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By connecting county residents to up-to-date, objective, practical, research-based knowledge, we help them grow, change and prosper. They become more self-sufficient, lead healthier and safer lives, form strong and nurturing families, and thrive economically. Our primary customers are the people who live and work in Milwaukee County, both adults and youth. We make a special effort to reach those who are traditionally underserved including minorities, low-income families, and people with disabilities. Our customers value high-quality, low-cost educational opportunities that emphasize practical skills they can put to use immediately. The University of Wisconsin-Extension provides affirmative action and equal opportunity in education, programming and employment for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, gender, creed, disability, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital or parental, arrest or conviction record or veteran status. La Universidad de Wisconsin-Extensión proporciona acción afirmativa e igualdad de oportunidades en educación, programas y empleo para todas las personas calificadas, sin tener en cuenta raza, color, género, credo, discapacidad, religión, nacionalidad de origen, ascendencia, edad, orientación sexual, gravidez o paternidad, historial de detención o condena, o estado de veterano de guerra. Lub Tsev Kawm Ntawv Qib Siab (University of Wisconsin-Extension) pab rau tsoom fwv kev pom zoo thiab ncaj ncees nyob rau kev kawm ntaub ntawv, kev pab cuam thiab kev ua hauj lwm rau tag nrho cov neeg tsim nyog ua tau tsis tas hais yog haiv neeg twg, xim tawv nqaij twg, poj niam txiv neej, kev ntseeg, cov neeg puas cev xws li tes taw, kev ntseeg ntuj, kev tuaj txawv teb chaws tuaj, kev poj koob yawm txwv, hnub nyoog, kev xaiv ntawm kev daj dee, kev xeeb tub, kev muaj txij nkawm los yog ua niam txiv, kev rau txhom los yog muaj txim raug kaw los yog ua qub tub rog.

Mission: Facilitating people’s use of university knowledge to make informed decisions that enrich their lives and enhance their communities

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Our Community Garden and FoodWIse programs are testing out new ways to fight food insecurity with Groundwork Milwaukee. ...
09/21/2020

Our Community Garden and FoodWIse programs are testing out new ways to fight food insecurity with Groundwork Milwaukee. We are excited about this new food donation shed!

We are testing out a new produce donation shed at Firefly Ridge! The shed is designed to keep critters away from donations until they can be picked up by Groundwork Milwaukee and delivered to food pantries and meal programs. We hope to expand to other garden locations next year. Thanks, Foodwise Extension Milwaukee County for getting us connected!

Milwaukee Market Match doubles your dollars when you use FoodShare at the farmers market! Get more info and a list of pa...
09/18/2020

Milwaukee Market Match doubles your dollars when you use FoodShare at the farmers market! Get more info and a list of participating markets at bit.ly/EBTMKE

Milwaukee Market Match doubles your dollars when you use FoodShare at the farmers market! Visit Fondy Farmers Market, Greenfield Farmers Market, Riverwest Gardeners Market, Shorewood Farmers Market, and the Tosa Farmers Market this weekend to get FREE Wisconsin grown produce when you use your QUEST card. Up to $20 per person per day. Expires on 11/21/20. Sponsored by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. 🍎🥦🍆🍉🌽🥕🍅

We love connecting with our community partners in multiple ways! Our FoodWIse Team members found out that the Zion Rock ...
09/14/2020

We love connecting with our community partners in multiple ways! Our FoodWIse Team members found out that the Zion Rock pantry was looking for ways to grow fresh produce on-site and connected them with our Urban Ag team to help them get started. Shout out to Friedens Community Ministries for finding creative ways to connect the community to fresh food!

Zion Rock get's a green update! Thanks to UW-Extension FoodWise, our Zion Rock pantry is now growing fresh produce right on-site in our handicap accessible raised beds. Now, community members can participate in seed to harvest to consumption at this food pantry.

We've been busy this summer! Follow the link to check out our newsletter for stories about summer camp at home, building...
09/10/2020
Snapshots of Summer

We've been busy this summer! Follow the link to check out our newsletter for stories about summer camp at home, building a gazebo, and fighting food insecurity.

