Darrin Parmenter

Position: Director and horticulture agent

Email: [email protected]

Darrin Parmenter

Position: Director and horticulture agent

Email: [email protected]

Greg Felsen

Email: [email protected]

Nicole Clark

Position: Family and consumer science agent

Email: [email protected]

Angela Fountain

Angela Fountain

Get your gardening game plan together and dig in

For many gardeners, like myself, springtime is that opportunity to rub some sleep out of our eyes, sharpen our tools, do a couple of stretches on a mat calling it yoga and start getting our hands...

DATE: May 3, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

As spring arrives, 4-H members dive into learning new skills

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. It is so magical and gives a promise of new life and new beginnings. I feel it more this year than in years past; maybe it’s because I have been...

DATE: April 15, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

An explanation for that feeling of insatiable hunger

When was the last time you asked yourself what drives your appetite? Never, that’s my guess. It’s just an automatic response we take for granted. For most, the transition from satiety to hunger...

DATE: April 8, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Livestock weigh-in sets course toward La Plata County Fair

Last weekend, we had our Market Beef Weigh-in at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, where 31 4-H and FFA members brought their animals to get tagged, tattooed and weighed. In total, we weighed in 41...

DATE: March 18, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The chef and dietitian: Make the best of both worlds

A chef and a dietitian walk into a bar ... From the beginning of our relationship, which just so happened to start while working in a bar, Sean and I have always found a common interest in food....

DATE: March 11, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Time to sow: How to get your seeds growing indoors

I hope many of you heeded my call last month to start buying your seeds. I ended up finding some of the varieties of vegetables I like to grow through online seed vendors; I bought some from the...

DATE: March 8, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H Pledge provides inspiration to live by high standards

Before every 4-H meeting and event, we start by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and our 4-H Pledge. This past week, I was asked to meet with one of our local 4-H clubs and discuss the meaning of...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

A long walk inspires plans for a week of meals

According to my calculations, over the past 11 months, we’ve prepared about 980 meals at home. Three meals a day, every day. If I could tally the countless requests for snacks, I would. However, I...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Get a jump on your garden: Start your seeds indoors

Home gardeners: Order your seeds. Now. Or, better yet, go visit your local nurseries, see what they have in terms of variety selection and fill in any gaps with your favorite seed company online....

DATE: Feb. 7, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

4-H members reach out to elderly residents, others in need

Coretta Scott King said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” One of the integral parts of the 4-H program is giving back to our...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Three simple principles to guide your food choices

Make every bite count. This is the call to action from the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2020-25). Catchy, and practical, this messaging is intended to encourage Americans to prioritize...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Poinsettias can be saved, if you put the work in

As you are reading this, Beth may be taking down the Christmas tree. She is no Scrooge, by any means. Our house has been full of lights and fir boughs, and our mantle is scattered with little...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2021 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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Wendy Rice

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