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recent columns from the Extension Office
We throw out a quarter of our produce because it goes bad before we can eat it.
This does not have to be the case if you store it effectively. Temperature and location of storage make all the difference. When stored incorrectly, produce ripens quickly and can lose its flavor and quality.
Here are some guidelines so you know...
Ask any grade school students, and I bet they could tell you all sorts of factual tidbits about the United States of America.
Our nation’s capital? No problem.
The first national park? While I may briefly second guess myself, I’m pretty sure it’s Yellowstone.
The 50th state? I’ve always seen...
I hope everyone is having a great start to summer.
June has been a fun-filled time for many 4-H members who have participated in a successful in-state exchange program, natural resources camp along the Pine River and Colorado 4-H State Conference. July also will be filled with great opportunities.
This year, La Plata County...
“We are in this period of cacophony with food, where people are more engaged and more confused.”
– The New York Times, 2013
Diet fads come and go, leaving us confused as to what information is current and what has been written off.
As a registered dietitian, I routinely return to the basics when...
As a child, I held a small interest in insects. Sure, I did my fair share of dissecting ants, and by dissecting I mean pulling off the occasional leg and separating them between their thorax and abdomen. Mind you, this was not an obsession, so don’t start raising flags. Just childhood fascination.
I also rolled up hundreds of pill...
Fresh spring salads are on my plate for dinner.
This spring, I am harvesting mini-kales, mini-mustards, spinach and green-leaf and red-leaf lettuces. These tasty greens from my garden get me excited for the summer and fall. I was quick to cover my plants during the last two frosts, and I hope we are in the clear for the remainder of our...
Previously, I shared current research about organic versus conventional choices for milk. This week, the focus will be nutritional and contaminant/pesticide levels of organic versus conventional produce.
Selecting organic produce based on nutritional or contaminant/pesticide content has not been supported by research. Analytical analysis...
During the last couple of years, numerous gardeners and farmers have reported damage to vegetable crops – mainly tomatoes, potatoes, beans and peas – after applying manure, hay or straw to the soil.
Symptoms include curled, cupped or twisted leaves; misshapen or small fruit; poor germination; and even death of plants. While...
La Plata County schools will soon be entering summer recess. I encourage all students to study hard and finish strong.
I also would like to congratulate all high school students who will be graduating in the coming weeks. I hope your next adventure treats you well.
Each year, La Plata County 4-H awards $500 scholarships to...
Lately, there seems to be a great deal of buzz about organic food. Is it the best way to go? When asking this question, several factors come into play, including price, quality, the presence of pesticides and if organic food is more likely to carry harmful bacteria.
Based on research available (albeit limited) as to nutritional...