Darrin Parmenter

Position: Director and horticulture agent

Email: parmenterdm@co.laplata.co.us

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

Angela Fountain

Angela Fountain

People, projects, learning define the 4-H experience

4-H is the largest youth organization in the world, and it is no wonder when you have the opportunity to experience it for yourself. 4-H provides members the opportunity to grow and learn skills...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

This holiday season, give the gifts that keep on giving

Are you at a loss for ideas of gifts to give this holiday season? Remember that gifts can take shape in many forms. And the greatest gifts come from the heart. Sometimes, a meaningful gift is...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Hey, neighbors: We will be cooking holiday meals for you

If you’ve read my articles over the years, you probably have a good sense of my upbringing. My grandpa, my dad, my sister and I were either born in Durango or nearby (my grandpa was born in Pagosa...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H County Council, clubs elect new officers for year ahead

The month of November is a wonderful time to reflect on things we have to be thankful for. This year, I am so thankful for our La Plata County 4-H members, volunteers and parents and all they do to...

DATE: Nov. 20, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Celebrate Thanksgiving with a simple meal full of tradition

Normally, meal planning is a strategy to make life easier, save money and choose healthier food. Love it or hate it, there are a handful of meals a year that even the most resistant will plan...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Our many programs educate, serve county’s residents in crucial ways

In 1914, the U.S. Congress formalized what is now called “Extension” through the Smith-Lever Act. It established the U.S. Department of Agriculture partnership with land-grant universities...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H launches new year with many opportunities ahead

October is exciting as it kicks off our new 4-H year! We are working hard on planning new virtual and in-person events for our 4-H members and community members. In November, we will be hosting a...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

How an apple seed sprouts joy in the kitchen and out

It starts with a little love and caring. One small apple seed, water, sun and time. A minimalist formula, but it covers the basics of pomology. Fortunately, this isn’t a column about growing...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Pandemic dashes Apple Days, but fruit, cider abundant

Who would have guessed that in a year when the area hit the jackpot in terms of fruit tree production, we couldn’t celebrate it like we have in the past? 2020 has been defined by the “pivot.”...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Challenging 4-H year ends with much to celebrate

September wraps up our 2019-20 4-H year, and I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was quite the memorable year! We had a lot of ups and downs, but we made it through together. I would...

DATE: Sept. 18, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

If you plan to can, use a trusted and tested recipe

I’ll venture to guess there are some newbies to food preservation this year. It would be tough to argue the pandemic did not bring a heightened awareness to our reliance on large-scale food...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Tips to ripen those finicky tomatoes as autumn approaches

An email came across my desk this past week, and it pretty much exemplified 2020: “The NOAA Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a moderate to high risk of much-below normal temperatures on...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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