Girl Scouts of Badgerland Wisconsin introduces dairy patch

VILLAGE OF DANE, Wis.– The Badgerland Girl Scouts introduced Wisconsin’s first dairy patch on Saturday.

The dairy patch is intended to grow dairy lovers and dairy workers. It’s earned by learning about the diverse range of dairy-related professions available today.

“Agriculture is so cool, and I think people, because they don’t have the grandparents’ farm to go to anymore, they don’t even think about a career in agriculture anymore, especially in dairy,” treasurer of the Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee Yogi Brown said. “(The industry) is wide open and so amazing.”

In partnership with the Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee, girl scouts traveled to a farm and got the chance to work with interactive dairy stations, including examining a real cow with a stethoscope and an ultrasound.

Girl scout Babette Loesch said she was most looking forward to being around the cows.

“I’m kind of reaching an age where I’m kind of thinking about what I want to do when I’m older and this is a great way, I feel like, to be exposed to more careers and opportunities that might be possible for me,” Loesch said.

The new patch is a pilot project in Dane County. Leaders hope it will be a statewide opportunity for girl scouts next year.