Extension Door County
University of Wisconsin-Madison
County Government Center
421 Nebraska Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Phone: 920-746-2260 (individual e-mail addresses can be found in the directory)
Regular Office Hours: M-F 8 am to 4:30 pm Please call before visiting!
PRIVATE PESTICIDE APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION
Private Applicator: A person who applies pesticide to produce an agricultural commodity AND pesticides are applied on property that they own, rent or their employer owns or rents. If an applicator does not meet BOTH parts of the definition, they are considered commercial applicators. Commercial Applicator: Example – Lawn care company or County Highway employee.
Manual Fee: $43 — must be purchased online at the UW PAT Store: https://patstore.wisc.edu/secure/default.asp Scroll down to Private Applicator Training; then select “General Farming 100/101”. A paper mail order form is available – mail order form – a check must be mailed with this option.
Pesticide Applicator Training
SELF-STUDY: Purchase a manual on-line at the UW PAT Store. Each person being trained must purchase a manual. You then study the manual; when you are ready, contact the Extension office to schedule a date and time to take the test. You must get a 70% passing grade with this option. Manuals must be purchased on-line from the PAT Store.
ON-LINE TRAINING: Purchase a manual on-line at the UW PAT Store. This online training can take the place of in-person training. From time of starting you will have 14 days to complete the training. Please keep the email with link to get back to the training if you leave it. Online training can be taken at any time. You will have access to training for 120 days of registration. Once you have completed the training you will receive a Completion Receipt that you must show to the test proctor to be coded as attending a training. Register For Online Training https://patstore.wisc.edu/secure/browse_cat.asp?category_id=30
ON-LINE ZOOM TRAINING & EXAM – MARCH 28 at the Door County Government Center Peninsula Room, Sturgeon Bay – FEE: $10/person
TO REGISTER AND PURCHASE A MANUAL: https://go.wisc.edu/bdkpat
Remember … After completing the on-line training or self-study, you must TEST IN-PERSON at the Door County Extension office. You must call ahead to schedule a time to take the test! 920-746-2260. With a passing grade, you will receive a 5-year certification.
What to bring on test day:
- Wisconsin requires that any person taking a certification exam must provide positive identification (a driver’s license) and know their social security number. Other acceptable forms of ID are: a photo ID, a Birth Certificate plus another form of ID, and your Social Security Number.
- Your manual with the registration form in the front of the book (will be collected on the day of your test). If you have a “Completion Receipt” from the on-line training, bring that, also.
- A pocket calculator for the exam, if you think you will need one. Cell phones are not allowed during testing!
- If you have questions, please call the Extension Door County office at 920-746-2260.
4-H COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST – MARCH 5
6:00 PM, Government Center
Register by February 20 … Flyer
Contact a club leader to get started in 4-H. learn more …
PLANNING AHEAD PROGRAM – April 4-May 16
Virtually on Zoom – 11:00 am-Noon
Required tech check – March 28
Register by March 25 — more information …
Join Wisconsin Horticulture Extension for free online gardening programs — and watch from any device! Our topics are suitable for gardeners of any skill level. When you register for a program, you can attend the live presentation or wait to watch the recorded version at your convenience.
Plant Selection and Design — Using Native Plants to Support Pollinators
Wednesday, March 20, Noon–1 p.m.
Presented by Lisa Johnson and Tim Ripp, UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture Program
Understanding the Emerald Ash Borer: From Identification to Action
Monday, April 1, 1–2 p.m.
Join us for an informative presentation on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Wisconsin. Learn how to identify ash trees, recognize the signs and symptoms of EAB, and understand the biology of this invasive insect. We’ll also discuss what to do when EAB affects your trees and the strengths and weaknesses of management options. Don’t miss this opportunity to arm yourself with knowledge against this invasive pest!
Presented by PJ Liesch, Director of the UW Insect Diagnostic Lab
What’s the Deal with No Mow May?
Wednesday, April 3, Noon–1 p.m.
Guest Panel: PJ Liesch, Paul Koch, Hannah Gaines-Day, UW-Madison Division of Extension
Establishing a Bee Lawn — Current Research and Practical Techniques
Thursday, April 25, Noon–1 p.m.
