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

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

La Plata County 4-H members succeed at Colorado State Fair

Local 4-H members did a fantastic job representing La Plata County at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. This event is such a great learning experience. We had members entered in a variety of...

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

From the Extension Office A few basics can help you get the most from your food preservation

Cool weather seems to have slowed produce production a bit for some of us. With the rains though, there seem to be bumper crops in gardens, farmers markets and grocery stores that encourage digging...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

In apple overload? Programs help you share the bounty

Apples. This year, we are expecting a lot of them. Apple pie, apple crisp and apple cobbler. Sauce, butter and cider, all made with apples. Caramel apples, dried apple rings and the kid’s...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Are you second-guessing your gardening goals?

Second-guessing. We all do it. Some of you may have done it as you rose from bed, or when you were deciding what to have for breakfast, or even just now, as you started reading this column. As...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

From the extension office Ripe or not?

After enjoying the season’s first corn on the cob for supper, I had to go to get more. The variety of produce available now is at its best price and quality. Trying to meet the recommended intake...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H members to star at the La Plata County Fair

The La Plata County Fair kicks off this weekend with pre-fair events. On Saturday, the public can attend the 4-H Horse Show and the open class American Rabbit Breeders Association show. These will...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H members preparing for fair

The 4-H community is getting all excited for the 2016 La Plata County Fair. The fair will be held next month and open to the public from Aug. 10-14. The fairgrounds located at 25th Street and...

DATE: July 20, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Durango Botanical Society earns the coveted Golden Shovel Award

I like awards. And trophies. Even the occasional plaque or certificate can bring a smile to my face. When I was in second grade, I got a first-place Pee Wee Championship Wrestling trophy, and...

DATE: July 6, 2016 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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