Agriculture

AGRICULTURE

Community Supported Agriculture

Sandy Raduenz, Owner of Pinehold Gardens, discusses how she became a successful community supported agricultural (CSA) farmer. A CSA provides produce to members on a weekly basis during the growing season.

Plant Pigmentation: Where Beauty Meets Science

Amy Freidig, Program Assistant in the Master Gardener Program at UW-Extension, discusses the five most common plant pigments. Freidig explains the science behind the colors and highlights the health benefits that each pigmentation provides to fruits and vegetables.

Alternate Lifestyles: Plants that Eat Animals

Erica Young, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at UW-Milwaukee, explains that more than 600 species of plants that grow where there aren’t enough nutrients in the soil are able to supplement their diets by capturing insects and digesting them. Young discusses the types of plants that are carnivorous and what kind of insects they attract.

The Science of Dairy Milk Harvesting

John Penry, PhD Student in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW-Madison, explains how milk is processed and ultimately made available for consumers at the supermarket. Penry compares dairy production in the U.S. to production in Australia and shares ongoing research into dairy milk harvesting at UW-Madison.

Therapeutic Gardening

Jennifer Happ, Day Service Coordinator at Riverfront Inc., creates gardens designed to heal. Happ introduces tools intended to aid with strength, flexibility and range of motion issues.

Design of Humane Animal-Handling Facilities

David Kammel, Livestock Housing Specialist at UW-Extension, discusses how to create a facility that provides a safe environment for cattle and for the people handling the animals. Kammel presents examples of facility systems that integrate fences, chutes and restraints.

Udder Anatomy and Physiology

Laura Hernandez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dairy Science at UW-Madison, explains that the defining attribute of a mammal is that it has mammary glands. Hernandez uses cow udders to show how mammary glands work and she compares the nutritional make-up of milk from cows, goats, humans and other mammals.

Oak Ecosystem Ecology

Brad Hutnik, Forest Community Ecologist at WI Department of Natural Resources, explains how to determine if you have an oak-hickory woodland on your property. Hutnik identifies the kinds of plants and animals that depend on an oak-hickory woodland and discusses why they’re vanishing in southern Wisconsin.

Oak Woodland Management

Kevin Schilling, La Crosse County Forester at the WI Department of Natural Resources, explains how to cultivate oak trees on your land. Schilling discusses best practices for oak regeneration and the value of setting goals to maintain good quality oak woodlands.

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin

Erin Silva, Assistant Professor of Organic Agriculture at UW-Extension, discusses the history of organic agriculture, the regulations that organic farmers must follow, and how UW-Madison is supporting organic farming.

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