Have you heard of “No Mow May”? While it has become a catchy phrase in Wisconsin that encourages homeowners to pause lawn mowing during May, does this practice actually support pollinators?
Apr. 1, 2024
The UW-Madison Extension Community Food Systems Program will provide no-cost virtual workshops for small-scale food and farming business start-ups during Mondays in April, from April 1st to April 29th. Learn tips for running and growing a successful food business from specialists and entrepreneurs!

Visit https://foodsystems.extension.wisc.edu/2024-webinar-series/ to view the April 2024 schedule and to register.
Mar. 28, 2024
Join us for an informative presentation on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Wisconsin. 
Mar. 25, 2024
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Feb. 20, 2024
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Jan. 19, 2024
Save the dates for the 2024 Annual CAFO meetings!

Register at https://go.wisc.edu/cafo2024
Dec. 26, 2023
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View our December Newsletter here.
Dec. 26, 2023
Whether you're looking for a last minute gift idea or just looking to get crafty, food gifts are a great idea! 
Dec. 20, 2023
Looking for some money-saving holiday shopping tips? The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection has got you covered! We've listed a few here, but click here to learn more.
Dec. 18, 2023
Giving Tuesday is over, but many Wisconsinites will be donating to charities, nonprofits, and other organizations this holiday season. Scammers know this, and take advantage of others generosity. 
Dec. 13, 2023
Don't play games with toy safety! The Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection provides a helpful article when it comes to toy safety and gift giving this holiday season. 

To see the full article, click here. 
Dec. 12, 2023
Join Nonprofit Leader Conversations and Dominique Green from Dom G Creative Agency for a conversation about how to connect your marketing to culture and provide inclusive authentic communication about your organization, your activities, and with your staff and volunteers.
Dec. 11, 2023
Learn more about this invasive insect that could make an appearance in our state in the not-too-distant future.
Dec. 4, 2023
UW-Madison Extension held a successful FEED Summit in Northeast Wisconsin in November.  The Food Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development (FEED) Summit was attended by over 100 food entrepreneurs, business assistance professionals, and Extension educators from around Wisconsin.
Dec. 1, 2023
Nonprofit Leader Conversations presents the 'Enhancing Your Cybersecurity Practices' webinar on December 14. Cybersecurity experts from the financial consulting firm CLA will be on the call for a brief presentation about how to enhance your practices relating to cybersecurity.
Nov. 30, 2023
Diana Alfuth, Horticulture Outreach Specialist, has tips for keeping your houseplants and furry friends safe this winter here.

Remember to ask Extension about your plant questions using the 'Ask a Gardening Question' form.
Nov. 29, 2023
Have an agriculture question or agriculture issue? UW-Extension offers the Ask an Agriculture Question form as a simple and quick way to reach an Extension staff member who can answer your question.
Nov. 28, 2023
Twelve local entrepreneurial pitch contest winners will advance to the November 30 NEW Launch Alliance regional pitch competition at TitletownTech! These local contest winners will demonstrate a variety of creative business ideas in New North region. While there is no charge to attend the NEW Launch Alliance Pitch Event, registration is requested and available at https://tinyurl.com/NEWLaunchPitch2023
Nov. 27, 2023
Join UW-Madison Division of Extension Farm Succession Outreach Specialist, Joy Kirkpatrick, on Friday, December 15, 2023, at noon for the free Getting Started on Your Farm Succession Plan webinar.
Nov. 22, 2023
Save the date for Pesticide Applicator Training 2024!
 
Nov. 14, 2023
It's hard to believe Thanksgiving preparations are underway. The USDA has an in-depth article on how to prepare arguably the most important part of your Thanksgiving spread, the turkey!

