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

When it comes to aging well, MIND diet really can matter

My annual nutrition conference focused this year on healthy aging and the brain. Discussion included disease prevention, healthy aging and function-preserving strategies. One speaker noted that...

DATE: June 4, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Helpful hints to grow a healthy crop of tomatoes

It’s the first week of June, which is typically the time when I write the “it’s the first week of June, it may be safe to plant those warm-season crops in the vegetable garden” article. I know...

DATE: June 1, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H grows bountiful garden, strong character

Spring is always an exciting time of year. Southwest Colorado’s weather has been predictable in its unpredictable manner. So, no matter if it is rain or shine, it’s time to get outside and start...

DATE: May 18, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Plant yourself in this gardening series

Life is a series of firsts – first steps, first words and first day at school. First crush (and subsequent first broken heart), first roller-coaster ride and first concert. As we grow older, the...

DATE: May 4, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

In many ways, 4-H teaches members how to be leaders

The presidential campaign has put the topic of leadership in the spotlight. Each candidate is trying to convince voters that he or she will be the best leader for our country. Leaders have a...

DATE: April 20, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Lucky student gardeners work alongside first lady

I was sitting down to the computer Monday, getting ready to write this article, when some pretty phenomenal news came across my email: Four local gardeners were going to the White House in...

DATE: April 6, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

From the Extension Office Here are a few tips on how you can eat away at wasting food

Nearly one third of the food we purchase ends up in the trash. Wasted food is wasted money, and that stems from a variety of reasons: leftover food purchased for a specific recipe, unused food...

DATE: April 2, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H garden is gateway to lessons about health

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. The 4-H symbol of a four leaf clover always reminds us of how lucky we are. Head, Heart, Hands and Health represent each leaf of our clover. These H’s guide us in working...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Feels like spring out there; time to attend to fruit trees

Abnormal. Somewhat strange. A bit peculiar with an air of absurdity. No, this isn’t how my kids describe their dad or a way to describe the 2016 Chicago Cubs, the odds-on favorite to win the World...

DATE: March 2, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H clubs teach members skills to become leaders

As the 2016 election year heats up, I am reminded of how important teaching citizenship can be to our youth. Across America, the 4-H Youth Development organization believes strongly in providing...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

It’s time to get a little red about women’s heart disease Putting

Pull out that red dress. We need to increase awareness about women and heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of preventable death in persons aged 40 to 65. Check out Go Red at...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

With spring on the horizon, order seeds, map out garden

So Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow. In Pennsylvania, 1,173 miles away. While I have never lived in the Keystone State, I did live just north of there in upstate New York for a number of...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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