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Walworth County UW-Extension

Walworth County University of Wisconsin Extension staff work in partnership with people in county, state, federal, and tribal governments; community organizations; volunteers; businesses; and industry. With faculty in every county and on University of Wisconsin campuses, Cooperative Extension gives Wisconsin citizens quick and convenient access to University research and knowledge.

UW-Extension “extends the knowledge of the University of Wisconsin to people where they live and work.”

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4-H Youth Development

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Horticulture

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We're Hiring

The Walworth County UW-Extension office is currently hiring a Summer Affirmative Action Internship Program (SAAIP) Intern. Click the above We’re Hiring logo for more details.

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Brown Evergreens?

This past winter was particularly hard on evergreen trees and shrubs.  This spring it’s been a common sight to see evergreens with brown needles which is a sign of Winter Burn.  The University of Minnesota has a great article to help learn more about Winter Burn and how to deal with plants that are effected by it.

Emerald Ash Borer

EAB-adultEmerald Ash Borer, a serious pest of ash trees has been confirmed Walworth County and several other counties of Southeast Wisconsin. Homeowners can take steps to provide their trees with a measure of security but it must be done proactively.  From determining if you have an ash tree, to advising on what to replace one with, the UW-Extension and Master Gardener Volunteers are here to help. Take a look at our Ash Tree Identification publication for help in identifying your tree.  Now the question is what should homeowners do? Please see Homeowner Guide to Emerald Ash Borer Insecticide Treatments and Is My Ash Tree Worth Treating for Emerald Ash Borer?.

If you have any questions about the Emerald Ash Borer, identifying your ash tree, or to receive a fact sheet with this information, please call the Walworth County UW-Extension office at (262)741-4951 or email christine.wen@ces.uwex.edu.  You can also visit www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov.

Program Area Highlights

4-H Youth Development

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon April-May 2014 Newsclip

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 4-H Calendar 

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 4-H Project Meeting Guide

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 2013-2014 4-H Project Guide

Scholarships

2014 4-H Camp

 2014 4-H Camp Fact Sheet
 2014 4-H Camper Application

July 6-9, 2014; Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Cost:  $115 per camper after April 15. Price includes a camper t-shirt. Scholarships may be available based on financial need.
Registration Deadline: Late Registration: April 16-June 2.
Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis until camp is full.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Walworth County 4-H Camp! For three days and three nights, 4-H youth grades 3-8 will travel to Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center in Wisconsin Dells to live and play under the supervision of Walworth County 4-H Youth Development staff, Upham Woods staff, and screened adult 4-H chaperones. Each day of camp is divided into several different activity sessions and evening camp-wide activities, including swimming, canoeing, team building, arts & crafts, field games, hikes, campfires, dances, and so much more! Register today by filling out the 2014 4-H Camper Application. For more information, check out the 2014 4-H Camp Fact Sheet, or call the UW-Extension office at 262-741-4951.

Agriculture

WFTD_logo_word200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Farm Technology Days Volunteer Application

The 2016 Farm Technology Days committee is searching for a large number of volunteers to help make the event successful. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the above application and return it to the Walworth County UW-Extension office, or email Colleen Lesniak, Walworth County Volunteer Coordinator, at clesniak@co.walworth.wi.us.

Register today for the new 2014 Whole Farm Workshops at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute!

Join Michael Fields Agriculture Institute in East Troy for another season of great Whole Farm Workshops. Topics covered: Soils 101, Cover Crops, Raising Chickens, Fruit Trees, Managing Weeds for Vegetable Production, Organic Certification, Agricultural Business Fundamentals, Bee Keeping, Season Extension, Pest Management, Tractor Safety, Seed Savings, Grant Writing and more! For a complete list of workshops, visit http://www.michaelfields.org/.

Check Badgerland Financial to see if you qualify for a grant to cover the workshops fees. Rules and regulations can be found at badgerlandfinancial.com under the tab “Beginning and Young Farmers”. CRAFT and Fairshare members get a discount on all classes and workshops.

