Darrin Parmenter

Position: Director and horticulture agent

Email: [email protected]

About: Darrin Parmenter is director and horticulture agent of the La Plata County Extension Office.

Victory gardens nourished bodies and souls in uncertain times

My Grandpa Parmenter was an auto parts salesman who had a pen collection like no other. He must have traded other salesmen – “I’ll give you a Big A Automotive for a Michelin” – and I think he must...

DATE: April 6, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

A garden journal will help your harvest

I like the idea of writing with a pen or pencil. I actually lament that cursive isn’t as prevalent in the elementary school curriculum as it was when I was a kid. For those of you in my age bracket...

DATE: March 9, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Tips to successfully start your own plants this year

Many of you out there consider New Year’s Day the first day of the year. However, there are others who consider it the start of the next gardening season. Don’t believe me? You know you are a...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

The river changes course again – and that’s OK

I grew accustomed to my office dynamic. Not much turnover among a strong team of educators, advocates and facilitators. I liked it that way. We didn’t feel stagnant – felt like the current was...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2020 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Climate change a threat to Durango’s community forest

I had the pleasure this past week of attending a daylong workshop about climate change and how it could potentially affect Durango’s community forest. I have to say, the organizing groups –...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Your path to become a master gardener

Durango is flush with opportunities to volunteer. With hundreds of nonprofits, fundraisers, charity functions and the like, it’s amazing that some of those volunteers can find the time to perform...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

October events to celebrate the end of the growing season

I like the month of September. I really liked this last one – ridiculous heat early in the month broke with gray clouds, rainstorms that wake you up in the middle of the night and mornings wishing...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Find a cool location to store your garden’s bounty

I gave a talk recently called “You Grew it. Now What?” that seemed to bring out the frustrations in gardeners. And mind you, I didn’t title it “I Grew It” because my tomatoes, my divas of the...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Hop on your bike and enjoy a tour of local farms

I am constantly amazed by the quality and skill of the young bike riders that are continually pumping out of the Durango area. Just this past week, we had two teens win their respective classes as...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

A wet, cool year isn’t all good news for gardens

If you’ve read my articles over the years, you may have noticed that our climate and/or environment tend to be pretty common topics. But really, as gardeners, or farmers, or landowners, so much of...

DATE: July 8, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

Raise your garden beds to get plants growing

I’ve been stuck in a predicament. All this moisture is such a godsend after months of dryness in 2017 and 2018, and when you live (and try to grow things) in a high elevation desert that typically...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

How to select a tree for your landscape

Last spring, I wrote about wanting to wait to see how my property fared after four distinct seasons. Now, I feel like I have a better understanding of how water (or snow) moves (or doesn’t move),...

DATE: May 6, 2019 | COLUMN: From the Extension Office

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