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Posted in education, food security, Gardens, greenhouse, Local food in Alaska projects and research, Local food in the news, tagged Common Pests in Greenhouses, community garden, education, encouragement, food, garden, Gardening in Southeast Alaska, Integrated Pest Management program, Janice Chumley, Jasmine Shaw, pest management, produce, Sitka, UAF Cooperative Extension Service on April 24, 2017| Leave a Comment »
UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Alaska Sea Grant to host online specialty food business class series
Posted in Cooking, education, Fish and game, food businesses, Food choices, food safety, food security, Local food in Alaska projects and research, Local food in the news, tagged Alaska Sea Grant, Alaska Sea Grant Program, education, encouragement, farmers market, fish, food security, how to start a specialty food business, market, Quentin Fong, Sarah Lewis, specialty food business, UAF Cooperative Extension Service on April 16, 2017| Leave a Comment »
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and Alaska Sea Grant program are teaming up to offer a four-session online-only class on how to start and operate a specialty food business. The four classes are from 6-8:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, May 15-18, and the classes will cost $50 for all four sessions. To register, go to http://bit.ly/SpecialtyFoodBusiness.
This course outlines the development and management of a successful specialty food business from inception to operation. Participants will learn about the practical application of business planning, obtaining
financing, permitting, feasibility analysis and marketing along with the operational aspects of a specialty food business.
This course will be delivered primarily by lectures, with four homework assignments that are individualized to help you develop an action plan for your business. At the end of this course, the student will understand and use the appropriate managerial and decision-making tools that are needed to start and run a specialty food business.
The course is available statewide from any computer with a reliable connection. We will be using Zoom to deliver class content. Students must have access to a video camera, speakers and microphone to actively participate. To learn more about the system requirements for Zoom, visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-and-Mac.
For more information, contact Sarah Lewis of the Juneau District Office of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service at (907) 523-3280, Ext. 1, or email@example.com, or Quentin Fong of the Alaska Sea Grant program at (907) 486-1516 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
UAF Cooperative Extension Service offers Certified Food Protection Manager class by videoconference April 26 in Sitka
Posted in education, food businesses, food safety, Local food in the news, tagged certified food protection manager (CFPM), Delta Junction, education, encouragement, Fairbanks, food safety, Jasmine Shaw, Julie Cascio, Juneau, king salmon, Palmer, produce, public health, restaurants, Sitka, UAF Cooperative Extension Service on April 6, 2017| Leave a Comment »
Wednesday, April 12, is the registration deadline for a certified food protection manager workshop being taught on Wednesday, April 26, by University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. This is an all-day statewide class that will be offered by videoconferencing to Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer and Sitka.
A certified food protection manager (CFPM) is responsible for monitoring and managing all food establishment operations to ensure that the facility is operating in compliance with food establishment regulations.
A CFPM is knowledgeable about food safety practices and uses this knowledge to provide consumers with safe food, protect public health and prevent food-borne illnesses. Alaska regulations require food establishments to have at least one CFPM on staff.
This course takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (with a half-hour lunch), and participants will take a computer-based exam at the end of the class. The reason the deadline is two weeks before the class is to guarantee course materials reach all the students in time for the class. The cost is $200, and the course will be taught by Julie Cascio of Palmer. Students can register here.
The Sitka videoconference for the class will take place in Room 106 at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. To learn more, contact Jasmine Shaw at the Sitka District Office of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service at 747-9440, or contact Julie Cascio at (907) 745-3360 (Palmer number) or jmcascio@ . Note, this class is taught in English but textbooks are available in Korean, Chinese and Spanish, just contact Julie at least three weeks before the class.
Also, the ServSafe book ($70) and certification exam ($75) now are available online, if people want to order the book and study independently without taking the class. Just go to this website and purchase the book and exam items.
