Craig Saxe has served the citizens of Juneau County since 1994 as the UW-Extension Agriculture Agent. The majority of Craig’s work falls into the areas of Dairy, Forages/Grazing and Horticulture.
Craig has focused much of his Dairy programming on foraging, feeding and one-on-one consultations. Juneau is one of seven counties that make up the Central Wisconsin Agriculture Specialization Area (CWAS). Four-hundred-twenty-nine dairy producers have participated in a series of twenty-one workshops held throughout the seven county area. Craig also works with dairy producers one-on-one with management issues, facilities and cow comfort.
Over the past four years 711 participants have attended twenty-seven pasture walks throughout Juneau County area. This was made possible because Craig helped secure a Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) grant to help form the Living off the Land Grazers group. The grant helped landowners improve the ecological and productive conditions of private grazing lands. Craig facilitated the formation of the group and provided research-based information and education. Craig maintained clear educational objectives for his pasture walks and winter grazing programs, which included taking the extra steps to do pre-walks and set up educational stations in the field.
Craig has also taken an active role with a local community garden group, along with several collaborating organizations. Forty-two plots were made available to the public, and all were taken. Each family agreed to rent the space and maintain their garden area. The Garden was a huge success! A unique aspect of this project is the opportunity Craig took along with the Master Gardener Volunteer group to offer evening garden walks and “Tuesday Tasting” to bring people in and use the garden as an educational venue. The culmination of the year was a harvest supper.
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