To view this article, click here.
Nov. 10, 2023
COMET™ is a short, two-hour program offered by UW – Madison Division of Extension educators for the agricultural and rural communities in Wisconsin. The program can be offered in-person as a standalone workshop, attached to a larger conference, or on a virtual platform. 
Nov. 9, 2023
Lycorma Delicatula, commonly called the 'Spotted Lanternfly' is an invasive species knocking on Wisconsin's door.
Nov. 7, 2023
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Oct. 24, 2023
Are you interested in trying out a new idea on your farm? Have you thought about applying for a grant but weren’t sure where to start?

On Tuesday, October 17th and Thursday, October 19th UW-Madison Division of Extension will host webinars to introduce farmers and agricultural professionals to grant opportunities in agriculture.
Oct. 12, 2023
​Please join the Brown County Seed Library for their first seed packing event of the fall. We will be gathering at the STEM Innovation Center, room 136, to clean and pack seeds to replenish the library and prepare for next year's launch. Open to all ages and to anyone on or off Facebook.

Please register here for the session you would like to attend:
https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/c5z3vee

Session 1: 9am - 11:30am
Session 2: 12pm - 2:30pm
Oct. 11, 2023
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Oct. 6, 2023
Join Lisa Johnson, Horticulture Educator of Dane County Extension, for the Green Thumb Gardening - Fall 2023 Webinar Series. This series features a wide variety of Autumn themed gardening classes for both experienced and beginning gardeners.
Sept. 19, 2023
Your guide to remaking fruit gels that have come out too-soft or syrupy. 
Aug. 31, 2023
With food preservation season upon on us, it's always best to play it safe when it comes to substitutions and changes in canning.
Aug. 30, 2023
Register today for the 2023 FEED Summit in Green Bay, WI!
--November 13-14, 2023--


This annual Summit is an opportunity for aspiring and early entrepreneurs in food & farming businesses to come together to learn business fundamentals and build business connections!
Learn more and register here.

Sign up for upcoming Virtual Info Sessions on August 14 and 21 here.
Aug. 2, 2023
When it comes to home canning, vinegar plays a critical role in safety AND flavor.
White and cider vinegars acceptable for home preserving are standardized to 5% acidity. But, increasingly, store brands of vinegar are available with 4% acidity. Be sure to read the label! If you choose a vinegar with 4% or lower acidity, it may not be strong enough to safely preserve food. Check out this information and more about safe home canning here.
July 26, 2023
Brown County Needs Your Help to Improve Internet Access
Wisconsin Residents Asked to Take WISER Survey to Help Internet Planning Efforts

In order to better understand your internet needs, barriers and network performance, and to help shape Brown County’s and the State of Wisconsin's internet planning efforts, Brown County and the Wisconsin Broadband Office (WBO) are encouraging all Wisconsin households to take the Wisconsin Internet Self-Report (WISER) survey.

See the Press Release here.
July 20, 2023
Planning AHEAD is a 7-session course (one hour each) that guides participants through various topics on end of life arrangements. This course features a free workbook to help people with the tasks and decisions associated with end-of-life planning.
This program is for people who:
•Want to create end-of-life plans
•Have lost a loved one
•Are in the process of losing a loved one and are dealing with the transition
This virtual course will take place September 19th - November 7th, 2023 on Tuesdays from 11am to noon via Zoom.
**September 19th is a required tech check**
Please register at: https://go.wisc.edu/i0h3f7 by Monday, September 11th.
July 13, 2023
Join us for the Virtual StrongBodies Program! July 11 - September 28, 9am - 10:15am.

StrongBodies has been shown to increase strength, muscle mass, and bone density. Classes are held twice weekly and include progressive resistance training, balance training, and flexibility exercises.

Register online to join this virtual series: https://go.wisc.edu/12rqa3

Questions? Contact Jen Whitty at jennifer.whitty@wisc.edu
June 26, 2023
UW Extension is offering Online Parenting Classes through the Parenting and Family Relationships Department of the Division of Extension. These online classes are broken down into two categories:
  1. Resilient Co-Parenting (for parents or caregivers raising children together while living apart)
  2. Raising Wisconsin’s Children (for any caregiver)

Learn more here! (https://parenting.extension.wisc.edu/online-parenting-classes/)
June 20, 2023
Covering Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization and program of UW-Madison Division of Extension that helps people in Wisconsin find and use health insurance.

