We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities.
gardens network logo

2016 Community Garden Education Series

The Gardens Network and Dane County UW-Extension are offering a four part series of workshops in and about community gardens. Join the fun and learning – all it takes is showing up! Extension educators, community gardeners, and garden leaders will collaborate in teaching this series. Workshops: Composting, Weeds and Cultivating Community Troy Community Garden (502 Troy […]

Heidi getting a close look at the weed count within the cover crop.

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 […]

Clean Sweep

Ag Clean Sweep Program

Dane County received a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) agricultural clean sweep grant award for 2016. This grant underwrites our disposal costs so there will be no cost to farmers to dispose of agriculturally-related chemicals through the Dane County Clean Sweep program in 2016.  Agricultural-related businesses will pay only one-half the […]

Heidi video

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, […]

Jenni Dye high res

Dye visits Washington, D.C., as member of Wisconsin delegation

Jenni Dye, Dane County Board Supervisor, was part of a Wisconsin delegation attending the 2016 Public Issues Leadership Development Conference in Washington D.C. The Public Issues Leadership Development Conference was held April 10-13 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. More than 200 representatives from across the nation attended the conference, which […]

Annual report 2015

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

Claire Strader

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 […]


Preparing our Future Leaders

By Mary M. Kolar, District 1, Dane County Board Supervisor We see it all over the news:  politicians courting the youth vote, social movements and nonprofits run by Millennials, and an overall increase in the level of social connectedness.   Our country’s youngest generations are rightfully demanding to be heard.  This increase of the Millennial generation […]


2016 Dane County Plat Books

The 2016 version of the Dane County Plat Book is available for purchase at the Dane County UW-Extension office.  The book now offers detailed information about county roads, rural land ownership, parks and outdoor recreation opportunities. Additionally, the book details land ownership, approximate parcel size, and county and town roads. It also shows the locations […]