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Darrin Parmenter

Position: Director and horticulture agent

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

Darrin Parmenter

Position: Director and horticulture agent

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

Greg Felsen

Email: gregory.felsen@co.laplata.co.us

Nicole Clark

Position: Family and consumer science agent

Email: nicole.clark@co.laplata.co.us

Victory gardens nourished bodies and souls in uncertain times

My Grandpa Parmenter was an auto parts salesman who had a pen collection like no other. He must have traded other salesmen – “I’ll give you a Big A Automotive for a Michelin” – and I think he must...

DATE: April 6, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Does your environment support your health?

Isn’t it ironic how easily resolutions dissolve, in spite of our persistent desire to be healthy? In as little as two months, well-intended habits have collapsed into a pile of excuses. No need to...

DATE: March 11, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

A garden journal will help your harvest

I like the idea of writing with a pen or pencil. I actually lament that cursive isn’t as prevalent in the elementary school curriculum as it was when I was a kid. For those of you in my age bracket...

DATE: March 9, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Three couples share what’s behind a successful relationship

Many people come in and out of our life, fulfilling various roles, at various times. Parting ways comes with acceptance of change or heartbreak with loss. Yet, not all relationships end. For some,...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Tips to successfully start your own plants this year

Many of you out there consider New Year’s Day the first day of the year. However, there are others who consider it the start of the next gardening season. Don’t believe me? You know you are a...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

How five simple words can change your day

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting Vincent. Aside from his name, I know nothing more than the fact that with five simple words he made my day and inspired this column. It was Monday,...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The river changes course again – and that’s OK

I grew accustomed to my office dynamic. Not much turnover among a strong team of educators, advocates and facilitators. I liked it that way. We didn’t feel stagnant – felt like the current was...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

My journey is moving ahead to Montezuma County Extension Office

Kopano ea sechaba ka temo. This Basotho phrase translates into, “unity of community through agriculture.” Basotho is the name associated with the people of the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, Africa....

DATE: Dec. 23, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Ready to make the perfect cookie? Welcome to cookie chemistry 101

One for me, two for you and plate of carrots for the reindeer. The carrots are easy, it’s the cookies that can be finicky. Once you get past the challenge of deciding on a style, you merely have...

DATE: Dec. 12, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Climate change a threat to Durango’s community forest

I had the pleasure this past week of attending a daylong workshop about climate change and how it could potentially affect Durango’s community forest. I have to say, the organizing groups –...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H County Council to collaborate on community events

I am excited to announce the 2019-20 La Plata County 4-H County Council officer team. The team will take on leadership roles for our entire county program. In addition, members will act as our...

DATE: Nov. 15, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Warming spices will make delightful pumpkin dishes

Last week, Halloween pumpkins gathered at the La Plata County Fairgrounds with the purpose of giving life from their wilting remains. Livestock throughout the county will soon be feasting on fodder...

DATE: Nov. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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Wendy Rice

Position: From the Extension Office

Email: ricekw@co.laplata.co.us

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