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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.”

Please visit our program area pages by utilizing the drop-down menu on the yellow toolbar.

Click on the links below to be directed to the program area’s highlights and upcoming events:

4-H Youth Development

Agriculture

Family Living

Horticulture

Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP)

Special Features

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Affordable Care Act Information Session

Thursday, October 23 or Tuesday, November 18; 11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
*Attend either, same information to be covered*

Walworth County Government Building, Room 216, 100 W. Walworth St, Elkhorn, WI 53121
Speaker: Katherine R. Gaulke, PhD, MHA

Discussion to Include:

  • How & when to apply at Healthcare.gov/ The Marketplace
  • Subsidies and Cost Sharing
  • County Marketplace Qualified Health Plans (QHP)
  • Shared Responsibility Payment (i.e. the “penalty” or “tax”)
  • Tips for learning your options & making informed decisions

Gypsy Moth

Adult-Male-and-FemaleHave you seen these moths around? They may be more harmful to your trees than you think!

Each year, gypsy moth caterpillars defoliate thousands of acres of hardwood forests, yard trees and other urban trees throughout the northeastern United States, including Wisconsin. This Gypsy Moth in Wisconsin website offers tips on how to limit damage to your trees and describes available assistance programs. It also includes management options for homeowners on a month-by-month basis.

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

Cake4-H Centennial Cookbooks are here! Get yours today for just $15!

*Online enrollment for the 2014-2015 4-H year will open on October 1.*

 2014 4-H Junior/Senior Leaders’ Banquet

What: Potluck, Recognition Program, & Silent Auction
When: November 9th; 1:00 – Lunch, 2:00 – Awards
Where: First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 415 Devondorf Street ,Elkhorn
R.S.V.P by October 30 @ 5:00pm

Join us during this centennial year as we celebrate the successes and achievements of the past program year and get an official start to the new one! We’ll enjoy the 2014 slide show, recognition of outstanding county records awards winners, and the installation of our 2015 Association officers. We’ll have the opportunity to bid on a variety of fun and useful items to raise money that will help offset 4-H program costs in the coming year. We’ll also find out who the lucky winner of the annual Heart in Hand 4-H Quilters’ Guild quilt will be!

Each participating family is asked to bring a dish to pass. Meat, dessert, and beverages will be provided. When you call to R.S.V.P., please let us know what you plan to bring (ex: vegetable, fruit salad, casserole, bread, etc.).

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon August-September 2014 Newsclip

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 4-H Calendar

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 4-H Project Meeting Guide

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon 2014-2015 4-H Project Guide 

Enrollment-Related Forms

Agriculture

2014 Farm Fresh Atlas
Be Featured in the 2015 Farm Fresh Atlas™ of Southeastern Wisconsin!

If you are a farmer, farmers’ market, small/local business, or restaurant that wants to attract more customers in the Milwaukee Metropolitan area, then the 2015 Farm Fresh Atlas™ of Southeastern Wisconsin is for you! Find out more!

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.

Walworth County Barn Quilt Page

Family Living

Raising a Thinking Child

St. Francis de Sales Parish Church

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Raising a Thinking Child Brochure – St. Francis
200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Raising a Thinking Child Brochure Spanish – St. Francis

Mondays,  October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 10, 17, 24, & December 1; 9-10:30 a.m.
St. Francis de Sales Parish Church, Jonah Room, 148 W. Main St., Lake Geneva, WI
Cost: $25 per family

Central-Denison Elementary School

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon  Raising a Thinking Child Brochure – Central Denison
200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon  Raising a Thinking Child Brochure Spanish – Central Denison

Thursdays, October 9-December 4 (No class on Thanksgiving); 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Central-Denison Elementary School, 900 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva, WI
Cost: $10/district family, $25/out-of-district family

If you are a parent of a 4-7 year-old and your child has experienced temper tantrums, difficulty making or keeping friends, impatience or interrupting, and/or not listening, then the Raising a Thinking Child workshop may be just right for you! This evidence-based workshop series will help you guide your child to solve common, everyday problems by communicating with your child. Participants will learn to give their children skills to solve their own problems and think about the consequences through fun games. They will also learn how to help kids care about and understand their own and others’ feelings

This program is facilitated by Jenny Wehmeier, Walworth County UW-Extension Family Living Educator. It is a refreshingly practical curriculum that helps you help your child learn how to think, not what to think. Through 8 weekly classes, along with interactive, fun activities for you and your child to do at home, you will learn ways to help your child think in new problem-solving ways.

