While you are spending a little more time at home, this is a great time to get prepared for the Spring growing season! Remember that Extension Brown County is available to help with any of your Horticulture questions. Andrea Ackerman, Extension Brown County Horticulture Educator, is checking voicemails and emails daily and ready to help to get your 2020 growing season off to the right start! Call 920-391-4615 or email email@example.com with your questions.
We are not accepting in-person visits at this time. Please call or email your questions only.
As you may be aware, Extension Brown County along with the UW-Madison community have been keeping a close eye on developments around the novel coronavirus COVID-19. All Extension in-person activities at least through May 3rd are postponed or cancelled.
Although we are physically distancing, we hope to connect with the public now more than ever with the power of the internet and social media. Our educators are working hard to bring content virtually to your home. Our Facebook pages are being populated daily with ideas to keep your mind and body healthy and to help us stay connected with eachother as a community. Please use the links below to like our Facebook pages.
Extension Brown County
Extension Brown County 4-H Positive Youth Development
Extension Brown County Horticulture
Extension Brown County Agriculture
Brown County Community Gardens Program
FoodWIse Extension Brown County
If you do not want to connect with Facebook, please use the links below to see our news section for each department. We have the same content that is being shared on Facebook here.
General Extension News
4-H Positive Youth Development News
Social distancing does not mean social disconnect. Call, email, message, comment, hashtag - stay active and stay connected!
Extension Brown County
Effective immediately, all in-person 4-H meetings, programs, and events are to be cancelled or postponed until at least May 3rd, and that dated could be extended. This is to minimize interpersonal contact for the health of members, volunteers, and all family members. We realize that this is disappointing to everyone, but your health and safety takes the top priority.
We will continue to send out future updates via email. If your club or group still wishes to meet virtually, please contact Ben, Alyssa, or Melinda, and we can schedule a Zoom meeting for you. We are planning to offer virtual educational videos over the course of the next month. Please follow Brown County 4-H Youth Development on Facebook. We will share resources and online learning opportunities offered by Extension through that channel! Please participate, we’d love to see learning continue.
Additionally, Extension staff have been asked to telecommute for the time being. If you need to reach someone with Extension, please contact us via email.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. We appreciate your help in keeping our communities healthy and safe.
Everyone is reminded that if you are coughing or sick, or otherwise exhibiting COVID-19 or flu like symptoms, please remain home and do not come to court. If you have a scheduled court case on the docket and need to reschedule, please contact your attorney. If you do not have an attorney, please contact the appropriate Branch or department to reschedule your court case. You must contact the appropriate Court within 24 hours of your scheduled hearing or it will be considered a Failure to Appear and additional charges could be filed for your non-appearance. Please click here for courthouse telephone numbers.
Stay busy during social distancing with hands-on activities that are for people of all ages. We are releasing new activties each week. Check out these already release YouTube videos below and get creating! Be sure to check back here each week here for the newest video which we will post at the bottom of this list!
- Looking for a way to give back, raise spirits and have some family fun? Click here to check out the short video about making Pop Up Greeting Cards, and get creating with what you have at home. Be sure to post photos of your completed cards with #wi4h and #inspirekidstodo!
- It's Engineering Challenge Time! Join us for this week's challenge: building advanced bridges. Click here to check out the YouTube Video - and in the comments under the video are the downloadable resources. Be sure to post on social media your bridges using #wi4h and #inspirekidstodo! Can't wait to see your bridges!
- Do you have as many books around the house as we do? Well, this one is for you! Join us as we learn how to Be a Story Solver. Click here to watch the video, see what makes a story good, and try your hand at being a Story Solver. Be sure to share your photos on social media using #wi4h and #inspirekidstodo.
- Can you build a tall tower with items you have around your house? Click here to check out the video (where we will share with you some ideas and techniques), and then get to building your own tallest tower! Be sure to upload a photo using #bc4hwi, #wi4h and #inspirekidstodo!
- This week's at home activity is a REALLY fun one! Edible Color Wheels! Click here to check out the video on how to make them, and snap and post your photos of YOUR color wheels and new color creations and names using #wi4h, #inspirekidstodo,and #bc4hwi.
