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

Iron Horse Chef competition heats up market

Once upon a time, I worked in restaurants. I washed dishes at the Palace Restaurant, cleared tables at now-closed Father Murphy’s, and was a waiter and cook at Gazpacho’s. Then while in Montana, I...

DATE: Sept. 8, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H lets kids be part of traditional programs

Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of attending my first Durango Farmers Market. I was a little late to take advantage of the wild mushrooms available, but did get all other fresh vegetables,...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

College students need to learn rules of shopping, cooking

Now is the time of year we send our students off to college after loading them up with microwaves, tabletop grills and mini-fridges. Many don't know what it takes to protect themselves from...

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

Community support for 4-H’ers was touching during county fair

The community provided amazing support to our 4-H’ers at the La Plata County Fair this year. Let me share just some of what I saw.More than 65 adults took an entire day off to judge 4-H projects –...

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

Local food to be focus of upcoming events

Like many of you, I have stressed over my garden this year. I had mentioned in a previous article that my garden was not growing – even with silver bells and cockle shells – like I wanted it to....

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

Fair gives 4-H members time to shine

It is not a true summer unless you make it to the La Plata County Fair. The fair is a celebration of what makes our little part of the world so special. Being a 4-H Youth Development extension...

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

Treatments vary to lower cholesterol

The American Heart Association estimates that more than 100 million adults have cholesterol values greater than 200 mg/dl. Of those, one-third have levels greater than 240. For the first time,...

DATE: July 28, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

New 4-H agent wants club to thrive

Greetings, San Juan Basin. My name is Greg Felsen and I am the new 4-H youth development extension agent in La Plata County. I am replacing the wonderful commitment to service and community...

DATE: July 21, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Plants lack umph? Try this fertilizer formula

I hope that I am not alone in the puny garden department this year. It seems as if the tomatoes, which were planted May31, haven't put on much growth. Seeds sown at the first of the month still...

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

Going green savvy move for eateries

We are spending a lot of time (and energy) going green. What about food-service establishments? Here's a way to enticecustomers while saving real dollars. Going green can save operational costs,...

DATE: June 24, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Wise watering the key to defeating drought

My family and I went camping last weekend - the first of hopefully many weekends away from the house. This was themaiden voyage for the recently purchased pop-up camper, which is a luxury - albeit...

DATE: June 17, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Golden years can be gold with good planning

When it comes to retirement pensions, questions abound. Will there be enough? How can I help it along? Where to put it?If you are like me, these questions leave you with your head spinning and...

DATE: June 10, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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