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UAF Field Day to offer information about growing grains


Fairbanks, Alaska—Home gardeners and others interested in growing wheat and barley are invited to a field day Aug. 16 at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus.

The UAF Cooperative Extension Service and the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences are hosting the free event at 5:30 p.m. in the wheat and barley fields, across the road from the Georgeson Botanical Garden. Participants will learn about wheat and barley varieties that do well in the Interior and how to plant and care for the grains, as well as harvesting, threshing and making flour. They will also get ideas and recipes for using the flour.

“It’s all about growing your own food and food security,” said Steven Seefeldt, the Tanana District agriculture and horticulture agent who is coordinating the event.

Seefeldt said the event is aimed at growers who want to grow grains in a garden without tractors or combines. The event will include presentations by Seefeldt, soil scientist Mingchu Zhang, research technician Bob Van Veldhuizen and food research technician Kate Idzorek.

ON THE WEB: www.uaf.edu/ces

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