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Sensational Soups – FULL

Monday, October 27; 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Genoa City American Legion, 114 Freeman Street, Genoa City, WI

What is the difference between bisque, bouillabaisse, and borscht? Whether you are a soup connoisseur or a beginner, join us for an informational workshop covering how soup is part of a healthy diet, soup-making tips, and how to create tasty soups. Samples of several recipes will be provided. Presented by your Walworth County UW-Extension Family Living Educator, Jenny Wehmeier. There is no fee; however, registration is required to ensure enough samples for all! (Space is limited to 30 participants.) Deadline for registration is October 23rd or when class is full. This event is sponsored by the Genoa City Library Friends.

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon Slow Cooking Your Fall Harvest 

Tuesday, November 11; 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Darien Public Library, 47 Park Street
Cost: $2 per person

Is your garden bursting with fall favorites like sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, and potatoes? Looking for a new twist on old favorites? It’s time to bring your slow cooker out to enjoy the fall harvest! Join Walworth County UW-Extension Family Living Educator Jenny Wehmeier for an hour filled with tastes and smells of fall. We will sample several dishes and talk through important food and slow cooker safety do’s and don’ts. Register early – limit of 30 for this class! Pay at the door!

200px-Adobe_PDF_Icon From Freezer to Table: Preparing Freezer Meals for Your Family

Tuesday, December 2; 6:00-8:00 p.m.
East Troy Village Hall, Room B, 2015 Energy Dr
Cost: Village of East Troy Resident: $35, Non-Resident: $49

When you get home from work, do you struggle to decide what to make? Is time an issue for your family? Do you want to add more variety to your meals? The NEW From Freezer to Table workshop is an opportunity for you to prepare tasty meals that you can take home with you to freeze or eat right away. Participants bring a set of knives and the containers they wish to take their meals home in (Tupperware, Ziploc, or other freezer containers encouraged). Everything else is provided! All recipes are appropriate to freeze and many can be prepared in a slow cooker or microwave. Each participant will prepare at least three items during the evening. Recipes may include: Tasty Chili, Stuffed Green Pepper Soup, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Southwest Chicken, Apple and Pork Tenderloin, Taco Soup, Pork Sauerkraut Surprise, Beef and Mushroom Delight, Creamy Potatoes, Beef Stew, Sweet and Sour Pork, and much more! Class is limited to 12 participants, so register early! Deadline for registration is November 17th. To register, fill out the form in the East Troy Parks & Rec Fall 2014 book.

Horticulture

WNEP

¡Clases para Mujeres en Español y GRATIS!

¿Cuándo? 8 Lunes consecutivos, Octubre 6-Noviembre 24; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
¿Dónde? APFC, 735 N Wisconsin St, Suite 101, Elkhorn

Usemos el tiempo en que nuestros hijos están en la escuela para aprender y compartir con otras mujeres. Como mujeres y madres necesitamos estar a cargo de nuestra casa, nuestros hijos y lo más importante de nosotras mismas. En estas clases veremos temas relacionados con protección de nuestros hijos de abuso y violencia, nutrición, ahorro de dinero, salud física y mental para tener un mejor control de nuestras vidas y de la vida de nuestra familia. Para más informacion y/o para registrarse, puede llamar: Araceli Wence de Alcala (262) 723-4653 o también Yolanda Peña (262) 741-4957.

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