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Position: La Plata County Extension Office

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

Flaunt beauty, bounty in local garden contest

What message does your yard, or garden, or property convey? Is it one of indifference (i.e. rentals that haven't seen ahose, or mower, or trowel for years) or commitment? Does it display your...

DATE: June 2, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

High altitude is the bane of local bakers

This Memorial Day weekend we welcome visitors who will experience a variety of altitude problems - shortness of breath,bloody noses and faster sunburns. The same things that create these problems...

DATE: May 27, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Reading labels important when going gluten-free

To continue our discussion on gluten-free diets, this week I'll briefly discuss some pitfalls as well as findingadditional information. For starters, you need to raise your awareness, prevent...

DATE: May 12, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Find a story line and be sure to stick with it

In my last column, I introduced the idea of creating your outdoor space. It can be a daunting task, but if you take itstep by step, it can be much easier and useful.I wanted to finish a couple of...

DATE: May 5, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The landscaping process begins by thinking big

A couple of years ago I wrote about my yard, and my outdoor living space. For an urban lot, it is relatively large andhad been neglected for years. We decided to start with a clean slate, with the...

DATE: April 22, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Gluten-free foods, diets are gaining in popularity

Since I last wrote about celiac sprue and gluten-free diets, there has been an increase in the number of peoplefollowing the gluten-free diet in our community and nationally.So if you are finding...

DATE: April 15, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Area makes for growing challenges

I am so excited that I can see my front yard. Over the last couple of weeks, the snow has melted, the grass is slowlyspringing to life and the buds on the plum trees are getting ready to pop.I love...

DATE: April 8, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Easter's coming: Do you know how to boil an egg?

At this time of year eggs are in higher demand. Figuring that a hen lays one egg a day, it takes a lot of chickens toproduce the 72 billion eggs we use every year.Whether you are planning an Easter...

DATE: April 1, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

It's time to think about seedlings

As many of my Colorado Master Gardener students and volunteers know, I am more of a “fruits-and-vegetables" than a“flowers" kind of horticulturist. Don't get me wrong, I like flowers. But for me,...

DATE: March 25, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Colorado is no different: Good diet, exercise vital

Obesity. We have been told for a long time that this is a national problem. But how does that relate to all of us in“lean"Colorado?According to Weight of the State for 2009, a report from the...

DATE: March 18, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Hanging out on the beach, thinking about local food

Writing columns while on spring break is tough.Finding an outlet for the laptop on the beach can be a serious challenge; making sure the margarita doesn't spill andfry the motherboard is a risk...

DATE: March 11, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Exercise, health measured in nation's counties

Two weeks ago, two fascinating reports gave a snapshot for the health of Colorado.The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the first time provided ranking of counties in each state based on...

DATE: March 4, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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