Join us for an informative online program focusing on the research and practical methods behind creating a bee lawn. We will cover topics such as optimal timing for planting, whether to overseed an existing lawn or renovate to start from scratch, and other establishment practices such as the use of biodegradable seeding blankets. Learn recommended options for different sites and gain insights into purchasing pre-made bee lawn mixes or mixing your own. This webinar is a must-attend for those looking to make their outdoor spaces more pollinator friendly.
2024 Century Farm or Home Application
2024 Sesquicentennial Farm or Home Application
Join a free online parenting class every Thursday at 1 pm or 6 pm. Connect with other parents. Get practical, positive parenting ideas. Help children grow.
When you register, you will receive an email with a link that gives you access to the class using Zoom. Check your junk mail if you don’t receive this email.
March 21, 2024: Playful Parenting
April 18, 2024: Teens, Screens, & Social Media
May 16, 2024: Learning Life Skills Through Household Chores
Contest entry deadline has passed
Mark your calendars … future Fair dates:
2024 DOOR COUNTY FAIR – AUGUST 14-18
2025 DOOR COUNTY FAIR – AUGUST 13-17
2026 DOOR COUNTY FAIR – AUGUST 12-16
Questions? Call 920-746-7126 … leave a message and someone will call you back!
Door County Fair Secretary, Hilary Heard: firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBINARS FOR WISCONSIN GARDENERS more information …
VIRTUAL NEW FOOD ACCESS MAP … Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc Counties more information …
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension-Brown County released the virtual NEW Food Access Map. The objective of this map is to highlight places for households to obtain food in Brown, Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc Counties. The map focuses on these categories: Community Gardens, Stores accepting EBT, Farmers Markets, Food Pantries, Grocery Stores, Cultural Grocery Stores and Meal Programs.
One of the first steps to having a successful lawn or garden is having your soil tested. A soil test provides more information about the nutrient status of your soil, pH level, organic matter content and texture. The test report also suggests various soil management practices to improve the fertility of the soil for a given crop.
Follow these steps to properly submit your soil sample:
- Call the Extension office 920-746-2260 to request information, visit the office to pick up the information, or visit the websites below for forms and information.
- Follow the instructions for submitting a soil sample. About 2 cups of soil is required for testing. INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING A SOIL SAMPLE
- Cost per “routine” sample is $15.00 (plus postage … if you want the Extension office to mail your sample).
- Lawn and Garden Info Sheet – UW Soil Lab
- Sampling Lawn and Garden Soils A2166
- Wildlife Food Plot samples more information …
- The UW Soil Lab will be analyzing your sample. UW Lab website
Note: The UW Lab does not test/screen for Lead. Please contact the State Lab of Hygiene if you would like lead screening. Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene
THE LEARNING STORE – Publications
- Home & Family … canning and freezing vegetables and fruits, etc.
- Lawn & Garden … growing vegetables and fruits; landscaping, etc.
- Agriculture … farming, crops, etc.
CHECK YOUR FREE CREDIT REPORT – more information
- Annual Credit Report – Website
HOME ALONE – Evaluating and teaching children what they need to know to stay home alone. more information
UW-Madison Division of Extension-Door County: What is Extension?
- Squash Vine Borer
- Japanese Beetle
- Spotted Lanternfly
- Wisconsin Public Radio program on Spotted Lanternfly listen here …
- European Chafer in Door County
- Controlling European Chafer in Summer Months
- A4141 EUROPEAN CHAFER
- Western Conifer Seed Bug and Adult Male Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Identification
DOOR COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS
This site can help you learn about becoming a Master Gardener, find information about horticultural topics, and connect to the statewide network of Master Gardener associations.
DOOR COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS
and THE GARDEN DOOR QUESTIONS – 920-559-9814
Master Gardener Program in Wisconsin
Door County Master Gardeners
The Garden Door — — Self-guided tours (Free) – Open every day dawn to dusk.
Located at the Peninsula Agricultural Research Station, 4312 Hwy 42, Sturgeon Bay
Door County Seed Library