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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

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Breakfast on the Farm Needs YOU!

If you would like to volunteer to work at 2015 Breakfast on the Farm, please click here

Part-time Office Associate
Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) Limited Term Employee (LTE)
(50%) Brown County

Application Due Date: May 29, 2015
UW-Extension Vision:

To be a thriving, well-known and sought-out educational resource that reflects the rich diversity of the state.

UW-Extension Purpose:

We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging them in transforming lives and communities.

Working Title: Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program Brown County Office Associate

Geographic Areas Served: Brown County

Office Location: 1150 Bellevue Street Green Bay, WI 54302
Type of Appointment:

This position is a Limited Term Employee (LTE) appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s division of Cooperative Extension. This position will work 20 hours a week.

General Summary of Position:
  • Under general direction of the Brown County University Extension Nutrition Education Program Coordinator, this position provides support for Brown County Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program (WNEP) as requested by the Coordinator and ensures that daily office work is completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • The major responsibilities of this position will include secretarial, financial accounting, record keeping and internet searches and web maintenance.
  • This position will also assemble and organize teaching materials as needed, assist with group nutrition education programs, and Food Security Projects.
Primary Duties/Essential Job Functions:
  • Operates all office equipment such as computer, scanner, printer, copier and uses the following programs: Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, electronic mail systems, Google Docs, and utilizes current UW-Extension reporting program.
  • Office support including filing, updating records, making copies.
  • Uses tact and diplomacy in dealing with Extension employees, UWEX agents, and the general public.
  • Performs financial accounting and record keeping supporting the Nutrition Education Program.
  • Recording meeting minutes
  • Data entry
  • Produces materials that are professional in appearance.
  • Processes confidential information in a manner that will not cause an adverse impact or negative public reaction on the department, county, or this position.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Screening will start immediately, and ideal candidate will be selected to start June 15th, 2015.
Please send resume and cover letter to Sarah Starr at by May 29th, 2015.
Phone 920-391-4606

2014 Community Resource Handbook

The 2014 Community Resource Handbooks are available at the Ag & Extension Service Center, 1150 Bellevue St, Green Bay. The cost is $3.50 per book. Please click on the cover 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.

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.

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4-H Tech Wizard Grant Comes to Brown County 4-H

Brown County 4-H is looking for 3-4 volunteers, who would be interested in working with ten (10) 4th and 5th grade students from Fort Howard’s afterschool program, as part of a national program that is coming to Brown County beginning February 2015 – called 4-H Tech Wizards. The Tech Wizards program is a formal, year-long mentoring program for students that capitalizes on using emerging technologies as a way of engaging and involving youth and their families in learning basic life and workforce skills. The mentoring program aspires to have youth see post-secondary education, productive jobs and careers and community engagement as attainable for them.

We are looking for 3-4 adults to serve as mentors for the program. These mentors would work with students (at a 1-3/1-4 ratio) at Fort Howard for about 1-1.5 hours per week (exact schedule will be set based around the mentors’ schedules) on a STEM related afterschool hands-on project, which could range from robotics or any other STEM related project (balloon powered cars, aerodynamics, construction – the topics are limitless!!). The mentors would make a 1 year commitment, and of course would receive initial and ongoing STEM education from our office and the State 4-H office. Volunteers DO NOT need to have a STEM background – training will be provided.

Click here to view the position description. If you, or anyone you know, is interested, please contact Melinda Pollen at 391-4613 or


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!

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?

What you need to do:

  • Gather a composite sample of the soil that you would like to be tested. Collect small samples from at least 6 locations in the area and combine them into one composite sample.
  • Sample the soil from about 5 to 7 inches into the ground.
  • You will need at least 2 cups of soil for each composite sample.
  • Bring your soil to the Brown County UW-Extension Office.
  • The samples are shipped weekly to the UW Soil & Forage Analysis Lab in Marshfield.
  • Wait for your results.
  • This can take from 10 days to 2 weeks, but during the spring and early summer it may take longer due to a large number of samples at the lab.
  • If you have questions about your results you can contact the Brown County UW-Extension Horticulture Help Desk at 920-391-4615.

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

Family Living

2015 Food Preservation Classes
Sponsored by the Brown County UW-Extension Office

The growing popularity of vegetable gardening and buying locally grown produce has sparked an increase in home food preservation, such as canning, freezing, and drying. While some home food preservation techniques are more difficult than others, it is important to know how to preserve food safely.

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.

Jams & Jellies – Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Hands-on class limited to 10 participants
Cost: $15.00
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Pie Filling – July 28, 2015
Hands-on limited to 10 participants
Cost: $20.00
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Pickles – Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Demonstration Class
Cost: $7.00
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Drying Foods – Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Demonstration Class
Cost: $7.00
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Tomatoes – Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Demonstration Class
Cost: $7.00
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Salsa – Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Hands-on Class limited to 10 participants
Cost: $15.00
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Making Sauerkraut – Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Hands-on Class limited to 10 participants
Cost: $15.00
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Relish Your Apples – Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Hands-on Class limited to 10 participants
Cost: $15.00
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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 on the class you want to take or call 920.391.4610

Click here to register for this program

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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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