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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

July 24, 2018

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for July 28-30:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-WELLNESS GARDEN

JANESVILLE, Wis. — Janesville has opened a new wellness garden site. Ruth Ann Potts and Mercyhealth were the primary donors of the $207,000 project. One feature in the new garden is a labyrinth, often used in walking meditation. Everyone is welcome at the new garden, with its wide concrete paths and raised beds. But it is especially designed to be accessible to people with disabilities and offers new opportunities for educational programming. By Anna Marie Lux, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 774 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-CANDIED PECANS

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin man has turned a culinary faux pas into a candied pecan business. Ten years after accidentally dunking a pound of pecans into the wrong pot, Eric Rupert, a Madison native with a long resume as a chef, has a storefront, online orders and buys his pecans by the pallet. Rupert has started Nutkrack, which sells hand-crafted, small-batch caramelized pecans. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1465 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-ORGANIC WOMEN FARMERS

MONROE, Wis. — A program is bringing Wisconsin women farmers together to network. In Her Boots takes on all kinds of issues, like debt, permaculture, water conservation, outreach and growth. In Her Boots started in 2009, originally called the MOSES Rural Women’s Project. The USDA estimates that women are the principal operators of about 14 percent of the farms in the U.S., and in total make up 30 percent of farmers in the country. By Lindsay Christians, The Capital Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1023 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-COLLEGE-COFFEE BAR

UNION GROVE, Wis. — A Wisconsin college for people with intellectual disabilities has started a coffee bar. Shepherds College in Union Grove partnered with Community State Bank to host the cafe inside the bank building. It is large with a sleek, modern design. The cafe has lots of indoor and outdoor seating, features a gas fireplace inside and a gas bonfire pit outside. By Megan Burke, The Journal Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 437 words, photos.

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