You can get in contact with an expert Health Insurance Navigators to receive help on:
  • Knowing your options for plans and financial help
  • igning up for Healthcare.gov, BadgerCare Plus or Medicaid
  • Using your plan to get the health care you need
  • Solving billing or coverage problems
There are 3 ways you can make an appointment with a Health Insurance Navigator:
  1. Call Tony Lee, Northeastern WI Regional Navigator Lead, at 920-857-0401
  2. Visit www.Coveringwi.org/enroll
  3. Text COVER to 920-507-5295
June 9, 2023

SAVE THE DATE for Fall 2023 Virtual Grant Writing Workshops
Thursday, September 14, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
Monday, September 18, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
* This is a free program *
Registration is required- coming soon

Language interpretation available.
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June 9, 2023
Much of the state of Wisconsin is currently experiencing a “flash drought.” When is it time to begin implementing drought readiness strategies on your farm?

Badger Crop Connect is running a special topic Zoom webinar to address this issue on Friday, June 9th at 9:00 a.m.
You can sign up for this webinar here.

A series of topics will be discussed with a quick paced format to connect growers with resources to assist decision-making. The topics will include impact of weather on historic crop yield potential, seasonal weather patterns, critical grain development stages, soil fertility decisions in dry conditions, alternative forage options, soil moisture management, federal crop insurance risk management, and FSA program assistance.
June 7, 2023
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Strategic Consulting hosted the 23rd annual Showcase event on Thursday, April 20, at Union South. This day-long event brought together campus colleagues to share best practices, learn from each other’s successes, and connect.

Patrick Nehring, Community Development Educator; Liliana Ramirez Gonzalez, FoodWIse Coordinator; and Clarice Martell, Healthy Communities Coordinator submitted a proposal which was accepted into this juried event. Their poster “Collaboration to Understand Food Security; Leveraging partnerships to reach the community.” They partnered with a number of community organizations in Brown County to implement the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food security survey. In addition to sharing the value of partnerships, the poster featured results showing the prevalence of food insecurity in Brown County. 

See Extension Brown County's poster, number 23, here.
May 23, 2023
The second annual STEM Family Day took place April 29, 2023 - and with more than 850 attendees, was a complete success.  Extension Brown County, a partner in planning the event with UWGB, UWGB Engineering Club and the Einstein Project, supported six hands on booths during the event, which was open from 10:00am until 2:00pm.  From planting seeds with the Northeast Wisconsin Master Gardeners, to learning about DNA, micropipettes, engineering paper plate hats, learning about what is in our blood, and identifying fingerprints, Extension Brown County provided opportunities for youth to find their sparks with us.  Chris Clover, the 4-H Mascot, also made an appearance multiple times throughout the day.
May 23, 2023
Over 250 nonprofit professionals across Northeast Wisconsin gathered this April for UW Green Bay’s Nonprofit Education & Development Network Conference. 
Apr. 19, 2023
Join in to help pollinators in Wisconsin! Get your calendar and mark down UW-Madison Extension Horticulture Program’s Wisconsin Celebrates Pollinator Week from June 19-25, 2023 and visit the Wisconsin Celebrate Pollinator Week website: https://bit.ly/41nwp6M
Apr. 19, 2023
With summer right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about summer camps!  Brown County 4-H is offering a summer’s worth of topics - something for everyone.

We will be holding camps Mondays-Wednesdays from 8:30-11:30, and another topic/theme from 12:30-3:30.  Join us for the morning camp, join us for the afternoon camp, or stay with us for the day.  Campers who sign up for both morning and afternoon camps will eat lunch with our instructor team and head into an afternoon of hands-on learning.