Posted in education, Food choices, food security, garden mentor program, Gardens, greenhouse, Sitka Local Foods Network, Sitka Local Foods Network events, tagged berries, Brinnen Carter, carrots, community garden, container gardening, Cottage Foods Business Basics, education, encouragement, Everything You Need To Know About Trees, Extending Your Garden Season, food, food security, garden, Gardening in Sitka 101, Gardening in Southeast Alaska, Growing Garlic in Sitka, growing potatoes in Sitka, Jennifer Carter, Joshua Andresky, Jud Kirkness, Kathy Kyle, Kerry MacLane, Michelle Putz, Nina Vizcarrondo, potatoes, raising chickens, Sarah Lewis, Sitka, Sitka Local Foods Network education committee, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, UAS Sitka Campus on March 23, 2017|
Want to learn how to grow your own food? Are you new to Sitka and want to learn what veggies grow in our town? The Sitka Local Foods Network education committee has a list of free 2017 spring garden classes that can help you learn what to do and when to do it so you have a healthy garden.
This spring, all of our classes except one will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursdays at the Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall (408 Marine Street, parking off Spruce Street). Each week will feature a different topic, and all classes are free (donations to the Sitka Local Foods Network will be accepted).
The class schedule is as follows:
- Gardening in Sitka 101 — March 30, taught by Michelle Putz
- Cottage Foods Business Basics — April 6, 6-8 p.m., Room 106, University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus, taught by Sarah Lewis and Nina Vizcarrondo, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service
- Growing Potatoes in Sitka — April 13, taught by Kathy Kyle
- Extending Your Garden Season — April 20, taught by Kerry MacLane
- Container Gardening — April 27, taught by Joshua Andresky
- Raising Chickens — May 4, taught by Joshua Andresky, Nina Vizcarrondo and Brinnen Carter
- Everything You Need To Know About Trees — Friday, May 19, taught by Jud Kirkness
- Growing Garlic in Sitka — Date TBA (toward the end of the summer), taught by Jennifer Carter
For more information about the classes, contact Jennifer Carter at 747-0520. Other classes may be added at a later date if we find volunteers to teach them.
Posted in education, Food choices, food security, Gardens, Local food in Alaska projects and research, Local food in the news, tagged berries, carrots, community garden, Cornell University, education, encouragement, eXtension Foundation, food, food security, garden, Geisel Software, Grow & Tell app, Grow and Tell app, Heidi Rader, Jeff Fay, lettuce, potatoes, produce, projects, Tanana Chiefs Conferece, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks, vegetables on March 23, 2017|
Heidi Rader describes the new Grow & Tell app and website she developed as “essentially Yelp for gardeners.”
Rader teaches gardening and farming as the tribes Extension educator for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and the Tanana Chiefs Conference. She also reaches gardeners and farmers from around the state through distance-delivered courses.The free app, which was released Tuesday, allows gardeners in the United States to see what vegetable varieties grow best in their areas based on what other gardeners say. The app also invites gardeners to act as citizen scientists and rate the varieties that they have grown for taste, yield and reliability.
Vegetable variety trials conducted in Fairbanks show what grows well here, she said but not in other areas of the state.
“That works pretty well for me but not for people, say, in Arctic Village or Nome,” she said.
Rader hopes that lots of gardeners will rate crops, which will make the app more useful for others. “It’s citizen scientists conducting variety trials where they live,” she said.
The app is available on the App Store for iPhones, Google Play for android phones or as a website at www.growandtell.us. Development of the app was funded by a grant from the eXtension Foundation to promote innovation in the Cooperative Extension Service. To keep the app free, Rader said, Extension will seek sponsorships to pay for updates, fixes and regular maintenance. Additionally, event advertising can also be purchased and targeted to app users locally, by state or nationally.
Rader hopes to expand the app to capture ratings on other plants used in the landscape and garden, including trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits and berries.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks recognized Rader with a 2016 Invent Alaska Award for her work on the app. Cornell University contributed ratings that it had already collected as well as lessons learned from operating a similar citizen science project. A Boston-based company, Geisel Software, built the app. For more information, contact Heidi Rader at email@example.com.