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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Wisconsin 4-H Centennial Higlighted in Wisconsin Counties magazine!
View the article: Wisconsin 4-H Centennial, Wisconsin Counties magazine, January 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014; 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Walworth County Government Center, 100 West Walworth Street, Elkhorn
Cost: Adults – $7/class or $25/4 classes; Youth (<18) – $2/class or $5/4 classes
Deadline for registration is Friday, March 14, 2014
Gardeners as well as non-gardeners will find something of interest at Smart Gardening Day, a joint collaboration between Walworth County Home & Community Education, Master Gardeners, and UW-Extension. Attendees can choose one or up to four classes from the 12 planned for the day. A raffle of garden-related items will be held to benefit and HCE Wisconsin Bookworms program, and Masters Gardeners will hold a used garden book sale. Lunch and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information or to register, take a look at the Smart Gardening Day Brochure.
Emerald Ash Borer!
Emerald 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. Now the question is what should homeowners do? Please see our Homeowner Guide to Emerald Ash Borer Insecticide Treatments.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit http://www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov.
Program Area Highlights
4-H Recipe Book
In celebration of the 100th year of 4-H in Wisconsin, we will be producing a third edition to the Walworth County 4-H cookbook. As a result, we need your favorite recipes. We are looking for traditional recipes as well as recipes pertaining to crockpot cooking, 5 ingredients or less recipes, grilling and healthy eating recipes, and recipes incorporating herbs. Simply fill out the 4-H Recipe Form, or go to the Walworth County Extension office for a hard copy. On the form it will ask you for your name and email. This is solely for our use and will be destroyed before sending the recipe to the printer. Time is very important as we want to get this book out soon to celebrate 100 years of 4-H in Wisconsin. Please submit your recipes to the Extension office as soon as possible. Part of the money made from the cookbook sales will go toward the cost of the new House of Pork trailer.
2014 4-H Camp
July 6-9, 2014; Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Cost: $105 per camper on or before April 15, or $115 per camper after April 15. Price includes a camper t-shirt. Scholarships may be available based on financial need.
Registration Deadline: April 15, 2014 (postmark 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.
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 email@example.com.
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!
Tuesdays & Thursdays, January 7-March 20, 2014; 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Walworth County Government Center, 100 West Walworth Street, Elkhorn
Choose from 2 different classes!
Mondays & Wednesdays, January 20-April 9; 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Badger High School Cafeteria, 220 E. South St., Lake Geneva
Wednesdays & Fridays, January 22-April 11; 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Walworth County Government Center, Room 220, 100 West Walworth Street, Elkhorn
Monday, March 24, 2014; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Walworth County Government Center, Room 201, 100 W. Walworth Street, Elkhorn, WI
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.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014; 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Starin Park Community Building, 504 W. Starin Road, Whitewater, WI
$2 Workshop Fee
There are a lot of products on the shelves labeled “whole-grain,” “made with whole grain,” “enriched,” and “fortified.” It is not easy for consumers to make healthy choices when they are not always sure what terms are or what they mean. Join Walworth County UW-Extension Family Living Educator Jenny Wehmeier for a back-to-basics workshop where you will learn to critically examine labels and packaging of whole grains. You’ll also enjoy samples and take home some recipes for dishes with quinoa, bulgur, chia seeds, couscous, and so much more! Classes fill early, so register today!
Upcoming Community Horticulture Talks:
- March 8 – Spring Into Gardening
- Westosha Central High School, 24617 – 75th Street, Paddock Lake, WI 53168 (Highway 50, about 7 miles west of I-94); Cost: $30/person before Feb. 21; $35/person after Feb. 21 – cost includes lunch (not guaranteed if you register on March 8). Visit http://kenosha.uwex.edu/2014/01/14/spring-into-gardening/ for more information.
- March 11 – Getting the Landscape Ready for Spring: Tips and New Plants for 2014
- 1:30 p.m. at Aram Public Library, Delavan. Contact Aram Library at 262-728-3111 for more information.
- March 12 – Master Gardener Monthy Meeting - Community welcome to attend
- 6:30 p.m. at Walworth County Historical Society in Elkhorn. Marcia Carmichael will be speaking about “Historical Gardening: A Passion for Living History.”
- March 22 – 8th Annual Smart Gardening Day
- 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Walworth County Government Center in Elkhorn. Choose from 12 different classes on all different subjects!
- March 24 – Getting the Landscape Ready for Spring: Tips and New Plants for 2014
- 7:00 p.m. at Genoa City Legion Hall. Contact Genoa City Library at 262-279-6188 for more information.
- March 28 – Landscape Professional Stateline Conference
- Friday, March 28, 2014 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; University of Wisconsin-Rock County, Williams Hall – Lecture Room 130, 2909 Kellogg Avenue, Janesville WI. Presented by U of I Extension and UW Extension, this half-day conference will provide arborists, landscapers, and other horticulture professionals up-to-date information from Extension Specialists from Wisconsin and Illinois. Registration is $20 per person. Visit https://webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=9485 for more information or to register. Certified arborists will receive 1.5 CEUs for completing the program. PLANET recertification is 3 CEUs for completing the program.