Wendy Rice

Position: From the Extension Office

Email: ricekw@co.laplata.co.us

Darrin Parmenter

Position: La Plata County Extension Office

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

Greg Felsen

Email: gregory.felsen@co.laplata.co.us

Master Gardeners a reason to keep excited

November and December are my down months. Typically, this is the time of year when I can catch up on all the thingsthat got buried on my desk; the time when the phone calls regarding horticulture...

DATE: Nov. 12, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Small changes can make big differences around the house

We keep hearing about the $1,500 tax credit to help with energy savings for your home, but how about changes that costlittle or nothing and can save you more than $1,500 over the course of a year...

DATE: Nov. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Local growing season keeps us guessing

As I write this article on a gloomy and cold Tuesday, waiting for the forecasted storm to come in tonight and bring 3 to 5 feet (okay, maybe 3 to 5 inches - but it never hurts to wish) of snow,...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

There's no time like now to prepare for disaster

Over the last few months, four tornado traumas have involved friends and family.Disaster preparedness has been a topic of conversation as they recount bumping around the house looking for...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Homegrown Festival provides a fruity feast this Sunday

The other day, I challenged myself – I was curious how many fruit trees I could find in my short walk to work.I started at my house and traveled the eight blocks to the office at the fairgrounds....

DATE: Oct. 15, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Durango 4-H agent 'Bob' to say goodbye Oct. 16

The other day I visited a garden space at a local health-care center.It was one of those days when my wife, Andrea, was out of town on business and I had my youngest son in tow. Asher is pretty...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Extension offers help for gardeners

By the time this article hits the Thursday edition, the first fall frost probably hit the Durango area. It is close to that typical time when temperatures usually dip below 32 degrees - near the...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Horse lover's delight will be coming to La Plata County

If you're into horses and cowboys, La Plata County is the place to be. The Rocky Mountain Horse Expo will take place Friday through Sunday in Ignacio.As they wrote on their Web site, "You told us...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Getting picky eaters to be healthy

Are you raising a picky eater? For a child, this is a normal part of development, though it can become difficult behavior when allowed to persist (even into adulthood).Numerous studies have been...

DATE: Sept. 10, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Livestock-judging program useful for kids on many levels

With school getting back in session, I thought it would be useful to give all of the readers an educational lesson.No, it isn't anything like using statistical analysis to forecast the first freeze...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

2009 La Plata County Fair was smoothest in memory

The La Plata County Fair is now over. A total of 55 4-H General, Natural Resources and Home Economic projects are in Pueblo for the Colorado State Fair and are being judged today.Before going on, I...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Cooking class helped families look at, treat food differently

Monday night marked the first graduation ceremony of Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline (OFL) Side By Side program in La Plata County.Side By Side is a four-week nutrition and cooking...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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