Jacob Kluza Starts His Position as Horticulture Educator !

Jacob Kluza started as the UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture Educator for Jackson and Trempealeau Counties. Kluza started work on March 03, 2022. His position is 50% time, and his primary office will be the Extension office in Black River Falls, but he will be providing horticulture education to citizens in both counties. He will be available on Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm. He can be contacted via email at kluza@wisc.edu. He can also be reached by phone at 715.538.3189. You are encouraged to call or email to set an appointment.

“With the changes in local Extension staffing, the Extension committees in Jackson and Trempealeau Counties decided to invest in horticulture education,” noted Pat Malone, Area Extension Director. “One of Kluza’s first responsibilities will be networking with stakeholders in both counties to identify educational priorities in horticulture. We expect that he will be working with home gardeners and specialty fruit and vegetable producers. We are excited to have Jacob Kluza join our Extension team to deliver high quality, evidence-based horticulture education,” said Malone.

Jacob has a diverse educational and professional back ground including; A Bachelors and Master’s degrees in plant sciences, as well as commercial greenhouse production as a Grower with Skagit Gardens, landscape design and maintenance as a Landscape Manager for Top Tier Landscape and Design, soil and plant nutrient management as an Environmental Technician with Rock River Labs, and urban forestry as the Tree and Evasive Vegetation Inspector with city of Plymouth, Minnesota. Jacob is excited about his new role and is looking forward to bringing his passion for horticulture and outreach to the community.