Our last of the three part photography sessions is set for this Tuesday, April 7th at 4pm via Zoom. You are welcome to join this session, even if you didn't attend either of the first two sessions. Set a reminder on your phone to be ready to login on Tuesday with the information below.
Meeting ID: 308 726 945
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Dial by your location
If you missed the first session on getting to know your camera settings, check it out here via YouTube: https://youtu.be/S0xzYq6-Cqo
You are invited to participate in a virtual 4-H Lego club! The group had their first virtual meeting last week and is meeting again this Sunday, April 5 at 3pm. Last week, the group was challenged to build a vehicle that can safely transport at least 5 Lego minifigures. Get building, join the meeting on Sunday, and show off what you’ve made! The group is being led by a youth leader from Wood County 4-H. Brown County members are welcome! Use this link to get connected with this new virtual club: https://meet.google.com/dke-hxbg-pcs
Given the increased concern over COVID-19, the 2020 National 4-H Shooting Sports Championships has been canceled. At this time, there are no plans regarding how future plans will be adjusted for 2020 teams or if 2020 teams will have a future opportunity. Given the fact that many of our current WI shoots are now having to cancel, this will impact team selection for 2021 National.
There are four Brown County 4-H members that were selected to be on the Wisconsin Team at 2020 Nationals. National is such a wonderful family experience, truly unique, and we hope that Emma Leiterman (Shotgun), Adam Wesolowski (Shotgun), Matthew Ossmann (Shotgun), and Madeline McVey (.22 Rifle) will have this opportunity to represent Brown County and Wisconsin again.
Please click on the links below to view past email updates:
- COVID-19 Update (April 1, 2020)
- COVID-19 Resources for Farms (March 31, 2020)
- Milk Plant Capacity and Other Concerns (March 25, 2020)
- Milk Disposal Guidance from DATCP/DNR
- COVID-19 Clarification Email from DNR
- Meat Establishment Directory
- State Dairy Market Update
- Farm Visitor Check List
- Guidelines for Farm Employers - english language
- Guidelines for Farm Employers - spanish language
Milk Dumping: By now you probably have heard via the grapevine or social media (Fabulous Farm Babe, Facebook, etc) that some farms had to dump their milk yesterday and/or today. Locally, I have confirmation of farms affected in Brown, Calumet, and Fond du Lac county to name a few. Again, if you have confirmed accounts, please let me and/or DATCP know so we can continue to monitor the situation and have an accurate picture of what is happening across the state. Please continue to prepare your farm for these types of scenarios. It doesn't mean you're guaranteed to have the same happen to you, but it's important to have a plan in place. A lot is out of our control but this pre-planning is something that you can do at this time--not just for the possibility of dumped milk but also planning for disruptions in your labor force (which can include you and your spouse) if someone gets sick.
I and other extension colleagues have started getting questions about farmers' eligibility for these emergency programs that are being rolled out for small businesses and such. Extension is looking into this question, and I'll share more information when it becomes available. Extension has also been in communication with several agencies across the state and below are summaries of their recommendations at this time.
Farm Service Agency is recommending farms keep a record of dumped milk and to sign up for the email list serve by clicking here if you aren't already a part of that.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has asked that if farmers would like to report situations where milk is needing to be dumped, please contact the Farm Center at 1-800-942-2474 or FarmCenter@wisconsin.gov. Any reports received will be kept confidential.
There is a Considerations for Landspreading Milk Webinar scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. This webinar will will discuss reasons for milk surpluses at some plant and future expectations, nutrient management as it related to spreading of milk, and handling and storage issues that should be considered for milk as well regulatory requirements. Click here to RSVP for this free webinar by Monday, April 6th at 4:30pm.
Animal Waste Management Ordinances: Brown County Land and Water Conservation has stated that with the revised Animal Waste Management Ordinance, over flowing of manure storage facilities and discharges to waters of the state are violations of the State of Wisconsin's Agriculture Performance Standards and Animal Waste Prohibitions, and could be subject to citations. Mike Mushinski, Brown County LWCD director, and I recorded these videos before the current COVID-19 pandemic. Videos outline general revisions to the ordinance but nothing specific to the current pandemic.