For more information, or to sign up (spots are limited!), follow us here!
Apr. 18, 2023
A total of 31 professional manure applicators and farmers from across Wisconsin participated in the Manure 101 session. The objective of the session was to provide training on safe manure handling and application practices, human and environmental safety. Topics covered during the training include road safety, manure gas safety, manure regulations and application, spill response, CAFO regulations, pump safety, equipment calibration, and public relations.
Apr. 18, 2023
The March 4th Brown County Seed Library Launch Party was a huge success!

More than 3000 seed packets were distributed, with more than 700 adults and kids in attendance!  


If you missed the event, that is okay! The Brown County Seed Library is currently restocking their supply to continue distributing seeds to the community on a first-come basis as supplies last.

For more information, visit BrownCountyLibrary.org/Seed-Library.
Mar. 15, 2023
Save the date for the 2023 Brown County Water Summit: June 28, 2023 7:30am - 12:00pm
The event will be held in the Resch Expo - 2nd floor  (840 Armed Forces DriveGreen Bay, Wisconsin 54304)

The 2023 Summit marks the second year of this event in Brown County. The Brown County Water Summit addresses the variety of water issues in and around Brown County. 

The 2023 Summit will revisit outcomes of the 2022 event and provide a framework to continue conversations on top issues, present project case studies, and encourage networking and collaboration.

This year will feature local water projects. If you are interested in presenting your project at this year's event, please contact Mike Mushinski, Brown County Conservationist, by Friday, March 31(920-391-4621 or michael.mushinski@browncountywi.gov). Selected projects will proivde 15-minute presentations and act as the expert for a facilitated breakout. 
Mar. 15, 2023
The Brown County 4-H Program Continues to Spark Enthusiasm!

The Brown County 4-H Afterschool program, currently operating in three elementary schools in the Green Bay Public Schools, is reaching young people, kindergarten through 5th grade, with robotics and coding using Lego Robotics.  While it appears the skills being learned are all about engineering and design, coding and programming, the program is also designed to give young people the opportunity to learn communication, critical thinking, decision making, problem solving, and collaboration.  4-H Program Instructors lead young people through building, designing and programming, and provide space for youth choices to be made on how the robot looks, moves and interacts. 

For more information about 4-H, robotics programs or to get young people involved, call 920-391-4654 or email melinda.pollen@wisc.edu 
Mar. 14, 2023
The UW-Madison Division of Extension Brown County partnered with seven Brown County food pantries to conduct the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Security Survey which included additional questions based on local food access areas. Extension Brown County has conducted the USDA Food Security approximately every five years since 1999. The purpose of this survey project was to to develop a deeper understanding of why community members may not be able to access the food they need resulting in food insecurity.

Learn more about key findings here.
Mar. 14, 2023
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Feb. 16, 2023
2023 Farmers Market Manager Workshop 
All farmers market managers are invited to spend a day developing their farmers market skills and knowledge at one of UW-Madison Divison of Extension's Farmers Market Manager Workshops. We have invited speakers to share their expertise and reserved two time slots for round table discussions where our attendees can ask questions and share their knowledge. 

See more information, including location, registration, and agenda information here: https://go.wisc.edu/253955
Jan. 30, 2023
The weather outside is frightful. So it is a great time for folks to be gardening inside or planning for the upcoming season. The Horticulture Program’s “Get Ready to Garden Again” webinar series will take your mind off of the chilly weather. This series of three FREE webinars are weekly February 8-22. 
Each webinar is 20 minutes followed by Q&A. Registration required. Open to the public. All webinars will be recorded.
  • Indoor Plant Care During Winter: February 8, 12pm – 12:30pm
  • Rejuvenating Neglected Apple Trees: February 15, 12pm – 12:30pm
  • Planning for a Seed Saving Vegetable Garden:February 22, 12pm – 12:30pm
To register for any of these mini webinars, go to https://bit.ly/3J2Bbk6

This mini-webinar series is hosted by UW-Madison, Division of Extension, Horticulture. For upcoming events and learning opportunities go to: https://hort.extension.wisc.edu/events/
Jan. 27, 2023
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Jan. 14, 2023
Work with youth in Kindergarten through 5th grade teaching life skills using Legos and basic robotics from provided lesson plans.
Training and materials all provided.

