Alaskan Grower’s School
By Stephanie Martin
Sun Star Intern
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension a $411,256 grant to create and teach a course called the Alaskan Grower’s School in rural Alaska. The USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program gave the grant. The course’s agenda is to provide students with the knowledge and skills essential to successfully growing enough food for themselves and 10 other families.
According to a press release by project director Heidi Rader, the extension educator at the Tanana Chief’s Conference, the course will help Alaska Natives in remote communities grow food to complement traditional subsistence activities.
The course will be offered through several distance-delivery methods in order to find the best method for rural Alaska. The curriculum will be developed in part from the existing Alaska Master Gardener online course.