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

Fruit tree status running hot and cold

Seriously? Just three short weeks ago I was all doomy-gloomy about chilly temperatures – so much so that I even advertised my next article (the one you are reading now) as to “how cold temperatures...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

A winning program that has a winning attitude

Jessica Igo and Mallory Emerson, two livestock judging coaches at Colorado State University, are eager to highlight hometown heroes all across our state, and to let people know about one of CSU’s...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The chill can kill; if we’re lucky it won’t

Not sure if you all have noticed, but 2011 has already had some really cold nights. So cold that my wife is going to Montana today – to get warm. As plant enthusiasts, horticulturists and plant...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Drumroll please: Here’s the 2011 top 10 list for 4-H

Our Colorado 4-H program mission is that “4-H Youth Development Education creates supportive environments for culturally diverse youth and adults to reach their fullest potential.”Keeping this in...

DATE: Jan. 5, 2011 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Hey women, take this matter to heart

The whirlwind of the holidays is almost done. As you look at the red bows and ribbons, I challenge you to put a new emphasis on them. The gift of life and health. Think about each woman who is...

DATE: Dec. 29, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Riding the storms out – it’s all we can do

“Epic snowstorm forecast for mountains,” read the link on what must have been 10 different friends’ Facebook pages this week. As an avid skier, there is probably no better phrase to hear, read,...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Santa at the Mall a fundraiser for 4-H

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! I would like to invite everyone down to the Durango Mall to get their picture taken with Santa Claus. Santa and his helpers will be available for pictures from this...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Make sure gift cards hold their value

Now that Thanksgiving is past, we are being bombarded with opportunities to spend our money for gifts. Many choose the option of gift cards. The incentives are everywhere. The upside is one size...

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

Poignant ‘thankfuls’ come from young and old

As parents, my wife, Andrea, and I have been blessed to have both of our kids go to Children’s House Montessori. We love its teaching principles and the way the teachers let the kids decide the...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Eating breakfast always good idea

A recent study linked lack of adequate sleep to the growing problem of obesity, and other research has shown the importance of eating a good breakfast for weight management.It isn’t surprising we...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Becoming Master Gardener opens possibilities

There is a good chance that while you are reading this column, the last of this year’s harvest is making its way through the dehydration process. I still have a fair amount of food in the garden –...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Want health? Follow the rainbow

What is the connection between you, your garden and the increasing health-insurance costs? We know that heart disease, diabetes, cancer and lung disease are the leading causes of death and...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2010 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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