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

How to prune your fruit trees this winter

The short days and long nights leave many of us in Southwest Colorado yearning for something: more powder and more turns, a long-lasting snowpack to fill our rivers this spring and summer or the...

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

4-H teaches young people the skills of citizenship

Citizenship is a major component to the 4-H Youth Development program. We understand that good citizenship doesn’t just happen. Therefore, we actively teach and develop skills for youths to become...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

In dark of winter, I’m dreaming about seasons, possibilities ahead

Author and philosopher Albert Camus once wrote: “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Because Camus was a philosopher, I can only assume that...

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

From the Extension Office It’s that time of the year again to take measure of your radon levels

January is National Radon Action Month, when all residents – both renters and owners – are urged to test their home for radon. It is recommended that homes be screened every five years. If a...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Lego competition builds teamwork, creativity

Earlier this month, La Plata County 4-H entered a team into the First Lego League Four Corners qualifier. First Lego League is an international competition that promotes STEM education through...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

From the Extension Office Holidays aren’t the time to let your guard down

Whew. We have made it through Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But most of us aren’t finished shopping or joining friends and family. Thieves are out there just waiting for us to make one mistake. We...

DATE: Dec. 4, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Wrap your new tree to protect it from winter temperature swings

In Southwest Colorado, our coldest months are fast approaching. Allow me to remind you: In December 2015, we had 11 nights that registered below zero at the airport; January had 14 nights that...

DATE: Nov. 30, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Adult-youth partnerships drive success of 4-H

It’s time to be thankful. As your 4-H Extension agent, I couldn’t be more thankful for all the youths and adults in our program. The partnerships between adults and young people are the...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

For growers, it was a glorious year in Southwest Colorado

Come November, I traditionally write the “end of the year” or “season in review” column. I lament on the dry winter, the cold spring, the brutally hot summer and even the sneaky end-of-the-season...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

La Plata County 4-H expands outreach with STEM program

To succeed in the 21st-century workforce, young people will need skills in science, technology, engineering and math. They will also need life skills in public speaking, leadership and community...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Ideal conditions make for spectacular fall foliage

If you can figure out how to maneuver through the national political scene that has infected my Facebook page, you can see that almost every one of my local “friends” has taken a photo of the fall...

DATE: Oct. 5, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Starting early can help you get your picky eater to eat healthy

Picky eating can be a major obstacle for a parent, especially when it comes to getting your child to eat healthy. However, childhood is when lifelong patterns are formed, so it is crucial to help...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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