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

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

Your path to become a master gardener

Durango is flush with opportunities to volunteer. With hundreds of nonprofits, fundraisers, charity functions and the like, it’s amazing that some of those volunteers can find the time to perform...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H enriches young people’s lives in many ways; enroll now

Over the years, I have experienced the power of youth through the La Plata County 4-H program. 4-H club programs have contributed many benefits to our local communities. Youths develop the...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Now is the time to plan for the holidays – here’s why

Given the timing, you may be expecting words of wisdom offering creative alternatives to Halloween junk food. With a party invitation in hand and excitement in her voice, my daughter bestowed the...

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

October events to celebrate the end of the growing season

I like the month of September. I really liked this last one – ridiculous heat early in the month broke with gray clouds, rainstorms that wake you up in the middle of the night and mornings wishing...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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

As summer comes to a close, our 4-H program calendar year ends. As always, the year has been filled with many great achievements and accomplishments for our 4-H youth members. It is truly amazing...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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