photo of Tina Kohlman, Fond du Lac County Dairy & Livestock Agent

Leadership Journey

Dairy & Livestock Agent Tina Kohlman recently completed the National Extension Leadership Development Program this past month, with the capstone session in Minneapolis, MN.  The week-long session focused on personal visioning, influence, innovation, and effective communication. The mission of NELD is to build leaders in Cooperative Extension at all levels and provide them with the […]

Rent Smart Logo

Rent Smart

Rent Smart strives to guide and inform participants so they may:  1) Learn new skills to build positive relationships with landlords and neighbors; 2) Gain confidence in their ability to find and maintain affordable housing; 3) Understand the application and screening processes used by landlords; and 4) Learn the responsibilities and rights of tenants and […]

participant at the Business Model Canvass class

Designing a Business Model Canvas

Ten new business owners learned how to describe the value they bring to customers and plan for the future using this unique, visual method taught for the first time in Fond du Lac County this month thanks to the partnership of IGNITE! Business Success organizations. During the two-day session, owners received coaching from experienced business […]

interviews for 4-H trips & awards

Impactful Interviews – A First Step to a Great Opportunity

4-H members implement interview success tips as they apply for awards. “Dress for success. Prepare your responses to typical questions. Arrive on time. Greet the interviewer. Shake hands. Use eye contact.” These and more tips, as well as typical interview questions, are provided to young people even before they interview for 4-H state and national […]

group picture of junior master gardeners

Junior Master Gardener’s Year End Report

Fall celebrates the end of another successful summer for the Junior Master Gardener (JMG) Program. JMG is a gardening and nutrition program that is a partnership between Patty Percy (Community Gardens Coordinator), Amanda Miller (FoodWIse Coordinator), and the Master Gardener Volunteer Program. This summer, the program ran for 12 weeks spanning from April to August. […]

photo from the community gardens

Community Gardens Report

The Community Gardens will soon be put to bed for the season.  Vegetable harvests have been plentiful and enjoyed by all.  The fall newsletter is full of information about preserving garden produce and locations of local food pantries.  Gardeners have been invited to do a “Second Harvest” day at the gardens while cleaning up any […]

photo of a pigweed

Report a Pigweed

Thirty-five Master Gardener volunteers in Fond du Lac County and 40 Master Gardener volunteers in Dodge County learned about being first detectors for two species of pigweed (weeds in the Amaranthus genra) that are or may become problems in agricultural fields or in urban areas. Weed scientists with the University of Wisconsin-Madison want to document […]

celebrating 4-H

Spreading the Word about 4-H

Fond du Lac County 4-H has reached hundreds of people by participating in a series of community events such as the Boys & Girls Club’s multicultural night and Lights on Afterschool, North Fond du Lac’s Christmas and Mother’s Day celebrations for ELL students and their families, Action Center at the County Fair and most recently […]

The Junior Master Gardeners had a pizza party at the end of the year.

Junior Master Gardeners

Junior Master Gardeners celebrated their classroom and garden activities on August 10 with a “Parent Party.”  They spent the afternoon harvesting the garden, preparing the pizzas, picking flowers for the centerpieces they could take home, and had fun playing games.  Parents enjoyed the pizzas the kids prepared.  The final meetings will continue with the harvest […]

A view of the community gardens on Pioneer Road & Grove Street in Fond du Lac.

Community Gardens

The Community Gardens are filled with loads of produce to harvest.  The gardens are looking spectacular and well cared for. The gardeners should be proud of their hard work.  We will be sending out information on where the extra produce can be taken when the season ends.  The cover crop is growing well and will […]