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

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

La Plata County’s best kept secret

If you’re reading this column, you’re either familiar with La Plata County Extension Office or the headline was just too catchy to skip. For regulars, what may not be familiar is the name and face...

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

How to prune your fruit trees so they will thrive

People get scared when it comes to pruning, and I’m not sure why. I’ve done some pruning one-on-one with homeowners. I tell them to take about 30 percent of the live wood out of their backyard...

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

As spring arrives, La Plata County 4-H is bursting with activities

Winter weather has us optimistic for greener pastures this year. The month of March brings great excitement for many local 4-H members. Youths have and will participate in a variety of educational...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

How to assess tree damage after our heavy snow

February was a bit snowy. My Facebook page is inundated with photos of “Snowpocalypse” and “Snowmageddon” – kids jumping off roofs, walls of the white stuff bracketing the driveway, dogs getting...

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

My three favorite tools for the garden

We all have our favorites – favorite pet, favorite car, and heck, even favorite child (don’t worry kids, I love all of you. Most of the time …). In the kitchen, I would be hard-pressed to think of...

DATE: Feb. 1, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Through dialogue, we can understand one another

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have...

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

Our recent snow is ideal for plants, soil

The snow finally fell. My shoulders are sore from shoveling, the downstairs mudroom smells like wet coats and hats and boots, and my gloves have the odor of gasoline from refilling the snowblower....

DATE: Jan. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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