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

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

La Plata County Fair holds opportunities, farewells

Ah, Fair Week. The time of year when the fairgrounds and Extension Office are overrun with volunteers, kids, vendors and the occasional casserole dish to share.Yes, there will be a carnival here...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

When it comes to food, you alone make the choices

I recently had the opportunity to view a very graphic, interesting movie now showing in one of our local theaters. The movie, "Food, Inc.," was thought-provoking, but you should stay with facts and...

DATE: July 30, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County Fair sneaking up

No matter how much effort goes into planning of the La Plata County Fair, it always is upon us way too fast.All this week, the Extension Office staff will be taking in 4-H livestock record books...

DATE: July 23, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Good luck getting a jump on this scourge

I've gotta be honest - my vegetable garden is struggling this year. And I am afraid it might be karma.To those of you who can remember, back in March I mentioned that if gardeners were feeling...

DATE: July 16, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Keep close eye on calorie count when using children's menus

Now that summer is here, it is much easier and more enjoyable to garner that 2½- 4 cups of fruits and vegetables to know that we are taking good care of our bodies. Good for us.But have you noticed...

DATE: July 9, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H horse season has arrived

The first 4-H Horse Show of the season took place at the La Plata County Fairgrounds on June 20, under the guidance of Jill O'Rand.Champion overall in the Senior Western and English Division was...

DATE: July 2, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Durango Farmers Market adds Wednesday evening

I can honestly admit that I love the social aspect of the Durango Farmers Market. And I am not alone.I am confident that there are those who get to the First National Bank parking lot at 9 a.m. and...

DATE: June 25, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Sharing meals makes strong families

Last week I sat down to dinner with my husband and our 1½-year-old daughter and enjoyed a meal. With how important food is to my family, you would think we did this more often, but with our busy...

DATE: June 11, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Pennsylvania 4-H'ers to come to Durango

Many people are not aware that not only is 4-H involved in local youth development activities but also in both interstate and international programs.In July, 13 4-H'ers from Montgomery County...

DATE: June 4, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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