Overview of Changes
Who does this affect?
Full video (compilation of 4 videos)
State Dairy Market Update: Dr. Mark Stephenson, our Extension Dairy Policy Analyst, issued a state of the dairy market today. Click here to view that update.
Meat Processors: Lastly, there may be disruptions to the meat processors as well either due to labor issues, decrease in consumer demand, and/or increased volumes of cull animals. If you are having difficulty with processing capacity, please take a look at the 2018-2019 Wisconsin Meat Processing Directory. You may be able to find an alternative if your normal processor is unable to accommodate you.
Private pesticide applicators: Licenses expiring Jan 31-Sept 30, 2020 are extended to Oct 31, 2020 (incl. commercial applicators). For everyone else (new or past due), please contact Liz Binversie to sign up for temporary license via online training.
Beware of scams: The government will not ask for your banking account or other personal information to issue your stimulus check. If you receive suspicious calls, emails, or even mail about this or anything else, contact Wisconsin's Consumer Protection Hotline first: 800-422-7128 or DATCPHotline@wisconsin.gov
Emergency planning: Now's a great time to create/review your plans. Be sure to have protocol in place if someone gets sick. Keep a mental (or written) note of visitors each day. If someone on your farm tests positive, this will help health officials quickly reach anyone who was in contact with them.
Please watch out for one another: Farmers are among the most likely to die by suicide, compared with other occupations, according to a January study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study also found that suicide rates overall had increased by 40% in less than two decades. If you or someone you know is feeling this way, please remind them:
- That feeling of pain, despair, and hopelessness can be overwhelming and can overpower even the strongest of people. There is no weakness is asking for help; it's actually one of the hardest things to do.
- Please talk to someone. It doesn't have to be a professional.
- Remember those that love and care about them and how much they will be missed and what they will miss out on (i.e. graduations, weddings, birthdays, and every day). The person's family is not better off without them, they are better off with them here.
- Their community needs them too. They may not realize the importance they have in their community, but I can guarantee they do.
- Please do not make a permanent decision for a temporary situation. Sometimes it's easier to talk to someone you don't know, if that's the case, please call:
Brown County Crisis Center Services (24/7)
Wisconsin Farm Center (7:45 am to 4:30 pm)
Free counseling vouchers are available!!
Contact information during "Safer at Home" order:
Extension Brown County
Due to COVID-19 social distancing protocol a Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety (FSMA-PSR) grower training class will be offered online on April 21 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The requirement that growers attend these trainings in person will return once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Click here for more information.
Let's think forward to summer! Although plans are uncertain with COVID-19, we want to think positive and have something to look forward to. If any of these camps are canceled, there will be a full refund for all participants. All these camps are open to anyone. Youth do NOT need to be 4-H members to participate.
First up is Foodie Camp where participants will be in the new STEM Innovation Center culinary kitchen! What a great opportunity for youth to learn and create in the same location as the college students are learning. We have two camps available this summer and each camp is only available to a maximum of 12 participants.
The next camp is the Corrugated Chaos Camp that we first launched last summer. We are offering two camps with two separate themes, Medieval and Space. We are capping each camp at 24 participants. We expect this to fill up fast, so pick your favorite theme and sign-up right away.
Our younger youth will have a program all to themselves with the Cloverbud Day Camp in July. Hands-on projects galore with this camp that is available to 12 participants only open to 1st and 2nd graders.
Our last camp is one of our most popular projects county and statewide. Only 18 participants will be available to sign up for Archery Camp. This camp will have hands-on target shooting and learning all the ways that archery is related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
All ages are as the youth's grade as of fall 2020 enrollment. Please click here for more information about each of these camps and to register.
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.
The Department of Children and Families (DCF) understands that certain families need continued child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of families and child care setting staff, click here to view a list of tips for parents to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
DCF is excited to launch two new tools to help connect essential workforce families to local, safe child care. Healthcare workers and essential employees are now able to submit a request for care by clicking here through the department’s updated Child Care Finder or proactively view up-to-date availability across the state using the department’s new child care map by clicking here.
More information for providers, essential workers and families can be found on the DCF COVID-19 Child Care webpage at https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/childcare
Find the full article here.
