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

Taking a look at sugar in the diet

High fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, certainly has been given a lot of attention recently (Environmental Nutrition, November 2008). The increase in obesity coinciding with HFCS in the diet has made...

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

Spring's coming: Chores to do and not to do

So we thought that summer was just around the corner.Weeks of balmy temperatures led to a plethora of white legs sticking out of shorts, flies being cast on the Animas, and open windows and doors,...

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

4-H horse project gets jump-start

What does the advent of spring weather and school vacations bring to La Plata County? For some of us, it signals the start of 4-H horse program activities.One of the unique features of the La Plata...

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

For your health, nuts aren't so crazy

Nuts - every day? Research shows one small handful a day can actually result in health gains. Diets that include 1 to 1.5 ounces of nuts (not salted or honey glazed) daily are more satisfying,...

DATE: March 26, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Cold greets participants at Market Beef Weigh-in

It never fails. I guess we're fortunate the weather forecasts were off Saturday because we didn't get the snow that was predicted, but we did get the overcast skies and cold westerly winds.Those...

DATE: March 12, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Healthy diet idea: Modified Mediterranean

Because this is still American Heart Month, instead of feeling guilty for less desirable choices, consider adopting lifestyle changes to improve your health. Pounds come off with portion control,...

DATE: Feb. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Local weeds conferences to address management

Long ago, when I was a wee-young 20-something going to college, I was frequently asked, why horticulture? In fact, many people didn't even ask "why" but "what" is horticulture. Inevitably, there...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Follow these steps to help save seeds for reharvesting

For those of you who may not remember my last article, I discussed seeds - primarily those of vegetables and flowers - in all their glory. Oh, and by the way, why are you forgetting my articles?We...

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

A good time to evaluate spending

A new year - clean slate, as you will.This is the time for keeping resolutions and goals. A new program I offer equates several of the actions for weight loss to establishing a financial cushion...

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

Serving as 4-H agent helped develop assets in youths

A number of interested adults last month attended a two-day "Infusing Assets" training session sponsored by the La Plata County Children, Youth and Family coalition highlighting the 40...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2009 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Summer is a seed catalog away

Ah yes, the middle of winter - the time at which writing an article about horticulture is always a challenge. Nurseries are all but closed, the ground is frozen, and even those wonderful Christmas...

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

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