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2017 Green Thumb Gardening Classes

Are you a home gardener looking to become more experienced? This spring, Dane County UW-Extension is hosting the Green Thumb Gardening class series! Taught by University of Wisconsin educators and local experts, this lecture series will give you the practical knowledge to keep your home garden thriving across the seasons.

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Free Help With Your Taxes

Have your taxes (including Homestead) prepared for FREE at the Richard Dilly Tax Center every year from late January through April.  Provided through a partnership between AARP, Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Dane County UW-Extension Financial Education Center, and the City of Madison; this free service is targeted to low-income, elderly and/or people with disabilities.  See our […]

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Applications Open for John Lyle Memorial Scholarship

John Lyle Memorial Scholarships are available to help support the education of youth in Dane County, Wisconsin. The number and amount of the scholarships vary annually. The UW-Extension Committee of the Dane County Board approves the applications for the scholarships using the following criteria, not necessarily in the order given: Graduate of a Dane County high school Current Dane […]

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Gehin named Dane County FoodWIse Administrator

Jackie Francois Gehin has joined the Dane County FoodWIse Nutrition Education team as the Program Administrator. She officially started her new role on Monday, November 28, 2016. FoodWIse is the new name of the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) which is a federally funded program to help limited resource families and individuals choose healthful diets, purchase […]

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New Healthy Communities Coordinator to serve Dane County

Claire Mance joined the Dane County UW-Extension team as the Healthy Communities Coordinator in November 2016. The position is funded through the University of Wisconsin Extension’s FoodWIse program and will address diet-related disparities by contributing to advancing policy, systems, and environmental changes to promote healthy eating and physical activity.  Claire has a passion for discovering […]

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Nutrition education program changes to meet needs of new audiences

FoodWIse is new name of Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program A successful nutrition education program is getting a new name to make it relevant and accessible to more audiences. FoodWIse, formerly known as the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program, or WNEP, has a long legacy of providing nutrition education to Wisconsin families and individuals with limited incomes. […]

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Cover Crop Research in Dane County

Claire Strader, Small Scale and Organic Produce Educator, and Heidi Johnson, Crops & Soils Educator, are counting weeds and cutting biomass samples as part of an on farm research trial looking at cover crops as living aisles under organic vegetables at Blue Moon Community Farm. After the samples, they will till 24″ planting rows into […]

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Educator Spotlight: Heidi Johnson

Heidi Johnson is the Crops and Soils Educator in Dane County. She has worked with UW-Extension since 1999, originally joining the institution while completing her undergraduate education. After learning more about the assistance Cooperative Extension provides, she decided to make it her career. Johnson discusses her work with farmers across the state on cover crops, […]

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Dane County UW-Extension Releases 2015 Annual Report

We are excited to share our 2015 Annual Report with you. This year’s report highlights just a few of the great programs happening here in Dane County. Annual Report 2015 Want a paper copy? Just send a request by email to Carrie Edgar at edgar@countyofdane.com

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Dane County Extension Educator Awarded Second SARE Grant for On-Farm Research

North Central SARE recently awarded Claire Strader, Small-scale and Organic Produce Educator with Dane County UW-Extension and FairShare CSA Coalition, a $30,000 grant to fund on-farm research with local organic farmers. This is Strader’s second SARE Partnership grant in as many years. “One of the biggest criticisms of organic vegetable production is its reliance on […]

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