrote the section about cultivating herbs, which includes research conducted by the garden and by volunteers.
The publication is dedicated to Barbara Fay, a longtime gardener who taught community herb classes in Fairbanks for more than 20 years. She worked with Holloway on herb research at the garden and enlisted other gardeners to join her and tend the herb beds.
Fays notes and class materials formed the guides framework. Extension home economist Roxie Dinstel and two of Fays fellow herb enthusiasts, Virginia Damron and Marsha Munsell, provided information on preserving and storing herbs, edited the guide and tested recipes.
Holloway said the guide will be a great asset to gardeners and others interested in growing and using the herbs. She credits Fay.
This is her idea, her baby, she said. She is the one who got us all riled up about herbs.
Copies are $15 and available at Extension district offices or by calling 1-877-520-5211.
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He Will Be Missed
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
On the news of the death of Senator Ted Stevens and at least three other people in a plane crash last night near Dillingham, Alaska, State Representative and U. S. Congressional candidate Harry T. Crawford
released the following statement.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Senator Stevens and his family and the other victims of this tragic accident. Ted Stevens was such a part of Alaskan life that he was like a force of nature. He was all encompassing, almost like the weather. He was one of the architects of present day Alaska and will go down in history as a great Alaskan and a great American. He will be missed.
Paid for by Harry Crawford for Congress, PO Box 200407, Anchorage, AK 99520
After an 83 day stay in the hospital she died of complications related to her third occurrence of cancer. She is survived by her husband, Brett R. Hulen of Delta Junction, whom she married in September 1971. She also leaves behind a brother and sister in South Korea.
Annie immigrated to the United States in 1971 and became a proud American citizen in 1976.
She loved taking particular pride in caring for her husband and home. She always caught the first and largest fish when fishing with her husband. She made many lasting friends and was widely known for her wonderful egg rolls.
Annie moved with her husband to Fort Greely in 1983 staying four years then returned to reside permanently here in 1989.
Although she loved her time in Alaska she was looking forward to moving to Whidbey Island, Washington in the near future.
Annie was laid to rest after a grave side ceremony in Lakewood Washington next to her sister Gina. Annie accepted Jesus Christ as her savior and passed peacefully into heaven.
She asked that in lieu of flowers or contributions a simple prayer could be said to speed her journey to God. She will be deeply and forever missed.
Longtime Delta Junction resident, Mrs. Judith “Judy” Anne Sowell, 67, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, June 13, 2010 with her family by her side at the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
Judy was born March 13, 1943 to Olin & Hazel Herchenroder in Albany, NY. She graduated from Bethlehem Center High School in 1961. She then married Ed Smith and had three children and started her adventure to Delta Junction, Alaska. In 1971 they bought and ran the Evergreen Inn and C’s Motel. Her love of animals also got her into raising silver fox, rottweiler and pappion puppies. She then went back into the restaurant business and reestablished the Miner’s House and Hide Away. Judy married Gene Sowell in 1993 and became a snowbird until his passing in 2003. She continued to reside in Delta Junction and worked as the business manager for J-L Ventures. Judy was a member of Delta Sportsmen Association, Women of the Moose, Ducks Unlimited and the Delta Water Fowl Association, along with the Deltana Fair Association, where she volunteered many hours and years and was finally fair manager assistant before becoming the fair manager. This little fireball will be greatly missed by her community, friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Olin and Hazel Herchenroder; and daughter, Joyce Tuttle; and her husband, Gene Sowell.
She is survived by her daughter and son in-law, Lisa & Rodger Sturgis of Delta Junction, AK; son and daughter in-law, Mike and Robyn Smith of Delta Junction, AK; and her many grandchildren, Michelle & Megan Tuttle, Robert & Samantha Smith, Delaney, Shaun, Joe, Tyler, Trevor, Travis, Walter, Sarah, Logan and Morgan; sisters and brothers in-law, Lynn & Richard Hummel of Glenmont, NY and Sandra & Robert Callaghan of Lake Clear, NY; sister, Pamela House of East Berne, NY; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 19, 2010 at the First Baptist Church, 1801 Richardson Hwy. in Delta Junction.
Condolences or cards may be mailed to the family at P.O. Box 817, Delta Junction, AK 99737.
Arrangements were by the Fairbanks Funeral Home & Crematory.
Ryan Mills, Funeral Director
A Memorial service for Judy Sowell will be held this Saturday 19 June at the First Baptist Church at 2 PM.
Anyone wishing to help with food for the reception following is asked to call Jamie 895-4037, Dee 895-2077 or Barb 895-4593.
Donations can be dropped off at the Delta Laundry Friday 9-5 (Laundry will be closed Sat.) or after 12:30 Saturday at the church.
Ben was born January 12, 1957 in Fort Polk, Louisiana to Howard and Shirley Smith. Ben grew up hunting, fishing, trapping, gold mining and farming. He loved the outdoors and his family. He worked as an apprentice welder for the building of the Alaskan pipeline. He was the Proud owner of Professional Builders for a number of years until his health prevented him from working.
In 1979 he married the Love of his life Lolita Lyon. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, 3 children Justin Smith, Samantha Kamer, Billy Smith and many foster children, daughter-in-law Lacey Smith, son-in-law David Kamer, mother Shirley Smith, sisters Stormie Mitchell, Beth Dorff, grand children Camron, Gavin, Kyle, Krysta, and many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father Howard and brother Jerry Smith.
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
Delta Junction Community Center
Delta Junction, Alaska
Pastor Bob Carpenter – Officiating
A memorial service will be held On Saturday, April 3 at 1:00 PM at the Delta Junction Community Center for long-time resident, Ben L. Smith. A reception will follow. For futher information, please call 907-803-0093.
Long time Delta resident Nikolaj (Nick) Marchuk passed away Thursday March 11, 2010 at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
Memorial Services will take place at 2:00pm on Sunday March 14, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Delta Junction.
Friends and family are invited to attend.