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.

View full article for additional details...
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