$17/Hour 2 hours per day, M-Th (between 3:00-6:00)

Interested? Learn more about this job opportunity here.
Jan. 14, 2023

Brown County Extension Community Gardens Program will be the honored recipient of a grant from Doctors in Recital following their January 28, 2023 concert.  After a two-year hiatus caused by the corona virus pandemic, the concert will take the stage at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at 7:00 PM on the 28th.  The amount of proceeds is based on ticket sales and sponsorship.  
 

Doctors in Recital


Doctors in Recital is an evening of musical excellence put on by area physicians donating their time and talents to raise money for a local cause.

The Doctors in Recital Concert will be at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 28th at 7:00PM

Tickets are $25 and available for in-person purchase from the Brown County Extension Office. Payment may be made by check or cash.

Tickets are for open seating.

More information on this program:
http://www.doctorsinrecital.org/
 
Jan. 13, 2023
Northeastern Wisconsin Master Gardeners
2023 Speaker Series  |  March 4th & April 15th
Register here: go.wisc.edu/1szgo7
Advance Registration: $10
Day-of Registration: $15

See more information here.
Dec. 16, 2022
Check out the November 2022 Newsletter for information about Brown County Extension job openings and programming updates.

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Dec. 15, 2022
Check out the November 2022 Newsletter for information about Brown County Extension job openings and programming updates.

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Nov. 15, 2022
Check out the October 2022 Newsletter for information about Brown County Extension job openings, 4-H enrollment, nonprofit resources, and other resources from your local extension office.
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Oct. 14, 2022
Join Extension Brown County for a pickled beet canning class on August 24th, 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
This class will teach you the basics of canning for making pickled beets! At the end of class, you will have your very own jar of pickled beets! 

Class is $10 per registrant. Register by August 22nd. Classes are capped at 12 participants. A waiting list will open for additional registrants.

Register here!
Aug. 17, 2022
Check out the May 2022 Newsletter for information about 4-H Summer Camps, Pollinator Week, Nonprofit Leader Conversations, and more! Subscribe to our newsletter here to get the latest information directly in your inbox.
May 19, 2022
Become a Mental Health First Aider for Youth and/or Adults! Classes are FREE.

Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support.

Why get trained?
  • 1 in 5 people live with a mental health condition.
  • 123 people die by suicide each day on average.
  • 59.4% of Wisconsin Youth have experienced depression, anxiety, or self-harm in the past 12 months.
Sign up for Youth and/or Adult Mental Health First Aid Training here.
  • Learn more about Adult Mental Health First Aid Training here.
  • Learn more about Youth Mental Health First Aid Training here.
Mar. 14, 2022

FREE virtual small group conversations for nonprofit leaders on the pressing management issues of today. Discuss timely topics with a small group of peers and invited discussants who share knowledge and participate in Q&A. Conversations are lightly facilitated by our faculty. FREE to participate, but registration required and limited to the first 20 who sign up.

View full article for dates and registration links...

Feb. 11, 2022
Learn tips for running and growing a successful food business from specialists and entrepreneurs!

This no-cost series of online trainings is for small-scale food business entrepreneurs. Designed as a four-part series, the trainings will cover best practices in social media and marketing, strategies for overcoming labor challenges, collaborative marketing and distribution options, and an introduction to GrowthWheel, a tool to guide small business development. While based at UW-Madison Extension, this series is open to all. All sessions will be delivered via Zoom. Registration is required. Participants who register will be emailed a link to archived program materials.

Click into the news article for more details about each session.
 
Feb. 8, 2022
UW-Madison, Division of Extension and the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association, Fox Valley Chapter team up to provide the Landscape Professionals Conference March 1-2, 2022 at the Bridgewood Conference Center in Neenah, WI. 
 