We are very excited about the MKE Community Fridge! This new community volunteer-led project provides free food to anyon...
08/25/2020
MKE Community Fridge strives to fight food insecurity

We are very excited about the MKE Community Fridge! This new community volunteer-led project provides free food to anyone who needs it. Healthy Community Coordinator Meg Kilkenny has been offering support by connecting the organizers with businesses, organizations, and individuals who can keep the fridge stocked every day. Do you have food to donate? Read the article and find out more about donations at the MKE Community Fridge page!

Give if you can and take what you need.

As COVID-19 continues, it can be hard to know what is a fact and what is a myth. Check your info with this tool. All inf...
08/20/2020
COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect

As COVID-19 continues, it can be hard to know what is a fact and what is a myth. Check your info with this tool. All information listed is verified by UW-Madison researchers.

COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect is a free desktop and mobile app that provides accurate information, social support and helpful resources to Wisconsinites.

Not sure about what to do now that things are re-opening? Extension’s Life Span Program has created a guide to help you ...
07/27/2020
Life Span

Not sure about what to do now that things are re-opening? Extension’s Life Span Program has created a guide to help you make decisions about how and when to see other people again, return to childcare, or get respite care. Check out the Moving Forward decision guide here: https://go.wisc.edu/w0dwxs.

"Quaranteam"? "Double bubble"? Extension’s Life Span Program has created a guide to help you make decisions about how an...
07/27/2020
Life Span

"Quaranteam"? "Double bubble"? Extension’s Life Span Program has created a guide to help you make decisions about how and when to see other people again, return to childcare, or get respite care. Check out the Moving Forward decision guide here: https://go.wisc.edu/w0dwxs.

Did you know you that many farmer's markets accept SNAP/EBT, WIC, and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers? ...
07/21/2020

Did you know you that many farmer's markets accept SNAP/EBT, WIC, and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers? Our Health Community Coordinator Meg Kilkenny has been working hard with the Milwaukee Farmers Market Coalition & Hunger Task Force, Inc. to get this list of markets ready. Visit bit.ly/EBTMKE to get details on how to use your benefits are the market!

The 2020 list of farmers markets that accept SNAP/EBT, WIC, & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers is finally here! Thanks to the Milwaukee Farmers Market Coalition & Hunger Task Force, Inc. for compiling this list. Visit bit.ly/EBTMKE to learn how to use your benefits at the market!

Do you grow more food than you can eat? Our Community Partner Groundwork Milwaukee's Fresh Food Connect is a phone app t...
07/10/2020

Do you grow more food than you can eat? Our Community Partner Groundwork Milwaukee's Fresh Food Connect is a phone app that lets you donate excess produce from your backyard to local food pantries and fresh produce stands around Milwaukee!

Pick-up will begin the week of July 20th in a limited amount of zip codes.

Download the app now! (https://freshfoodconnect.org/pages/mobile-app)

Fresh Food Connect is a phone app that lets you donate excess produce from your backyard to local food pantries and fresh produce stands around Milwaukee!

Pick-up will begin the week of July 20th in a limited amount of zipcodes.

Download the app now!(https://freshfoodconnect.org/pages/mobile-app)

What does wearing a mask do? Which ones work best? UW Madison Engineer Scott Sanders explains it in the video below.
07/09/2020
Coughing visualization illustrates the benefits of wearing a good mask

What does wearing a mask do? Which ones work best? UW Madison Engineer Scott Sanders explains it in the video below.

A research team made a video of a modified mannequin whose mouth releases a puff of air containing fog, in order to see how well masks contain the fog and visualize results from testing different mask styles.

A new scam has been reported by the WI Dept. of Justice. This one uses the guise of COVID-19 contact tracing to try to g...
06/26/2020
Scam Alert: Scammers Pretending to be Contact Tracers

A new scam has been reported by the WI Dept. of Justice. This one uses the guise of COVID-19 contact tracing to try to get personal financial information. Learn more about how to spot fake contact tracers on our website.

A new scam has been reported by the WI Dept. of Justice. This one uses the guise of contact tracing to try to get personal financial information. Read on for tips to spot and avoid this scam.

