2018 Annual Report

We touch the lives of many Fond du Lac County residents each day. Our 2018 annual report provides a look at just a few of the programs we offer and the people we’ve served.  

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Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day Teaches Business Lessons

Eighteen (18) young people and their families participated in Lemonade Day by running four stands on Saturday, May 4. After planning and preparing since March, the kids were able to try out their recipes, menus, and customer service skills as they sold to real customers from Buttermilk Creek Park, Lakeside Park Lighthouse, Lakeside Park Playground, […]

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Couples Encouraged to Check their Credit Reports Together

Knowing your spouse or partner’s credit history is as important as knowing your own. When in a relationship, your partner’s credit can become a source of stress and may affect your ability to secure a home or auto loan. One of the major credit reporting bureaus, Experian, reports that 61 percent of men and 39 […]

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FDL Fresh 5: Farmers Market Donation Program

FDL Fresh 5 will be back at the Fond du Lac Farmers Market this summer! The “FDL Fresh 5” is a farmers market donation program with an emphasis on connecting Fond du Lac families with healthier food pantry donations. This program, started by Amanda Miller and Bill Zeleske (farmers market vendor), is an opportunity for Fond […]

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THRIVE: Supporting Farmers During Difficult Times

During these tough financial and emotional times, farmers and everyone they do business with feel the effects of stress radiating through their work and home lives. Because service-providers provide technical support to their farm clientele, they may be uncomfortable or lack confidence when speaking to farmers in distress.  To address this issue, Extension Fond du […]

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Farm Women Need Time to Connect and Network

Farm women need time to connect and network with others who wear the same, many hats they do, and face the same daily experiences and challenges.  Extension Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Calumet, Sheboygan, Ozaukee & Washington Counties once again hosted the annual “Heart of the Farm” Farm Women’s Conference at Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center.  The […]

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Grocery Store Tours: A FoodWIse, Festival Foods and WIC Partnership

FoodWIse has a new partnership with WIC and Festival Foods, conducting grocery store tours to the WIC Fit Families participants. Melanie Phillips, FoodWIse Nutrition Educator, conducted two grocery store tours at the Fond du Lac Festival Foods, in which 7 participants attended. Phillips took participants around the store and highlighted key shopping tips, such as […]

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Going Solo Business Simulation at Laconia High School

Diana Hammer, Communities Extension Educator, taught two rounds of Going Solo Business Simulation to 66 students at Laconia High School in Rosendale. The game teaches pricing, fixed costs, variable costs, and adds an element of chance to recreate a real-life business environment.

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Testing your Well Water

Using a groundwater model (which looks like an ant farm) is a great way to see how water moves through the system of surface water, bedrock, and into drinking water wells. See a time-elapse video of what can happen in 20 seconds! If you haven’t tested your water recently, it’s time! See where to get bottles […]

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Implementing the 8 Dimensions of Wellness

More local agencies and organizations are forming new programs based on the 8 dimensions of wellness model. The 8 dimensions include: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual. The overarching goal is wellness, which is not merely about the absence of illness or stress. The model, adopted by entities like SAMHSA (Substance Abuse […]

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