Farmers markets open outdoor venues with open arms

Article written by Amy Macemon, Healthy Communities Coordinator/FoodWise Educator for Extension Kenosha and Racine Counties. Originally published in the Kenosha News. Farmers’ market: A food market at which local farmers sell fruit and vegetables and often meat, cheese, and bakery products directly to consumers. This definition doesn’t fully capture the sensation of a farmers market. Let’s […]

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Improve diet, exercise programs with fun, interactive online training

Article was written by Terri Ward, FoodWIse Extension Racine/Kenosha County Administrator Originally published in the Kenosha News Are you a parent or do you know a parent who could use some motivation and support to “up your game” on some of your health related habits? Maybe you’ve gained the “COVID-19 pounds” I’ve often heard lately, or find yourself […]

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Healthy communities require multiple actions

Article was written by Terri Ward, Foodwise Extension Racine/Kenosha County Administrator Originally published in the Kenosha News In Kenosha County, rates of “food insecurity” – the inability to afford an adequate diet – are higher than those statewide. Wisconsin’s food insecurity rate is 10.5 percent for all residents and 16 percent for children, whereas Kenosha County’s […]

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Back-to-school food prep for success

The article was written by Terri Ward, FoodWIse Administrator. Originally published in The Kenosha News. Each back-to-school season, I try to add a few healthy habits to my family’s routine. Some are more popular than others; some failed because they just weren’t practical for our lifestyle, but a few “stuck” to become positive habits. Following […]

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A call to action: April is Food Waste Reduction Month

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Kenosha/Racine Counties FoodWIse Administrator, Terri Ward The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates Americans wasted nearly 40,000 tons of food in 2015, with more than 30,000 tons going to landfills and 7,380 tons used in combustion toward energy recovery, while a meager 2,100 tons was composted. Aptly, many individuals and […]

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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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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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Park landscaping work includes planting of native prairie species

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen The landscape at Petrifying Springs Park continues to change. Park visitors may have noticed work being done on some areas located in and adjacent to parking lots 3, 4 and 5. The islands in all three lots, along with retention areas near lots 3 and […]

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Rhizosphaera needlecast on spruce trees

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen Question: Several of the spruce trees in my yard seem to be dying. The inner needles on the lower branches turned brown, and many have dropped from the trees. The trees are growing in a row, and it appears that the problem is spreading from […]

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Kenosha County Display Garden wins national award

Originally published in the Kenosha News By Horticulture Educator, Jeanne Hilinske-Christensen The results are in, and judges have awarded the Kenosha County Center Display Garden second place in the Category 1 division of the All-America Selections 2018 Landscape Design Challenge. This makes the fifth consecutive year the Kenosha County Center Display Garden has received a national […]

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