UW-Extension Commercial Horticulture educator Kristin Krokowski serves a broad array of audiences in Waukesha County. This field consists of fruit and vegetable growers, farmers’ market managers and green industry professional such as arborists, landscapers, growers of ornamental plants, garden center workers and lawn care technicians. Since 2001, Kristin has developed resources and educational programming to address the diverse needs of these groups.
Farmers’ markets play a critical role in supporting local agricultural and horticultural businesses who sell directly to the public. Farmers’ market managers are important to their success. To assist in developing these markets, Kristin Krokowski worked in cooperation with Rose Skora, Agriculture Educator for UW-Extension in Racine and Kenosha Counties to survey farmers’ market managers, vendors and customers at markets throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The results of those surveys were critical to addressing the educational needs of those groups and furthering the success of farmers’ markets in the area.
The people of Waukesha County spend and average of $91.5 million a year on green industry goods and services. To help municipalities and green industry business stay up to date on pest problems, such as Emerald Ash Borer, and be environmentally responsible with pesticide applications, Kristin holds a variety of educational programs on cooperation with surrounding counties. She also serves the green industry through a variety of efforts including diagnosing horticultural plant, insect, weed and disease problems and by creating a website (http://greenindustry.uwex.edu) to serve the green industries educational and resource needs.