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Angela Fountain
Position: Staff reporter

4-H members connect with others across the country

4-H had humble beginnings in 1902 in rural Ohio to teach youths farming and homemaking skills. It has since grown to be the largest youth development organization in the United S...

We’re all in this together, but our perspectives vary

I’m sure you’ve read it somewhere, on a social media post, scrawled across the street in chalk or, if nowhere else, in this very column: We are all in this together. It’s an inte...

How to prevent winter damage to your conifers, evergreens

These winds are getting to me, and I don’t even live on Florida Mesa. They pick up in the afternoon, grabbing dust, dirt and pollen, and deposit them directly into my eyes and no...

In this time of uncertainty, reach out to loved ones

A new job always has a learning curve and unexpected challenges, but I thought I was prepared. After all, I have worked in the La Plata County Extension Office for nine years, and in my yout...

Much has changed, but safe produce washing has not

I don't imagine this place of social isolation, accompanied by major life disruptions is exactly what we envisioned spring would bring. But alas, here we are. Rather than packing...

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” – an...

Does your environment support your health?

Isn’t it ironic how easily resolutions dissolve, in spite of our persistent desire to be healthy? In as little as two months, well-intended habits have collapsed into a pile of ex...

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...

Three couples share what’s behind a successful relationship

Many people come in and out of our life, fulfilling various roles, at various times. Parting ways comes with acceptance of change or heartbreak with loss. Yet, not all relationships end. ...

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 k...

How five simple words can change your day

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting Vincent. Aside from his name, I know nothing more than the fact that with five simple words he made my day and inspired this column. ...

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 w...