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The Urban Agriculture/Horticulture Team provides research and educational support for the rapidly expanding horticulture industry in Wisconsin. The team provides the educational foundation to facilitate use, production, maintenance and appreciation of horticulture in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.


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Work Groups
Commercial work group
Contact: Kristin Krokowski
  • Working to help make green industry businesses utilize the most current university research and resources to be competitive, successful, and environmentally responsible.

Consumer work group
Contact: Sharon Morrisey; Brian Hudelson
  • Focusing on the aspects of horticulture that impact the general public including the urban horticulture web site, publications, educational programs an diagnostics.
Environmental work group
Contact: Brock Woods
  • Developing projects and information on horticulture topics related to the environment including nutrient management in turf, invasive plant and insect species and water quality.
Community Gardening / Urban Agriculture work group
Contact: Dennis Lukaszewski; Mike Maddox
  • Uniting gardeners throughout the state and sharing resources and educational materials to help community gardens, prison gardens and those interested in sharing the gardening experience thrive in Wisconsin.

Making a difference - Success stories and impact reports

In Racine, Rock and Waukesha counties, horticulture educators recognized the need for services to underserved populations. Programs were developed to address the needs of adults with disabilities, inmates, and a HUD designated low-to-moderate income revitalization neighborhood.

PDF file Gardening programs build community, provide life skills development and encourage better understanding of nutrition

In 2005, the Horticulture Diagnostic Team of Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Waukesha counties worked with the UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Initiative and Research to evaluate the diagnostics program. Information collected measured the quality of the service, client satisfaction and client compliance with recommendations.

PDF file Plant diagnostic services

Extension-trained Master Gardeners teach members of the public about horticulture in a variety of ways -- by answering questions and providing research-based information at local gardening events, through special workshops, on UW-Extension-supported garden hotlines, or through other means.

PDF file Making gardens grow in Wisconsin

19,000 winter-weary Wisconsinites got a jump start on spring at the annual Garden Expo in Madison. The event – open for three days in February and sponsored by UW-Extension Horticulture Team, Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) and the Friends of WHA-TV – raised funds of Wisconsin Public Television and the program “The Wisconsin Gardener.”

PDF file Learning for Life at the Garden Expo


Co Leaders  
Diana Alfuth, St. Croix County (715) 273-6781
Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison (608) 262-2863
Christy Wen, Walworth County (262) 741-4958
Team Coach (608) 262-9812
John Shutske, Program Director, ANRE  
Mandy Beall, DNR Vijai Pandian, Brown County
Kevin Erb, UW-Green Bay Patti Percy, Fond du Lac County
Liz Friemoth, Walworth County Susan Richardson, Winnebago/Outagamie Counties
Steve Huntzicker, La Crosse County Scott Reuss, Marinette County
Kevin Jarek, Outagamie County Kevin Schoessow, Spooner Ag Research Station
Lisa Johnson, Dane County Tom Schwab, O.J. Noer Research Station
Laura Jull, UW-Madison Rose Skora, Kenosha County
Kristin Krowkowski, Racine County Doug Soldat, UW-Madison
Erin LaFaive, Eau Claire County Steve Stevenson, CIAS
Dennis Lukaszewski, Milwaukee County Dave Trechter, UW-River Falls
Sharon Morrisey, Milwaukee County Ann Wied, Waukesha County
Patricia Nagai, Racine County Chris Williamson, UW-Madion
Astrid Newenhouse, UW-Madison Tom Wright, West Madison Ag Research Station


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