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Position: La Plata County Extension Office

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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

Study includes look at 'food shed'

Local food. To some, the concept entails what you grow - your backyard, your fields, your animals. To others, “localfood" is what you buy at your neighborhood grocery store.Then there exists the...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Storing water is a good idea in case of emergency

As we experience snowstorms, broken water pipes, loss of electricity, contaminated wells and, soon to come, springfloods, we are reminded to be prepared. One basic item is water.Experts advise a...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

There is a link between snow fleas and groundhogs

I had two phone calls today that started “My snow has fleas."“Excuse me?" I replied, assuming that “Snow" was the name of their cat or dog.However, in both cases the descriptions were the same....

DATE: Feb. 11, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Hard work just a part of life on the family farm

I am the oldest of four children who all work and live on the family farm. I have grown up tending animals since I canremember. I love the smell of work - the animals, fresh air and the freshly cut...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

It's a good idea to test your home for harmful radon gas

With snow comes the opportunity for you to find out if your home is harboring the No. 2 cause of lung cancer: radongas.Do you know the level of radon in your home? Is it below 4 picocuries per...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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