Though we are socially distancing, this does not mean we have to disconnect! Connect with our educators through social media. FoodWIse Brown County will be posting daily updates, news, information, healthy tips and challenges to our Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to like, follow, and tag us in any challenge photos you post!
Stay safe and healthy!
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.
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.
As we all face these unpredictable times, our friends at KidsGardening created and shared these ‘tried and true’ plant-based activities that are joyful for any age and don’t involve any screen time. The national nonprofit reaches close to half of a million educators, parents and volunteers with free online gardening educational resources and activities. Click here for fun gardening with kids ideas!
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
View the full press release here.
When the Victory Garden Manual was first written in 1943, it was pretty easy to come up with reasons to grow your own vegetables. It was wartime and food was scarce. The food that was available might not have been the freshest or healthiest. Statistics say that in 1943, nearly 40% of all fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. were grown in-home and community victory gardens. That’s impressive!
Now, as National Garden Bureau celebrates its 100th anniversary (1920-2020), it seems timely to reintroduce the concept of victory gardening with quick and easy steps to plan and grow your own vegetable garden.
We are calling it, Victory Garden 2.0!
All credit goes to the author of this book, James H. Burdett. Mr. Burdett founded the National Garden Bureau in 1920 as a way to enlist horticultural writers and broadcasters in the noble effort of mass education to create a population of gardeners. In the process, he improved the lives of citizens both in wartime and in times of peace. Click here for more information.
Brown County Community Gardens Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brown County Community Gardens Program Registration Open to Public
Green Bay, WI—April 7—The Brown County Community Gardens Program is offering garden plot registration online and by phone beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 15. Community members can submit an application to rent a plot at browncountycommunitygardens.org or by calling 920-391-4660. Plots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and include a nominal fee.
The program offers nearly 400 rental community garden plots at 12 locations throughout Brown County. Community members rent plots for $10 to $45 for the growing season, and use the space to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables. The program provides the land and water and renters can plant, care for, and harvest their own plots.
In addition to increased access to fresh produce, participants report mental and physical health benefits and increased community connections, and also help to promote environmental sustainability, among other benefits. Gardeners, including many immigrants and refugees, also use their plots as a way to maintain cultural traditions and access diverse foods not readily available at grocery stores.
Having access to gardening space can also be especially beneficial given the COVID-19 health crisis. "With the added stress we are going through now, I can't wait to get into my garden knowing how much it helps my mental health and is something healthy to do for my family," says gardener Beth Stockbridge.
In the past, garden plot registration has been conducted by in-person events. The process has gone online, and is available by phone due to the Stay At Home order issued by Gov. Tony Evers.
"It is restorative to get outside, play in the dirt, and witness the miracle of going from a tiny seed to food you can provide for your family. Even if you have no experience, we old hands are happy to share the excitement of gardening," says longtime gardener and board member Dee Ann Sanders.
The Community Gardens Program is jointly funded by Brown County and the City of Green Bay and is also made possible by countless community partners and supporters.
The application form will be available in Spanish and English at browncountycommunitygardens.org. Interpreters are available by appointment for phone registration. For more information about the Community Gardens Program, please visit browncountycommunitygardens.org.
Free Online: Mindfulness Class for Kids!
Classes will be held on:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
10am PDT / 1pm EDT
For the next few weeks, Mindful Schools will be offering free mindfulness classes for kids! Join us online – for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds – and let’s have fun exploring mindfulness together. Click here for more information.
In light of COVID-19 restrictions, Melinda Pollen, Brown County 4-H Youth Development Educator, has set up virtual office hours for anyone to log on and check in with her. Every Wednesday from 9 - 10 am anyone can hop in any time and connect with her via zoom through computer with this link:
or by calling at 1(646)558-8656, when prompted, enter code number: 938774609#
She will increase these virtual office hours if there is a demand for it. If you have any questions, please reach out to Melinda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extension Brown County will be providing a basic grant proposal workshop online on April 23, 2020, from 9:00-11:30am. This workshop will equip you with the basic skills of grant writing, an increasingly essential method for raising money to fund projects or programs for your organization. Discover the how and where to look for funding to match your organization’s needs. Find out about 990 Forms, where to find them, and what can they tell you to help you narrow your search for a grant that would meet your project need. Find out where there are grant libraries and why you would visit them. Learn tips on writing a grant proposals. The workshop will cover the components of a grant proposal. The workshop will look at how a needs assessment, program planning, and evaluation fit into a proposal format. Look at some basic strategies for determining budget requests and working with funding agencies. Participants will leave with places to look for grants and a draft outline for a grant proposal.