If you are or know a youth in their teens who like storytelling, check out this free virtual program with the Milwaukee ...
06/23/2020

If you are or know a youth in their teens who like storytelling, check out this free virtual program with the Milwaukee Public Library and Ex Fabula! They are hosting a series of free virtual workshops on storytelling, with storytelling competition at the end of the summer for cash prizes!

The Milwaukee Public Library is offering an opportunity for teens to participate in the Teen Summer Challenge, where young people can complete activities to earn points and win prizes. The main event will be an online StoryBoss Competition in partnership with Ex Fabula, where teens can join in storytelling workshops all summer long, then submit their story for a chance to perform at the end of summer Story Slam and win $100.00. Best of all, this programming is entirely free. Check out the attached flyer for additional details.

We are excited to see youth involved in this gardening program! Shout out to Running Rebels Community Organization and A...
06/22/2020

We are excited to see youth involved in this gardening program! Shout out to Running Rebels Community Organization and Alice's Garden Urban Farm for all of their work! We are thrilled to be in partnership with these organizations and to see youth thrive while gardening.

Running Rebels Community Organization’s gardening program in partnership with Alice's Garden Urban Farm and Extension Milwaukee County is going strong! Following CDC guidelines, gardening is a perfect activity for Rebel mentors and mentees to connect safely. Gardening also helps Rebel youth lower anxiety, promote healthy eating, and foster environmental stewardship.

For more info and to donate to Running Rebels » https://runningrebels.org/

Why is COVID-19 disproportionately killing people of color, particularly Black Americans? "The reason for these disparit...
06/15/2020
Why Racism, Not Race, Is a Risk Factor for Dying of COVID-19

Why is COVID-19 disproportionately killing people of color, particularly Black Americans? "The reason for these disparities is not biological but is the result of the deep-rooted and pervasive impacts of racism, says epidemiologist and family physician Camara Phyllis Jones. Racism, she argues, has led people of color to be more exposed and less protected from the virus and has burdened them with chronic diseases."

Public health specialist and physician Camara Phyllis Jones talks about ways that jobs, communities and health care leave Black Americans more exposed and less protected

Our Community Partner Milwaukee Christian Center is hiring a Growing Connections Youth Program Coordinator! Growing Conn...
06/11/2020

Our Community Partner Milwaukee Christian Center is hiring a Growing Connections Youth Program Coordinator! Growing Connections is a Positive Youth Development program collaboration with MCC that engages youth in leadership and workforce development through growing food, the arts, and community engagement. Learn more and apply at https://www.milwaukeejobs.com/job/detail/39173730/Growing-Connections-Youth-Program-Coordinator

Please share! Milwaukee Christian Center is recruiting for the following positions:

📣 Community Outreach Assistant with Muskego Way Forward - work with neighbors, providing information/support, and building meaningful relationships that help Muskego Way become a stronger neighborhood full of opportunity.

🌱 Growing Connections Youth Program Coordinator - Collaborate with growers and artists to engage youth in leadership and workforce development through growing food, the arts and community engagement.

🔨 Construction Site Supervisor & Mentor - Supervise, train, and serve as mentor to young adult YouthBuild members while leading the construction of new homes ‘from the ground up’.

All positions and application information can be found here: https://www.milwaukeejobs.com/jobs.asp?pagemode=11&cid=7F8CCB607CCEA5449E563F7FA9C2F6BA&location_id_1=31&location_type_1=C&location_name_1=Milwaukee%2c-WI&location_radius_1=50

Not sure how to talk about racism with your kids? Sesame Street and CNN are hosting a town hall addressing racism for ki...
06/03/2020
CNN and 'Sesame Street' to host a town hall addressing racism

Not sure how to talk about racism with your kids? Sesame Street and CNN are hosting a town hall addressing racism for kids and families on Saturday, June 6.

As anger and heartbreak have swept across America over the killing of yet another black man at the hands of police, CNN and Sesame Street are refocusing their second town hall to address racism.

