Author: vheinz

Free Pressure Canner Dial Gauge Testing

The Cooperative Extension Service is offering free testing of pressure canner dial gauges on Monday, June 11, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Seward Community Library and Museum. Gauges can be tested on or off the lid of the canner. It is important to have pressure canner dial […]

Carbon Monoxide, A Silent Killer

Winter in Alaska provides us many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, or to spend some quality time indoors too.  Staying warm while it’s cold outside is a primary concern to most all of us, but there can be unforeseen hazards from the odorless, colorless gas, Carbon Monoxide.  This product of […]

Healthier Holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, full of joyous celebrations and time with loved ones.  However, many people find that holiday cheer comes with an uninvited guest. Extra pounds. Seasonal baking, feasting, and parties can be a stumbling block for even the most well-intentioned individual. Here are a […]

Why Use a Food Thermometer?

  Using a food thermometer is the only sure way to determine if your food has reached a high enough temperature to destroy foodborne bacteria. Many people rely on “eyeballing” food. This can be misleading, especially if cooking by color. According to USDA research 1 out of 4 hamburgers turn […]

Cockroaches, the Ultimate Unwanted Visitor

Here in Alaska we are free of many pests common to warmer climates, but as with all things in life, change is inevitable. Cockroaches are becoming a bit more widespread and so what is a person to do? We can learn about pest lifecycles, how to avoid introduction, detection and […]

4-H Global Exchange Program

If you are longing for adventure and are looking for a way to positively impact your world then the Alaska 4–H Global Citizenship and exchange program has some exciting opportunities to consider. This innovative program offers youth, between the ages of 10 and 18, a chance to see the world […]

Pantry Pests, the Uninvited Pests

Sometimes we open up food products to find the surprise of uninvited guests wiggling in what we had hoped to consume.  These insects and their larvae are grouped into what is called “pantry pests” and they inhabit flours, grains, pastas, nuts, pet foods and much more.  What to do about […]

“I Pledge My Head to Clearer Thinking”

Do you have a tough decision that needs making, or a problem that needs solving?  Have you considered asking a 4-H’er to help out? 4-H is a youth development program that helps children and teens develop the skills necessary to become good critical-thinkers, goal-setters, organizers and doers.  By completing projects […]

Bee Keeping in Alaska

While it is early spring many beekeepers in Alaska have already placed their “bee” order and are getting hives ready for their arrival.  If you are thinking about entering the fascinating world of beekeeping Cooperative Extension Service has a FREE publication titled “Beekeeping in Alaska” to help provide you with […]

A Ready Seward Starts with YOU!

“Winging it is not an emergency plan,” is the theme of a current FEMA campaign. Sadly, national statistics indicate less than 20% of households are prepared for emergencies. March 27, 1964 is proof that disasters happen and in a big way in Alaska. If you have been procrastinating making a […]

Training Offered for Farmers Market Vendors

Learn how to market your product, how to setup your temporary food booth, and what foods do and do not require ADEC permits. This training will be presented via videoconference on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10 am – 1pm in Ward Building Room 115 at Kenai Peninsula College.  The same material […]