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

May the financial force be with you in 2016

2015 is done, and here we are already at 2016. I again remember the excitement when Yoda first shared so much wisdom. It is all back again so I decided to look at some of the things he shared and...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Snow, fewer late freezes and more wishes for Santa

A week until Christmas and it’s nice to see snow on the ground. I hope it will last, or be added to, so Santa and his reindeer will leave foot (and paw) prints. Growing up in Durango back in the...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Let’s get cooking; it’s the holidays

This is the time of year for those special times – food with family and friends, parties and banquets, leftovers and, of course, wonderful food gifts. Holiday time is often turkey time when we get...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Cultivate your knowledge with master gardener class

As you may or may not know, I’m charged with running the Colorado Master Gardener program in La Plata County. There’s the chance the majority of you who peruse the article are either: a) master...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Collaboration gives young people chance to grow

La Plata County 4-H finds collaboration is essential for maintaining strong communities. During the last five years, we have developed a partnership with Celebrating Healthy Communities, which is a...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Wrap up your outside chores and put your garden to bed

I have a tendency to be late. Not really late, but not “fashionably late” either, as I really am not that fashionable. But ask my office mates, fellow board members, my kids or even my dentist on...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Grieving for a family changed forever

Each of us has a special day that changes one’s life. Mine was 12 years ago Oct. 31 when my daughter passed away while at college. Grieving the loss of a child is a unique and lifelong process. I...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H projects develop character, skills: Enroll now

La Plata County 4-H club enrollment for the 2015-16 year begins Friday. All enrollments for 4-H club members, leaders and volunteers will be done online at https://colorado.4honline.com. This is a...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Charm of Apple Days lies in its simplicity, utility

Over the years, I’ve assisted in putting on numerous outdoor events in Southwest Colorado. For eight years, I’ve worked on the Iron Horse Chef and Tour de Farms; I’ve organized countless workshops,...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

County 4-H’ers compete successfully at state fair

Last week, I had the pleasure of heading to the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. Each year, this hard-working “steel” city impresses me. It looks rough on the outside; however, this blue-collar...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The many joys of apple season are upon us

Apples – the autumnal fruit. They have the ability to conjure images of crisp mornings, warm afternoons and cold nights as well as dew that hangs on the grass well into the morning. Apples remind...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

‘They’ll be riding ... so look out for those beauties’

Somewhere back in the 1980s, I went through a Queen phase. No, I wasn’t infatuated with the Queen of England, nor was I into chess. It was the band out of England, and I enjoyed their take on rock...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2015 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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