Position: From the Extension Office

Email: ricekw@co.laplata.co.us

Position: La Plata County Extension Office

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

Cutting your own Christmas tree offers memories for a lifetime

Over the past 10 years, I’ve written a couple of articles about Christmas trees and the role they play in the Parmenter family. Yes, there were years when we left our tree up well into late...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H partnership brings gardening classes to elementary schools

Community partners are an essential factor in delivering quality programming through your local Colorado State University Extension Office. As educators, we strive to build solid relationships...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Meal planning tips for your Thanksgiving Day feast

It is again time for giving thanks and feasting. Whether you are an expert cook or a new cook, it can be stressful trying to make sure you have enough food or accommodating guests with food...

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

For a healthy landscape in 2019, give yard, garden a little love now

I fully realize how stepping into the garden this time of year can be a challenge – like waking up at 6:30 a.m. with the sky pitch black, buying carrots from the grocery store and not the farmers...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Join La Plata County 4-H to learn life, leadership skills

We are now accepting enrollment for the 2018-19 4-H youth development program. La Plata County has more than 15 after-school community clubs, which develop leadership and life skills for youths to...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Prebiotics, probiotics in natural foods can benefit your gut health

Many of us spend time carefully perusing grocery shelves looking for healthier foods, particularly items advertising prebiotics and probiotics. New research is showing how important these two...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Loving baseball, even in the season of heartbreak

Former Major League Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti once wrote about America’s pastime: “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when...

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

La Plata County 4-H members shine at Colorado State Fair

The 2018 Colorado State Fair concluded earlier this month on Labor Day. Each year, many local 4-H members enter projects, participate in contests and compete in livestock, horse and shooting sports...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Take these simple steps to avoid foodborne illness

If 49 percent of adult meals are eaten away from home, according to the National Restaurant Association, what about the other 51 percent? The majority of “stomach flu” is actually food poisoning....

DATE: Sept. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The harvest, the weather make September great

I’m a fan of September – if it had an Instagram page, I would follow it; a Facebook site, I would like it. The cool mornings, afternoons in the 80s and nights with open windows make up for the...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Smart planning can go a long way when it’s time to retire

Over the last few weeks, four friends have decided that it was time to retire. Retirement should take some planning – at least five years is the recommendation. Because the national average age...

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

Let the county fair shine its light on you

You look for bright spots. No matter what you have happening in your life, you look for those times, those people or those moments when a bit of sunshine can make a world of difference. As Brandi...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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