This two-day conference is designed to enhance your professional landscape skills and appreciation for sustainable landscapes. 
 
For more information visit: http://www.landscapeprofessionalsworkshop.com/ 
 
Feb. 3, 2022
Did you know that you can check your credit report for free - 3 times a year?
 
Checking your credit report is important! It's an opportunity to make sure personal/financial info is accurate, make sure there has been no fraudulent activity, and to take action to have any errors corrected. 
 
Mark your calendar for the following dates: February 2, June 6, and October 10! 
 
For more information click here.
Jan. 21, 2022
EFC - Encouraging Financial Conversations is a program designed for case managers, social workers and other frontline staff to help empower clients achieve their financial goals and manage their money. EFC participants will learn techniques and strageies to help their clients create a financial goals action plan, build and maintain good credit, pay off debts, write a spending and savings plan, and protect themselves from fraud and identity theft.

Join this 3 week virtual lunch & learn during the month of March, 2022:

Tuesday, March 8
Thursday, March 10
Tuesday, March 15
Thursday, March 17
Tuesday, March 22
Thursday, March 24

All sessions are from 11:30am-12:30pm.

Registration is required to access Zoom.
View the flyer for more information.
 
Jan. 14, 2022
Te Presentamos: Diferentes Negocios de Alimentos
  • 18 de enero @ 10:00 am via Zoom – Como importer
  • 25 de enero @ 10:00 am via Zoom – Creceindo un negocio de comida en tres estapas 
Registrarse aqui: https://go.wisc.edu/m6hat6

We are providing Food business workshops in Spanish
  • January 18 at 10:00 am via Zoom – How to import
  • January 25 at 10:00 am via Zoom – Three stages of food business growth
Register here.
Jan. 14, 2022
Many American families began receiving Advance Child Tax Credit (ACTC) payments on July 15. Here's what you need to know about the changes to the child tax credit, choices you can make, and planning for 2021 taxes.

Advance Child Tax Credit Information Sheet - English
Crédito Fiscal por Hijos por adelantado - Espanól
 
Aug. 17, 2021

The American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend everyone 12 years and older get the COVID-19 vaccination to protect against COVID-19. Children ages 12-17 are eligible to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Only 32.7% of 12–15-year-olds and 42% of 16-17-year-olds have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine series according to the latest data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Children under 12 are still not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccines. View full article to continue reading...

Aug. 9, 2021
The CDC Federal Eviction Moratorium ends on July 31st. For landlords, this will allow evictions for non-payment of rent to begin again. However, there are alternatives to eviction that can be mutually beneficial for both tenants and landlords.
 
Learn more here.
July 28, 2021
The federal eviction moratorium is ending on July 31st and any renters who are behind on payments could be in danger of losing their homes. There are steps you can take to try to prevent eviction.
 
Learn more here.
July 28, 2021

Project Recovery is an outreach program working with individuals, families, and communities impacted by COVID-19 throughout the state of Wisconsin. Trained outreach workers provide community-based support and education to help farmers, farmworkers, and their communities cope during this stressful time.

1-833-FARM-HELP (1-833-327-6435) is the farmer crisis hotline, it is put in place to help anyone experiencing stress related to the pandemic (toll-free).

View full article for additional details...

Dec. 10, 2020
While the widespread shift to remote work hasn't been without its challenges, it does offer a major silver lining: For many of us, commuting has become a thing of the past. Use the time you save on your commute to the home office wisely with these six tips from Harvard Business Review.
Sept. 10, 2020
Why buy your food locally? Freshly picked fruits and vegetables are flavorful, healthy and nutritious, and they will last longer in your fridge! Local, sustainable farms help keep our environment clean. They create less pollution and use fewer harmful chemicals which protects our air, water and soil.

