Wisconsin Lavender is a Specialty Crop Indeed
New Life Lavender and Cherry Farm in Baraboo opened my eyes, and my nose, to the wonder of lavender. In mid-July, I was able to visit the farm for a tour and learned so much about this pretty purple plant. Not only do humans enjoy lavender, but bees do as well. New Life Lavender was buzzing with life as they are home to multiple bee hives, fish, sheep, cows, and a family of five. Lavender can be used in a variety of ways. Its first known use was in Egyptian culture being used
Chill with Ice Cream during These Hot Summer Months!
My name is Julia Nunes and I am the newly selected 73rd Alice in Dairyland. I am stepping into this position in one of the hottest months of the year – July – which also happens to be National Ice Cream Month! Growing up on a dairy farm in Chippewa Falls, ice cream has always been a staple in my diet. Like 95 percent of the farms in Wisconsin, my farm is family owned. Wisconsin is home to over 7,000 dairy farms which are all a part of the dairy community that has a $45.6 bill
Cooking with Alice in Dairyland: Melting Pot Mac & Cheese
July 14th is National Mac & Cheese Day and this year I wanted to celebrate! Growing up on my family’s dairy farm in Chippewa Falls, our cheese drawer in the refrigerator was always stocked, but we usually ended up having half-eaten ends of cheese blocks left over. This cheese is perfectly fine to eat, but I wanted a recipe that used all the bits of cheese at once. Emptying my cheese drawer means that I now have room to refill it with new Wisconsin cheeses. This recipe is one
Signing Off as Wisconsin's 72nd Alice in Dairyland
The evening of May 11, 2019 will forever hold a special place in my heart. That night, in an auditorium filled with members of the Wisconsin agriculture community, I heard my name called to serve as our state’s 72nd Alice in Dairyland. Now, almost 15 months later, it is hard to believe my time as our state’s agriculture ambassador is coming to a close. As my incredible journey nears its end, I am filled with pride for Wisconsin’s $104.8 billion agriculture community. Througho