Southwest Life

4-H livestock projects teach skills that last a lifetime

4-H livestock and animal projects inspire lifelong learning in young people. 4-H members can enroll in horse, dog, cat, cow, sheep, goat, swine, poultry and rabbit animal projects. They can begin...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Despite the headlines, not all wheat is bad for you

Ah, fresh warm bread. Whether it is hot out of the oven, dipped into a steaming bowl of soup or enveloping your favorite sandwich, it is easy to see why it is such a staple food. Wheat makes up...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Gardeners, this measurement will tell you a lot about your soil

I tried. I wrote an article about watering trees in the winter, I washed the car and I sold a pair of skis. But none of it did the trick. Our weather seems to get only warmer, and even the few...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H members collaborate to build Snowdown obstacle course

Snowdown 2018 is quickly approaching. All we need now is snow, especially for our agriculture community. I hope we receive some much-needed precipitation soon. For the last five years, La Plata...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Radon can pose serious health risks, test your home now

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon in our homes is a significant health issue. Forty-nine percent of homes in La Plata County have required mitigation of the colorless, odorless gas...

DATE: Jan. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Workshop will teach techniques to extend the growing season

As our travels around the sun begin again, we seem to be traversing through a very, very strange and dichotomous winter. This week, we have winter storm warnings for Jacksonville, Florida;...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County 4-H clubs serve communities, people in many ways

Community service is a major component of the 4-H Youth Development program. At a minimum, 4-H members are required to participate in one community service event during the year. However, most 4-H...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The fascinating process of olive production in Spain

Olives – wait, what? I write this as I sit on the edge of a canal in Seville, Spain. I am immersing myself in the Mediterranean way of eating. They refer to the olive tree as the “tree of life.” I...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Our dry weather may mean trees need winter watering

Over the years, I’ve written articles that seem to initiate a response from Mother Nature that completely eliminates the need to do what I’m writing about. So, in hopes of that happening again...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County 4-H Council shapes young leaders

Each year, the La Plata County 4-H Council elects new youth officers to represent our organization. The team of officers works together throughout the year to plan, organize and implement a...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Cooking, baking at high altitude are part science, part art

Holidays are fast approaching, and we tend to spend more time baking, entertaining and making special treats and candy for gatherings. I’m starting to get more questions about tough dinner rolls,...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

I’ve enjoyed a busy 10 years and look forward to more

You know time flies when you’re daydreaming in your office (extremely momentarily) about a topic for the monthly newspaper article and you see a certificate on the wall recognizing five years of...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office