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Building a capacity to thrive after adversity

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-Being Educator, Mary Metten Resilience: The capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress. An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. At a recent workshop of an overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences, […]

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A guide to starting seedlings indoors

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen At this time of year, gardeners and plant enthusiasts start dreaming about the upcoming growing season and contemplate starting seeds indoors. There are many products on the market which aid in the process, from specially formulated seed-starting soil mixes to compressed soil pellets to dome-covered […]

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The benefits of good child care extend to the labor force

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Community Development Educator, Amy Greil I spent my adolescent years as a baby sitter to cousins and neighbor kids. Then, later in my 20s, I spent years working in Europe as a live-in au pair caring for foreign kids. So while it is true that I have never been […]

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Donate and volunteer at food pantries to reduce impacts of government shutdown

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Kenosha/Racine Counties FoodWIse Administrator, Terri Ward As we face uncertainty about local impacts of the government shutdown, and as the Department of Health Services press release informs FoodShare recipients that, given the current scenario, supplemental food benefits for March will be $0.00, many people are anxious about how and […]

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We need our green spaces

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Connecting with nature is predicted to be the garden trend for 2019, according to Garden Media Group’s 2019 Garden Trends Report: “Rooted Together — Reconnecting with the Natural World.” Link that prediction with findings from a research summary, “Urban Nature for Human Health & Well-Being,” […]

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Food safety begins on the farm

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Agriculture Educator, Leigh Presley The recent romaine E. coli outbreak gave us all a good excuse to skip the salad bar, but that’s probably the most positive possible outcome of a foodborne illness outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year nearly 48 million […]

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Three dates to stay on top of your credit report

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Health and Well-Being Educator, Mary Metten The first time I attempted to take out an auto loan, I was denied. As I sat there, slightly embarrassed I thought, ‘How is that possible?’ I always paid my bills on time, I had a full-time job, and was trying to purchase […]

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Produce safety training sessions offered

UW-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection are offering trainings to help produce growers meet requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  Trainings will be held throughout the state and cost $65 per person. Click here for the Wisconsin Grower Training Brochure. More information can be found at https://fsmaproducesafety.wiscweb.wisc.edu/.

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Goal-Setting For The New Year

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Vickie Leflore, Youth Development Extension Educator The new year often brings about a plethora of resolutions or goals for the upcoming year. During this time, many focus on some type of life improvement. Focusing on specific areas to start a new year can be beneficial; however, it is important […]

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Plants of the year 2019

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen While many are preparing for the holidays, the National Garden Bureau is planning for the 2019 gardening season. Each year, the NGB selects plants: one annual, one perennial, one bulb and one edible, to promote in their “Year of the Crops” program. The chosen plants […]

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