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

Make the most of the season’s best produce by preserving or donating

Treasure this moment, for it won’t be long until local gardens halt production, and the variety of produce at the grocer diminishes. Should you be fortunate enough to have an excess of produce,...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Hop on your bike and enjoy a tour of local farms

I am constantly amazed by the quality and skill of the young bike riders that are continually pumping out of the Durango area. Just this past week, we had two teens win their respective classes as...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County Fair to feature 4-H members’ bright futures

“Proud of the past, poised for the future” is this year’s theme for the La Plata County Fair. The fair will be held Aug. 7-11, with pre-fair events Aug. 3-4. All activities will take place at the...

DATE: July 22, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Want to eat more fruits, vegetables? Try these strategies

Eating fruits and vegetables comes with undeniable health benefits. Dietary guidelines suggest 2½ cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit per day for adults. How does your intake measure up? Before...

DATE: July 12, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

A wet, cool year isn’t all good news for gardens

If you’ve read my articles over the years, you may have noticed that our climate and/or environment tend to be pretty common topics. But really, as gardeners, or farmers, or landowners, so much of...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Day camp builds friendships, practical skills

The month of June is an exciting one for the La Plata County 4-H program, and it is filled with experiences that can positively shape our members’ lives into the future. Currently, local 4-H...

DATE: June 13, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Preventive health care you can apply year-round

I’ll be the first to admit, religious sunscreen use is not one of my well-established habits. As is often the case with health, we know we should – but we don’t. This act of self-care for the sake...

DATE: June 7, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Raise your garden beds to get plants growing

I’ve been stuck in a predicament. All this moisture is such a godsend after months of dryness in 2017 and 2018, and when you live (and try to grow things) in a high elevation desert that typically...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

You can participate in the La Plata County Fair as a judge

La Plata County 4-H is seeking livestock project interview judges for the county fair in August. Interview judging is based on a set of criteria and questions that will be asked of each project...

DATE: May 19, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

How to prevent the stomach flu: A recipe for success

The emergence of flip-flops, wind and milk chocolate-colored rivers are sure signs of spring in Southwest Colorado. With Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, we’ll soon break free of the indoor...

DATE: May 8, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

How to select a tree for your landscape

Last spring, I wrote about wanting to wait to see how my property fared after four distinct seasons. Now, I feel like I have a better understanding of how water (or snow) moves (or doesn’t move),...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

CODY Project promotes youth mental health at second annual event

The Community Overcoming Depressed Youth (CODY) Project will host its second Mental Health Mardi Gras on May 4. This pro-social, free community event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Exhibit...

DATE: April 19, 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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