Apply for the 2017 Community Garden Enhancement Grant!

Are you a community garden leader in Dane County working to improve your garden but need funding? Do you have a dream project that you’ve been waiting to make happen? Your garden may be a good candidate for a micro-grant from The Gardens Network Fund, a Dane County-wide garden fund held in trust by Madison […]

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Portrait of Donale Richards

Summer intern focuses on gardening, healthy eating and leadership skills for youth in Dane County

Dane County UW-Extension welcomes Donale Richards to the team for the summer. Donale is working with other Dane County UW-Extension Educators and community partners to develop hands-on gardening, healthy eating and leadership development activities for youth involved in gardening programs. He works directly with youth in garden-based activities and provides training and youth mentoring support in the Meadowood and […]

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John T Lyle Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship Recipients Announced

The following students have been selected to receive a scholarship from the John T. Lyle Memorial Trust Fund for the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarships are awarded annually to Dane County students who have a career goal in agriculture or a related field, exhibit a strong sense of community volunteerism and service, maintain high grades, […]

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Cover Crops for the Home Vegetable Garden

Cover crops have long been used on organic vegetable farms as a way to hold soil in place, improve soil’s physical structure, and even to increase fertility. With a little planning, they can achieve all these same benefits in a vegetable garden. The only tricky part is figuring out when and where to fit them into […]

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Dane County UW-Extension Welcomes Sandy Jensen

Sandy Jensen has joined Dane County UW-Extension as an Account Clerk III.  A long-time resident of New York City, she recently returned to her native state to enjoy a less frenetic pace. Sandy is a strong believer in the Wisconsin Idea, and loves the variety of services provided to Dane County residents by our Extension […]

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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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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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