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Welcome to the Brown County UW-Extension Website!

We are located at:
Agriculture & Extension Service Center
1150 Bellevue Street, Green Bay, WI 54302

Find Us!


Do You Have Extra Fresh Produce?
UW Extension Nutrition Program, in partnership with the Brown County Food and Hunger Network, has prepared a list of food pantries that accept donations of fresh produce for distribution to families. This is part of an ongoing Healthy Food Pantry Initiative to offer healthy food to those most in need. The Network is a group of 24 small to mid-size pantries around Brown County. Most have only a small amount of refrigeration space. For this reason some accept produce the day before distribution and all of them will accept it on the day they are open, before distribution begins. It is best to contact them to make arrangements for drop-off.

Please click on The Extension Educator to view the newsletter.

Please click on UW-Extension Happenings to view newsletter.


For horticulture-related questions and plant or insect identification, contact the Horticulture Help Desk
at 920-391-4615 or
Click here
for the horticulture webpage.


2015 Community Resource Handbook

The 2015 Community Resource Handbook is compiled by the Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program in Brown County. Food is essential for health and well-being, yet is one of the first expenses households cut to make ends meet. Community resources provide ways to improve access to healthy food, and to extend access to other needed services that otherwise consume the household budget. Handbooks are available at the Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St, Green Bay. The cost is $3.50 per book. Please click here to place an order.

4-H and Youth Development

Developing leadership, character and good citizenship in America's youth while having fun!

Follow this link to learn about 4-H.

No Time Like Fair Time!

August 19-23, 2015
For more information please go to

Year-Long AmeriCorps VISTA
Brown County UW-Extension: Building Financial Literacy Capacity
2015-16 Yearlong Position

4-H has an AmeriCorps VISTA position opportunity available for August 12, 2015-August 11, 2016. Typical hours are Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30, with occasional evenings and weekends. Click here for the position description and application information.

4-H Crime Scene
Investigator Experience

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Morning Session 9am-12pm & Afternoon Session 1pm-4pm

Please click here for registration information.


The United States Department of Agriculture has released the Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook. Click here to view.

Urban Horticulture & Natural Resources

Have questions regarding your lawn, garden, trees, or shrubs? Have an insect you would like to identify? Call the Horticulture Help Desk at 920-391-4615 for assistance!

UW-Extension's Garden Field Day
Wednesday, August 12, from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St., Green Bay

Growing Lawn Grass in Shade
Best Management Practices to Prevent Diseases in Your Vegetable Garden
The Inside Scoop on Pollinators & What YOU Can Do to Help
Native Prairie Plants for Wet Sites
Fruit Tree Care & Maintenance

Space is limited - register early. Click here for more details!

Urban Forestry Workshop:
Invasive Plant & Earthworm I.D. & Management

Wednesday, September 16, from 9 AM-3 PM
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, 1660 East Shore Dr., Green Bay

Click here for topics, speakers, & registration form!

Click here to read Brown County UW-Extension's 2014 Invasive Plant Species Report

Compost Bins Available
at UW-Extension

Composting yard materials and certain food scraps can provide valuable material for gardens and landscaping while reducing costs for landfilling. Compost is a soil-like material produced from the breakdown of organic materials that is rich in stabilized carbon. It is considered a soil amendment, rather than a fertilizer, because it usually contains only small amounts of nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Lawn fertilizer contains significant amounts of all three.

Home composting can be done in bins or in a heap, however, bins are a better way to manage the materials in an urban setting. UW-Extension, in partnership with Brown County Solid Waste, are selling compost bins for $55 which includes a recipe book. The bin measures approximately 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall and holds 13 cubic feet of material. Stop in at 1150 Bellevue Street, Green Bay, to purchase one!

Need to Test Your Soil?

Soil testing is available at the Brown County UW-Extension office.
For information on this service, please click here.

