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

Plant bulbs this fall to light up your garden in the spring

The autumnal tease is here. A couple nights of frost, the changing colors and the snow up high on the mountain tops signal the changing of the guard. We all scramble to get the wood chopped and...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Bethany Quimby rises to the top at Colorado State Fair

The 2016-17 La Plata County 4-H year is coming to a close. 4-H members had a successful local county fair, and many members participated in the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, which wrapped up on...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Skip the vitamins, focus on nutrient-dense foods

This is the time of year when we are overwhelmed with a wonderful variety of fresh produce. It is easy to fulfill the recommendation of 2½ cups daily of any combination of fruits and vegetables....

DATE: Sept. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Green chile season is here, but they aren’t the hottest peppers

There are times during the year when your senses get the best of you: the sight of the first snow, the sound of coyotes while camping or the taste of fruit picked right from the tree. On a recent...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County Fair brings out the best in our community

It’s time for the La Plata County Fair! A time to hear kids laugh, watch them focus during their time in front of a fair judge and hear the pride in their voices when they talk about their...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

My Grandpa’s garden put baseball in the dugout

As a kid, my memories of a backyard garden are somewhat vague, and honestly, none too pleasant. For me, summer was meant for baseball. Every day in June and July, the script was already written:...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H members to highlight a year of work at La Plata County Fair

The 2017 La Plata County Fair is fast approaching, and this year’s theme is “A Living Legacy.” 4-H members throughout the county have been working hard all year for this event. Members will enter...

DATE: July 13, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

College students must plan carefully when taking out a loan

This is the time of year students, parents and grandparents are excited as students prepare to “emancipate” to college. There is so much to figure out: what to pack, campus safety, class schedules,...

DATE: July 5, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Hot and dry, June is tough on our lawns

Just like I predicted: June was hot and dry. Fans and window air-conditioning units were turned on before we wanted to. Upstairs bedrooms were too hot to sleep in. The Animas River seemed...

DATE: June 30, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Acclaimed plant experts to share wisdom at Four Corners Horticulture Conference

On June 9 and 10, something amazing is going to happen here in Durango. No, it has nothing to do with the end of road construction, the opening of another hotel or the start of some...

DATE: June 1, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Food in its natural state provides the nutrition we need

It’s definitely hard to put a nutrition label on that strawberry – for reasons beyond its compact size. A single cup of strawberries can provide 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of...

DATE: May 31, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Scholarship winners exemplify 4-H values, commitment

Each year, La Plata County 4-H is pleased to announce four $500 dollar scholarships to enrolled members who are looking to go on to higher educational institutes in the fall. We are proud to...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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