Extension Milwaukee County condemns the actions of the Minneapolis Police Department that resulted in the death of Georg...
06/02/2020
In their own words: Milwaukee reacts to death of George Floyd and protests

Extension Milwaukee County condemns the actions of the Minneapolis Police Department that resulted in the death of George Floyd. There is no excuse for such violence. We support and urge action to transform racist structures and policies in the communities. Black people should not face aggression from those meant to keep them safe. We will not be posting about our programs this week, but sharing words and work from Black community members and educators.

Community gardens are a great resource! Here are some guidelines for staying safe during COVID-19. Learn more at go.wisc...
05/29/2020

Community gardens are a great resource! Here are some guidelines for staying safe during COVID-19. Learn more at go.wisc.edu/communitygarden

Our gardens are now open for renters! If you haven't gone out to find your plot, now is a good time to start! We've set up these community guidelines to keep everyone safe. Learn more here: go.wisc.edu/communitygarden

Free recordings of our gardening courses are now available! The link below will take you to our Horticulture training we...
05/28/2020
Plant Health Advising Online Training Hub

Free recordings of our gardening courses are now available! The link below will take you to our Horticulture training website that has presentation handouts and links to the YouTube recordings.

May 21st is WI School Garden Day! Our friends at Wisconsin School Garden Network have compiled a great list of resources...
05/20/2020

May 21st is WI School Garden Day! Our friends at Wisconsin School Garden Network have compiled a great list of resources for youth garden leaders and educators to use when planning virtual school garden day celebrations! #WISchoolGardenDay

https://wischoolgardens.org/youth-gardening-covid-19/

May 21st is WI School Garden Day! Our friends at Wisconsin School Garden Network have compiled a great list of resources for youth garden leaders and educators to use when planning virtual school garden day celebrations! #WISchoolGardenDay

https://wischoolgardens.org/youth-gardening-covid-19/

May 21st is Wisconsin School Garden Day! While we aren't meeting together this year, we can still learn from things that...
05/19/2020

May 21st is Wisconsin School Garden Day! While we aren't meeting together this year, we can still learn from things that grow around us. Celebrate with us by drawing or sharing a photo of something that is growing where you live!

Are you looking for space to grow your own food? Our Garden Rental Program still has garden plots available! Visit our G...
05/14/2020
Garden Rental

Are you looking for space to grow your own food? Our Garden Rental Program still has garden plots available! Visit our Garden Rental Page to learn more about our community gardens across the county.

Are you a youth who is in 7th grade or higher? Are you looking to enhance your interview skills? Join our Extension Keno...
05/11/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Interview Tips Workshop. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Are you a youth who is in 7th grade or higher? Are you looking to enhance your interview skills? Join our Extension Kenosha County and UW-Madison Extension Racine County Youth Development colleagues for a free interactive Zoom workshop on May 19th from 4:30-5:30 PM to learn how to have a successful interview in order to land a job you want. Click on the link below to register. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Happy Mother's Day! It may look very different than normal Mother's Days, but we are still thankful for our Moms, Auntie...
05/10/2020
What Happens When We Lose Our Social Rituals?

Happy Mother's Day! It may look very different than normal Mother's Days, but we are still thankful for our Moms, Aunties, Big Sisters, and other Mother Figures in our lives! Learn about ways to celebrate anyway when we don't get our normal social rituals with this article:

Researchers weigh in on what rituals mean to us and how to cope when we can't gather for graduations, weddings, and funerals.

When do you harvest rhubarb and asparagus? What soil do you use in raised garden beds? Get tips for Horticulture Educato...
05/09/2020
Spring Garden Q&A

When do you harvest rhubarb and asparagus? What soil do you use in raised garden beds? Get tips for Horticulture Educator Vijai Pandian!

