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

On neighborhood walks, I watch spring unfold

This past month, I have become pretty intimate with my neighborhood on the southside of Durango. After going through back surgery in early April, my primary means of exercise has been my own two...

DATE: May 4, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

For healthy food, seek out natural, simple ingredients

The choices we make about “healthy” foods to put in our cupboards rest with each of us, not on Food and Drug Administration. Yes, companies find ways to label food to make us think it is healthy....

DATE: April 27, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H partnerships help connect kids to community

Youth engagement is vital to overall community health. Programs that seek the input of young people benefit by being able to better plan and organize their services. Organizations with positive...

DATE: April 16, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Choose the right tree to fit into a smaller, urban lot

Last month, I wrote about ample space in the landscape, a luxury (or detriment depending on your interests) that many of us wish we had. I had some suggestions for large trees that could work if...

DATE: April 3, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Don’t allow ‘dirty,’ ‘clean’ produce lists to lead you astray

I know spring has arrived, not only because yellow flowers are popping up but because the annual “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Dozen” lists have been presented. This is a report by the Environmental...

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

4-H members weigh in steers, participate in ag expo

The warm and sunny days have felt nice lately. It’s a great time of year to hear the birds chirping and feel spring in the air. The winter moisture that so many farmers and ranchers depend on has...

DATE: March 16, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Like it or not, preparing for the worst makes good sense

Not to be morbid, but here is your reminder: You are going to die. Some of us sooner than later; some quickly; some young and some old. But it is going to happen, guaranteed. Have you and your...

DATE: March 3, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

These majestic trees provide shade for large spaces

If I ever have questions about ornamental plant selection, I’m not afraid to ask others for their opinions. I’m a vegetable kind of guy, and the edibles tend to be in my horticultural wheelhouse....

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

Women need to be more aware about their heart health

Stroke? Heart attack? I know … not you. Well, step into this other circle while you read this. The concern about women and heart disease is magnified because we deny or aren’t as aware as we need...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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

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