When you support small farms and businesses, you keep money in your local community and support other hard working families. Fresh Farm Atlas has provided a brochure that outlines how to obtain fresh, local food as well as how to choose in-season produce.
 
Aug. 27, 2020

Badger Talks is pleased to present a Facebook Live series of talks on topics that intend to inspire, delight, and pleasantly distract in a time we are all needing positive experiences. Tune in to hear UW– Madison faculty and staff experts on a variety of interesting and engaging topics. Not able to watch the live talk? Don't worry!  All talks are recorded and available for viewing at your convienence.

Click here to see a list of upcoming Badger Talks Live or view past talks. 

Aug. 24, 2020

A Tool to Help You Build Resilience During Difficult Times

In this unprecedented period of global uncertainty, The Wellness Society felt it was necessary to put together this workbook to provide our community with much needed support.

Accepting your feelings is an important first step to building resilience.  Click here to view the workbook to help build your toolbox in dealing with Coronavirus.

Aug. 24, 2020
Did you lose your job and need health insurance? You can get free help!

View full article for additional details...
Aug. 17, 2020
"If there are things you want to be sure your teen does when leaving the home, returning to work or school or social contact, make those expectations clear." - Amy Stockhausen, a pediatrician at UW Health, on talking to teenagers about the challenges of life during an outbreak. She offers additional tips on how to provide extra support for teens during COVID-19.

Watch the interview with Amy Stockhausen.
 
July 29, 2020

Thank you to WFRV Local 5 for the wonderful news story that highlighted the Brown County Community Gardens Program.  Check it out on their website by clicking here! 

For more information on the program, click here to be directed to the Community Gardens webpage. 

 

June 3, 2020
This growing season, the Green Bay Packers and Brown County Community Gardens are partnering for the fourth year on the Planting for a Purpose Program to encourage community members to plant a garden plot and donate fresh produce to local food pantries.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local food pantries report there is great need for more fresh produce donations to meet clients' needs. By signing up and pledging to donate a portion of their harvest, local gardeners can help ensure all community members have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Read the press release and find out how to get involved here. Free seed potatoes and rain gauges are available for participants, while supplies last.
May 16, 2020

Tap the resources of University of Wisconsin-Extension, Brown County.  Extension can provide information, training and direction based on the goals of your organization. After an initial assessment, Extension will develop a flexible class schedule and plan, working with your organization to best determine class location and format to maximize attendance and return.  Click here for more information on how Extension can help your organization. 

Apr. 28, 2020

To support the growing food truck and food cart industry through the COVID-19 emergency, UW-Madison, Division of Extension has developed a comprehensive resource designed to help business owners implement best practices in food safety, identify new business opportunities, and utilize resources such as grants, loans, and childcare support.  Please click here to access this guide.
 

Apr. 13, 2020
If you are unsure of how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your business or paycheck, this U.S. Department of Labor website is a great resource for information.
Apr. 9, 2020
With COVID-19 spreading throughout Wisconsin communities, it is important to consider all measures of protecting yourself from exposure to the virus. This includes food safety. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration website has a wealth of information about food safety during this pandemic, ranging from the food supply, maintaining social distancing within the food industry, and the safety of food industry workers. View the website here.
Apr. 9, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down schools across the nation, many parents are concerned about keeping their children active without the help of physical education (PE) classes.

But, UW–Madison’s Cindy Kuhrasch, who oversees the School of Education’s physical education teacher education program, sees these new circumstances as an opportunity to showcase the full potential that PE can have in children’s lives. To help parents come up with ideas, Kuhrasch, her colleagues, and students are updating the UW-Madison physical education teacher education program’s Facebook page regularly to provide free resources and inspiration for staying active at home.

View the webpage and full article here.
 
Apr. 9, 2020

Providing child care to the essential workforce is critical to flattening the curve of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. To meet this need, Governor Evers created the Child Care for Essential Workers Taskforce.  Click here for an informational flyer on the taskforce. Led by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the taskforce is working with the Early Childhood Association (WECA) and Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) to connect essential workforce families in need of child care with locally available child care resources.

