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Donating to a food drive? Keep quality, food safety in mind

This is the time of year when local community groups often host food drives to fill local food pantry shelves. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can enhance the value of the food donations you make. “It’s important to remember that donated food is most helpful if it is both safe and […]


Tips for preparing your holiday turkey

For more information about food safety, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at:  1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) The biggest holiday meal of the year is just around the corner. Thanksgiving brings families together from all across the state to share a meal that often centers on roast turkey and all the fixings. To help […]


Local Food Poll – We Want Your Input!

Douglas County and the University of Wisconsin Extension are interested in learning about how local foods are defined and considered as part of the community. To that end, UW-Extension has  created a “Local Food Poll”.  We encourage you to participate in the poll. 

Midwest CSA

Midwest CSA Conference – December 3 & 4, 2015

Wisconsin Farmers Union, working in partnership with a range of Midwest organizations, will again convene the Midwest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Conference, December 3-4, 2015 in Eau Claire at The Plaza Hotel.  Registration and agenda information can be found at www.MidwestCSA.com.

Asian Beetle

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

Lady beetles are usually considered beneficial insects, but multicolored Asian lady beetles can be a nuisance as they congregate by the thousands on the sides of buildings, and if given the opportunity, move inside.  Fortunately, multicolored Asian lady beetles are harmless, although repeated exposure has been reported to cause allergic reactions in a small number of people.  Read […]


Douglas County Extension Newsletter October 2015

Douglas County Extension Newsletter Oct 2015 In this newsletter: Twin Ports Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club has new partner 4-H Achievement Night will award scholarships to local youth Show Me Nutrition and Power of Choice curriculum used in local schools by WNEP Educator Master Gardener Program loses a great friend and volunteer, Dick Coda Sign up for […]


 Simple Food Safety Tips for Packing School Lunches

Keep food safety in mind as you prepare your child’s school lunch, says Julie Montgomery, University of Wisconsin-Extension Nutrition Education Coordinator. Montgomery has some recommendations for packing a safe lunch. –Make sure your hands, food preparation surfaces and utensils are clean. Use hot, soapy water to help remove bacteria. Keep family pets away from food preparation […]

Julie and Geraldine, Lake Superior Master Gardeners checking out the cherries at the Solid Rock Gardens.

Solid Rock Supplemental Food Garden Fills the Gap With Fresh Local Food!

In September, UW-Extension of Douglas County is sharing activities of our local Master Gardeners.  This week we are sharing the information and efforts of our local Master Gardeners who take care and share the food of the Solid Rock Supplemental Food Garden. Lake Superior Master Gardener Volunteers are harvesting this year’s bounty to help supply […]