If you cannot get outside, how can you access nature from inside? Getting a daily "dose" of nearby nature, can also help...
05/06/2020

If you cannot get outside, how can you access nature from inside? Getting a daily "dose" of nearby nature, can also help our brains regain the ability to pay attention. Why? Even watching a nature scene out a window for 15 or 20 minutes can help us relax because it doesn't require us to focus our attention. It just draws us in. Thanks VisuaLeverage for image! More on how time outdoors: https://news.uchicago.edu/story/why-time-outdoors-crucial-your-health-even-during-coronavirus-pandemic

How do you worry less? Share some strategies you use to reduce the worry in the comments. Sometimes, just noticing how w...
05/05/2020

How do you worry less? Share some strategies you use to reduce the worry in the comments. Sometimes, just noticing how we "talk to ourselves" can help us become more aware of why and when worry starts to take hold. Thanks VisuaLeverage for the picture. Tips on managing anxiety: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/coronavirus-anxiety.htm

How do you sanitize after returning home from work? Share some of the ways you're making sure you leave any contaminatio...
05/02/2020

How do you sanitize after returning home from work? Share some of the ways you're making sure you leave any contamination outside your door. We're grateful for our essential workers who are taking steps to support us and ensure their families stay safe. Thanks, VisuaLeverage for the image! Here is a good resource for staying safe when you get home: https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/inpractice/entry/covid19_home.html

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You're invited to A TRAVELING EXHIBIT AND COMMUNITY DINNER CONVERSATION TOUR CURATED BY YOU The LANDS WE SHARE INITIATIVE of the Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum Wednesday, February 20th 5:00pm to 8:00pm A traveling exhibit on race, ethnicity, food production and agricultural history in Wisconsin has arrived in Milwaukee. The Lands We Share exhibit is now on display at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum and will stay up at the museum through March 1st. Five diverse farm sites around Wisconsin, including the Legacy Garden in Metcalfe Park, are featured in the interactive traveling Lands We Share exhibit intended to spark public dialogue and community engagement. The February 20th community dinner conversation will focus on urban agriculture, the diversity of farmers in Wisconsin, and the links between rural and urban farmers in Wisconsin. We will also discuss the history of farming and the generational and family links that many Milwaukee residents have to farming even if they no longer farm. Both the exhibit and community conversation are open to the public. (To sign up to reserve a seat, please visit landsweshare.com or go directly to the sign-in form: https://landsweshare.org/sign-up-for-feb-20th-dinner/ ) The exhibit debuted in Oshkosh on Oct. 10 and has traveled the state with stops on the Oneida Reservation near Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh campus, Fort Atkinson and Johnson Creek, UW-Whitewater, and now, the Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum. From the Black Historical Museum, the exhibit will travel to the Golda Meir Library on UW-Milwaukee campus and in April to Madison where it will be on display for over a month at various venues, culminating with a final gala at the Madison Public Library’s main branch near the Capitol. Project Director, James Levy, an Associate Professor in UW-Whitewater’s history department, says the central goal of the initiative is “to bring people and groups from diverse backgrounds together who are often separated despite living and working in the same towns or regions.” Levy says the traveling tour and community dialogue idea was “a response to political and cultural divisions made evident in the wake of the 2016 election, divisions which have become increasingly defined by geography, in particular by the urban-rural divide.” The exhibit tour features community farm-to-table “Dinner and Conversation” events at each town along the way in addition to panels and conversations on UW campuses. To learn more about the Wisconsin Farmer Oral History Project, please contact: James Levy, Project Director, [email protected] or 917-547-101 Project Website: landsweshare.org page: Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project
TOMORROW at the Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park. http://midwestpesticideaction.org/mpac-events/mgg-lawn-and-land-forum/ Segments on Pest Management & Soil Fertility qualify for continuing education.
The education I received was wonderful. I have had 2 stokes but plan to resume as soon as I am able. Love it!
The water at the gardens at 5th and Rogers has not been turned on for the season. Please help.
Applied for a garden plot in Oak Creek last November. Mid May now, a few phone inquiries, and still no response from this office. What is up?🤔
Who do we talk to about a micro plot @ Firefly Ridge Garden?
Food Leader Program 2018 registration now open! To sign up and for more information: https://victorygardeninitiative.org/FoodLeader
Wholesome group of folks who inspire others through interesting events.
I'd like to thank everyone who voted & shared our link to encourage others to vote for UWEX's Project. We weren't the top vote getter, but we gave it our best. Thank you for supporting us!
Met this guy last night, might be the biggest bug i have seen in wisconsin. Any idea what it is?
Certified Master Gardeners shopping and working!