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

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

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

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