For more information, contact Brown County Extension Community Development Educator Patrick Nehring at email@example.com or (920) 764-1915. Click here to register.
“Eggstronauts” are stranded on the moon’s surface, and we need your help to rescue them and bring them safely back to earth! Join Extension Brown County and the Neville Public Museum to bring the eggstronauts home safely! Using robots to search the moon, building heat shields for re-entry, and designing landing vehicles are tasks that we are seeking hands-on help.
There are three separate missions offered this summer and missions are limited to 20 participants per session. Register now! Our STEM programs have been filling up fast.
Please click here for more information and to register.
Due to recent developments, the March 14th practice will be canceled.
We are working with the UW-Madison, including the Division of Extension and will keep you updated on future practices as those dates get closer.
The health of you, your families and our community is our primary concern. Stay healthy!!
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network or CoCoRaHS is recruiting volunteer weather observers to help the National Weather Service and others determine the impact and severity of each storm.
Everyone can participate – young, old, and in-between. The only requirements are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can impact our lives.
All you need to do is sign-up, attend an online training, and then you are ready to start measuring weather in your own backyard. Volunteers can measure:
- snow using a yardstick or homemade snowboard
- rainfall and the water content of snow using a 4” diameter rain gauge
- hail using a ruler or homemade hail pad
- ice accretion using a ruler
Sunday, March 1, 2020 marked the beginning of CoCoRaHS March Madness campaign. The campaign is a nationwide competition between states to see who can recruit the most volunteer weather observers. Last year, Wisconsin ranked sixth out of all 50 states and this year we are aiming to increase our ranking and beat our neighbors in the Gopher State!
Join your fellow Wisconsinites who report rainfall, snow fall and weather facts. Register today and help us beat Minnesota in this year’s CoCoRaHS March Madness.
You can find information and register here!
Thank you for all that you have contributed not just financially but also through your time, your words, and your efforts.
“We currently issue Birth Certificates if the birth occurred in any Wisconsin County from 1907 to present and are pleased to now offer Marriage Certificates as well. The ability to seamlessly provide copies of birth and marriage certificates in our office is the best way to serve our customers seeking these vital records,” says Berken. “My office continues to work with the State Vital Records Office to make other vital records similarly available for Brown County residents.”
Certificates of death are available statewide for deaths occurring on or after September 1, 2013. Certificates of divorce are available statewide for divorces occurring on or after January 1, 2016.
Individuals can contact the Brown County Register of Deeds office to receive more information about the statewide availability of records.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Along with added security, look for these added features on the new website:
- Google Translate – a service that instantly translates words used on a web page into over 100 other possible languages.
- Site Search – a search service that can help you quickly find what you need on the Brown County website.
- Email Alerts – sign up for a notification email whenever new content has been posted for Brown County news, events and updates.
- Responsive technology – the website’s content adapts to suit the individual needs of the site visitor.
- Social Media Page – Stay connected with all of Brown County’s social media activity across all agencies (Neville Museum, NEW Zoo, Parks, Brown County Library, etc.).
View our list of some of the activities happening today and this week.
“This day represents the realization of my long-term vision to secure our region’s manufacturing future,” says Streckenbach. “The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will help create long-term, family-supporting jobs in order to achieve improved economic development for years to come, while ensuring all our students have opportunities to become tomorrow’s innovators.”
The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will serve as the home of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, which will address Northeast Wisconsin’s educational training and skills gap of qualified employees to support manufacturing growth and entrepreneurship. Additionally, the space will enable the co-location of The Einstein Project, Extension Brown County and Brown County’s Land and Water Conservation departments.
Text "BrownCountyWI" to 99411 to enroll!