Family Living

Making Your Food Dollars Count
Join us for a free workshop where you will receive:
* Practical, research based ideas that will give you tools and ideas for your shopping list
* Menu planning tips
* Meal plans for your family

Preserving Wisconsin's Harvest
The University of Wisconsin Extension offers a series of food preservation bulletins in the Wisconsin Safe Food Preservation publications. Click here for more information:

2015 Food Preservation Classes
Sponsored by the Brown County UW-Extension Office
For quality and food safety purposes, use only the most recent research-based tested recipes by USDA, cooperative extension service at land grant universities, or the Ball® Blue Book (dated 1989 or later). These same principles apply to jams and jellies, salsas, and pickles and relishes. The processing times and temperatures have been scientifically tested and must be carefully followed. Too little time or too low a temperature may not destroy the bacteria, enzymes, molds, and yeasts in the food. For safe, high quality home canned food, it’s important to follow accurate instructions. These classes will focus on following research-based practices and recipes.
Two types of classes will be offered in 2015.
Hands-on workshop: This is a two hour workshop. Participants will prepare and process produce highlighted in the description. Processed foods will be divided among participants and taken home.
Canning Demonstration workshop: This is a 1.5 workshop where canning techniques are demonstrated. Typically three recipes are prepared during class.
Registration fee includes ingredients and supplies, handouts and sampling.
All classes are held at the Brown County UW-Extension Office, 1150 Bellevue Street, Green Bay
Pre-registration and payment are required in advance. To register click here or call 920.391.4610

Healthy Eating and Food Safety Tips
Brought to you by the Brown County UW-Extension Office
For more information please follow Judy Knudsen's Blog

New impact report: Ensuring Food Security for Wisconsin
Family Living Programs works with partners to strengthen the foundation for ensuring food security for all households. This latest impact report highlights some of the recent statewide efforts that have contributed to supporting food security for Wisconsin households. These efforts include connecting communities to resources that address food security; growing local farmers’ markets and increasing access to farmers’ markets for FoodShare participants; educating food pantries on how their efforts support healthy client habits; and tracking and responding to food insecurity in schools. Click here for more information:

Education Simulations for Our Community

Find out more about how educational simulations are used by Brown County UW-Extension to educate everyone from policy makers to local community residents. Click here.

Nutrition Education Program

The Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) at UW-Extension in Brown Count helps the limited resource families and individuals at all stages of life establish healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle to increase food security and prevent or postpone nutrition-related chronic disease.

Find out more -- click here

Community Gardens

For a number of years, Brown County UW-Extension has supported the development of urban community gardens throughout the Green Bay area. The gardens are managed cooperatively by Brown County UW-Extension, the City of Green Bay, and local volunteers. Financial support comes from the UW System, the United States Department of Agriculture, and local private donors.
For more information, click here.

FIELDS is a Wisconsin-based collaboration of professional science education partners who provide authentic and relevant environmental science and science education experiences for students and teachers through in-the-field, hands-on activities. Our award-winning educators bring our programs to your schools, offering unmatched outdoor educational experiences while saving you transportation expenses.

FIELDS programs are well-researched and exceed current science standards as well as the Common Core Science Standards. Various programs also satisfy Math, Technology, Social Sciences, Language Arts, Art and Physical Education standards.
They are available for students of all ages – from Pre-K through grade 12 and with state-of-the-art technology we can provide e-field trips, videoconferencing and more.

We offer flexibility:
  • Schedule programs for the time you have available, from a few hours to all day or even multiple days.
  • Combine programs or topic areas to experience more than one curriculum area or educator.
  • Put together a program that satisfies your curriculum and hands-on needs – we’ll help you do it!
  • If you prefer, some programs also are available “on the road,” creating a field excursion away from the school grounds, taking advantage of our rich natural heritage in Northeast Wisconsin. Our goal is to link professionals, students, teachers and communities through outdoor field experiences. For more information, click here.

Contact:  Judy Knudsen - Family Living Educator/Department Head
Phone: 920-391-4610
Fax: 920-391-4617
Mailing Address:  1150 Bellevue Street
Green Bay, WI 54302
Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
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