View full article for additional details...

Mar. 31, 2020

Keep your brain busy during COVID-19. Click here to download a Groundwater Crossword Puzzle.  Learn terms related to groundwater and be sure to check out the fact sheet on the second page that details the new terms you learned. 

Mar. 31, 2020
You hate to let a temporary financial setback impact your good standing with your creditors and lower your credit score for years to come. If you find that money is tight and you won't be able to keep up with bills, take action right away. Find the full article here.
Mar. 31, 2020
There is little doubt that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives—from virtual classrooms to telecommuting to early restaurant closing times to outright quarantines. Observing public health measures and reducing exposure to the virus are required to slow the spread of this disease. No one knows how long these virus safety measures will need to stay in place, but it presents a perfect time to protect and improve your health while practicing social distancing. Healthy eating is especially important for keeping your immune system in top condition. Click here for some steps you can take to eat healthy in the times of COVID.
Mar. 31, 2020
With 40 U.S. states now closing public schools to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, parents have had little to no time to plan for keeping their children at home 24/7. Suddenly, and in some cases overnight, families are figuring out how to live, learn and work - together and separately - all under one roof. This article offers tips for learning and working from home! 

What do we tell children in times of uncertainty like these? There are no easy answers but Travis Wright, an associate professor of counseling psychology at the School of Education at UW-Madison, offers some suggestions in this article.
Mar. 31, 2020

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is impacting households, communities, and businesses. A new national survey shows that 1 in 5 households in the US have already had their income cut or stopped altogether. Click here for financial resources to help you through COVID-19. 

Mar. 30, 2020

Coronavirus is making life stressful for everyone. If you're in isolation at home with kids, you're probably hearing the phrase "I'm bored" a lot!
 
Beat the boredom by trying out this weeks NEW featured resource:
Kid-friendly safe recipes!
 
Or try engaging your kids with one of these fun activities:
Scrub Club – a cartoon game about handwashing with a fun song
Coloring Placemats – free printable placemats with activities
Smart Kids Fight BAC! – a classic cartoon video about food safety

Mar. 30, 2020

Extension has resources available at your fingertips to help families throughout these trying times.  Parenting tips, fun activities, how to connect with each other and much more. Click here to utilize these resources

Mar. 30, 2020
Happy Valley 4-H club coordinated a countywide effort to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House by collecting pop tabs. Beginning in the spring of 2019, the club began a drive for all Brown County 4-H clubs to collect the small tabs from aluminum cans. Clubs brought their pop tabs to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center for a weigh-in on Saturday, October 5th.

Brown County 4-H clubs and groups together raised nearly 600 pounds of aluminum tabs by collecting at various events and locations throughout Brown County. Through additional partner-ships and charitable contributions from local organizations, Hap-py Valley 4-H club will present a donation of more than 700,000 aluminum tabs as well as additional cash donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin. They’re not stop-ping there.
“Our vision is to be able to continue the program each year and hopefully grow and expand to include everyone, whether you collect handful of pop tabs or hundreds of pounds,” said club leader Nicki Van Deurzen.

Anyone interested in helping Brown County 4-H to collect pop tabs can contact bc4hpoptabs@gmail.com.
Nov. 21, 2019
FoodWIse partners with the Oneida school district to deliver Nutrition education that promotes behavior change in a variety of settings and grades.   A total of nine classroom series with five lesson each were provided in classrooms and summer school.  Programs were taught with pre-school children and their parents, third, fifth and eighth grade students during the school year and with grades three and four during summer.

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Nov. 21, 2019
Master Gardener Volunteers (N.E.W. Master Gardeners) from the Locktender's House Native Planting Project in De Pere were presented with an award by the De Pere Beautification Committee at the De Pere City Council meeting. Attached is a picture of the volunteers along with De Pere Mayor, Mike Walsh, after receiving the award.
Nov. 21, 2019