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Pepin County 4-H Scholarship

Matthew Sam is the recipient of the $500 scholarship funded by the Pepin County 4-H Leaders organization.  Matt is the son of Tammy and Dan Sam from Arkansaw, WI.  He is a 2016 graduating senior from Durand High School. Matt has been a 4-H active member for 11 years. Through 4-H he has gained many […]


Rhubarb After a Frost – Can I Eat It?

After a spring frost University of Wisconsin-Extension often gets questions about rhubarb and asparagus – are they safe to eat. Growing Rhubarb is fairly easy as long as Mother Nature keeps temperatures above freezing once the leaves have emerged.  Rhubarb should not be harvested when the leaves are wilted and limp after a hard freeze. […]



Tractor accidents are the leading cause of severe injury or death on farms. Rollover accidents account for about one-half and run-overs about one-fourth of farm tractor accidents. Other tragic accidents include entanglement in power take off or other farm equipment. Most of these accidents result from improper use, and are often related to being in […]


Making the most of gardening opportunities

You might harvest more than flowers and vegetables by working outside in your garden. Research shows that other benefits come from nurturing plants in your backyard, or a school or community garden. For example, people’s attitudes towards health and nutrition improve when they have access to a garden. Below are some family-friendly tips for you […]


What to Put Where? Using Crop Rotation in Your Home Vegetable Garden

As gardeners we think about growing healthy fruits and vegetables, but do we think about how to grow healthy soil? Healthy soil is NOT a sterile growing medium—it is teeming with life. In a moderately-sized garden there may be over ONE-HUNDRED POUNDS lbs. of living creatures under the surface! A single teaspoon of soil may […]

Isaac Mitchell Coin Collection Reality Check

Reality Check Participant Receives Coin Collection

Reality Check Participant Receives Coin Collection The University of Wisconsin-Extension Reality Check Program celebrated its 10th anniversary of teaching students financial and life skills. The event took place on March 31, 2016 at the Durand High School.  To commemorate the program’s 10th year of success, Security Financial Bank donated a coin collection to be given […]


Gardening is Good for Body, Mind and Soul

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), moderate intensity activity (such as gardening) can reduce the risk for obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and premature death.  Gardening activities also provide strength and cardio training, prevention of osteoporosis, and increased flexibility.  In studies, it […]


How Does Your Garden Grow?

Over the next several weeks, this column will cover a variety of topics related to gardening, home and locally grown food, and seed saving. In addition, UW-Extension will offer local hands-on, how-to learning workshops around Buffalo and Pepin Counties over the summer and fall months.  These workshops will teach food preservation – freezing, canning, pickling, […]