Darrin Parmenter

Position: Director and horticulture agent

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

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

Angela Fountain

Best to start financial planning now

One becomes conservative when one has something to conserve. We spend time building valued assets and gifts (including children). But where is that essential step in protecting these assets –...

DATE: April 27, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Volunteering: 4-H’ers know the term well

While negative stereotypes abound on the outlooks, lifestyles and attitudes of this country’s young people today, most are actually healthy, happy and productive members of society. In fact, the...

DATE: April 20, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Garden should be a place to enjoy

As I mentioned in my previous article, the kids and I recently designed the 2011 vegetable garden. They were excited to impress upon me how many different veggies they are willing to plant and try;...

DATE: April 13, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Cross-contamination an issue in gluten-free

Lately, I find myself in numerous discussions and questions involving gluten-free foods. While chatting with a dear friend, Jan Phillips (a local health educator), she shared several frustrations...

DATE: April 6, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H community hurting after accident claims youth

The La Plata County 4-H community is deeply saddened by the unfortunate loss of Shaniah Farmer. Shaniah was an active member of the Bayfield Riders 4-H club. She participated in horse project and...

DATE: March 30, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Spring blossoms nice, but it’s a bit early

And then it was spring. Not sure how we got here so quickly, and I can’t honestly expect it to last. Of course it will snow again (I believe I said that a couple months ago, and it really hasn’t...

DATE: March 23, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Latest tree survey shows spruce beetle on rise

The spruce beetle remains a serious threat in Southwest Colorado, according to results from the recently released 2010 forest health annual aerial survey.Each year, observers with the Colorado...

DATE: March 16, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Each of the 4 H’s provide important tools

St. Patrick’s Day is just a week away. This is a great opportunity to highlight the 4-H club emblem – the four-leaf clover with an “H” on each leaf. These “H’s” stand for Head, Heart, Hands and...

DATE: March 9, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Credit card changes still taking shape

It has been a year since changes were implemented for credit cards. An additional result, and lesser known action, was the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Its purpose is to...

DATE: March 2, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Food retreat all about finding common direction

I usually never retreat from food. Just ask my mom (peach cobbler) or my wife (Indian food) or my dad (chile rellenos). However, this Friday and Saturday, I hope to join many of you at the third...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H projects can teach vital life lessons

4-H projects are a great way to “learn by doing.” They provide members the opportunity to learn physical, mental and social skills. In addition, members gain knowledge about a specific discipline...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Home energy credits still available, with strings

It is closing in on income tax preparation time; some are stressed while others relish a return. If you get significant dollars back annually, you might want to change your deductions. Basically,...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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