We are looking forward to celebrating our 30 year anniversary with you and to supporting your farming operations in the future. Thank you for helping us make our education programs stronger each year!

Walworth County Barn Quilt Page

Family Living

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Advanced Strong Bones Spring 2014

Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 8-June 12; 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Walworth County Government Center, 100 W. Walworth Street, Elkhorn

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Strong Women Healthy Hearts Spring 2014

Wednesdays & Fridays, April 23-July 2; 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Walworth County Government Center, Room 220, 100 W. Walworth Street, Elkhorn

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Strong Women Healthy Hearts Plus Fall 2014

Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sept. 23-Dec. 11; 9:30-10:30 a.m. (No class on Thanksgiving)
Walworth County Government Center, 100 West Walworth Street, Elkhorn

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Shaken Baby Syndrome & SIDS Workshop

Wednesday, May 28, 2014; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Walworth County Government Center, Room 201, 100 W. Walworth Street, Elkhorn
Cost: $7.00

The Prevent Violence Against Children Act (Shaken Baby Syndrome Act) requires education for parents of newborns and all child care providers. Join us for discussion and activities that will raise your awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), infant communication, and reveal signs of SBS. We will also discuss Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and the implications for children in child care. This workshop meets Wisconsin’s education requirements.

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Very Veggie - Incorporating More Vegetables and Fruits into Your Diet

Thursday, May 29, 2014; 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn
Cost: Free!

 You don’t have to become a vegetarian to enjoy more fruits and vegetables in your diet! A trip through your local farmer’s market or grocery store might have you confused about what to do with items like kale, daikon, or ugli fruit. Join your Walworth County UW-Extension Family Living Educator Jenny Wehmeier as she provides a general overview of the importance of increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption while sharing samples of meatless and animal free products.

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 2014 Home Canning Workshops

      • Introduction to Food Preservation – May 14
      • Pressure Canning & Dehydrating Meats – June 2
      • Pressure Canning & Dehydrating Meats – July 2
      • Pickling – July 28
      • Canning Veggies & Salsas- August 19 – FULL

Cost: $40 for 1 hands-on class, $75 for 2 hands-on workshops, or $100 for all 3 hands-on workshops!

Do you remember the smells coming from your grandmother’s kitchen during pickling, jam, or salsa time? Are you struggling with where to start? Join Master Food Preservers Jenny Wehmeier & Jo Hart for a workshop series on the basics of preserving all of your favorite produce. Anyone 16 and older is welcome to attend this workshop series. Participants must attend a classroom instruction to participate in the hands-on workshops. Hands-on workshops have limited room, so register early! For more information or to register, see the 2014 Home Canning Workshops brochure.

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Raising Healthy Eaters 

Wednesdays, September 3, 10, 24, and October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Walworth County Government Center, Room 220, 100 West Walworth Street, Elkhorn

PARENTS…

      • Are you concerned about what your child eats or doesn’t eat?
      • Do you want fresh ideas for making quick and easy meals?
      • Would you like help dealing with a child who is a choosy eater?

If you answered yes, please plan to attend Raising Healthy Eaters. Raising Healthy Eaters classes are hands-on activities and discussions intended for parents of 2-5-year-olds. Children (age 2-5) will participate in fun, nutrition activities at the same time! Children under age two may stay with parents during classes. For more information, take a look at the Raising Healthy Eaters flyer. To enroll, complete the form on the Raising Healthy Eaters flyer and mail to the UW-Extension office or call 262-741-4962. Send your registration soon as space is limited to 12 families! Remember, this program is for both children and their caregivers. Caregivers/parents must attend in order for a child to participate. Sorry, no exceptions can be made.

Horticulture

Community Garden Information

Upcoming Community Horticulture Programs:

        • 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the downtown square in Elkhorn
        • Bring along a maximum of 5 potted plants from your garden or 5 non-perishable food items to swap for 5 new plants for your garden!
      • July 12 - Master Gardener Garden Walk
        • Complete details coming soon!
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