Wash your hands, not food packages

While wintery weather can bring with it dry, chapped hands, experts continue to recommend hand washing as one of the most effective means of helping to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  Experts believe that the coronavirus should not be considered a food safety hazard and increasing evidence suggests that consumers do not need to disinfect food […]

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Make Halloween 2020 a Year to Remember

Halloween is upon us and for many, is a time for family, memories, costumes, fun, and magic. The pandemic doesn’t have to ruin Halloween. This science-based website can help you decide how to celebrate this year and make Halloween 2020 a year to remember.

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Survey – Needs and Interest of Community Members in Response to COVID-19

Please take a moment to take our survey here on the impacts of COVID-19 in Waupaca County: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3KtQPQg4R4VRRCR This survey is designed to help various organizations in Waupaca County understand the needs and interest of community members in response to COVID-19.  The information gathered will be used to help family serving agencies in Waupaca County […]

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Important COVID-19 Pandemic Updates for Farms and Farm Families

Below are important updates for farms and farm families related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus Food Assistance Act (CFAP). Updated information on direct farm payments is now available on farmers.gov/cfap.   Program sign up begins next Tuesday, May 26 and runs thru August 28.   Details on payment rates, eligibility, and records needed for the application are on […]

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What’s got you sick? Viruses vs bacteria

It’s no fun to wake up with a sore throat or blocked sinuses. Maybe you head to the doctor, and maybe you don’t. Knowing whether the illness is caused by a bacterium or a virus can help you understand possible treatment options. A bacterium — more commonly seen written in its plural form, bacteria – is a microscopic, single-celled organism. Bacteria can […]

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Weekly Drive Through Food Pantry in Waupaca

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is partnering with the USDA and Valley Bakers to distribute truckloads of food into the community each month. There will be a drive through mobile pantry at Waupaca Expo Center every Tuesday through the end of June. This mobile food pantry is available to ALL PEOPLE in the Fox Valley.  No […]

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PPP/EIDL Update from SBA (Video)

Here’s a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2YJ9r_6ibg&feature=youtu.be to view a recording of the PPP/EIDL Extension webinar for farmers aired this past Tuesday, May 12.  Note, the link starts in the middle, so you’ll have to back up the video to start at the beginning.  This is the most comprehensive and detailed summary of these two programs with lots of Q […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Safe use of sanitizers or disinfectants

When used correctly, chemical sanitizers and disinfectants can be important in helping to fight disease. Chemicals must pass certain tests to be classified as either a sanitizer or a disinfectant, or both! Sanitizers reduce the number of bacteria by 99.99% in one test.  Disinfectants are shown to be effective against 99.99% of bacteria in multiple tests. Disinfectants that work in […]

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Food Safety in the Time of COVID-19: Why masks?

We know that the coronavirus is a respiratory illness, not a foodborne illness. We also know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends two primary strategies to help control COVID-19: physical distancing and hand washing. So why are we seeing people wearing face masks? The CDC advises the use of simple cloth […]

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Basil plant in a container.

Container Gardening & Container Vegetables

Want to grow your own healthy food but don’t have a garden? Safer-at-home is the perfect time to try container gardening. Check out the new Extension fact sheet (PDF 599 kb) for specific variety recommendations, as well as Extension bulletin A3382 “Container Gardening” (PDF 58 kb) for more details on how to get started.

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