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 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

I’m preparing to begin a new chapter in my life: Retirement

Along with many others, I too have chosen retirement this year. Feb. 2 will be my last day employed by Colorado State University as family and consumer science extension agent in La Plata County....

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

Work of 4-H Ambassadors team builds crucial life skills

The 2018-19 La Plata County 4-H Council Ambassadors team is excited for the year ahead. This team will represent our 4-H program at local, regional and national events. The team consists of six...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Don’t let our altitude foil your favorite holiday recipe

At this time of year, many people are baking more than usual. People are often frustrated to find that a recipe that works at sea level is a disaster at this altitude. Whether you are boiling eggs,...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2018 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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

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