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Angela Fountain
Position: La Plata County Extension Office
Nicole Clark
Position: La Plata County Extension Office
Darrin Parmenter
Position: La Plata County Extension Office

Exchange program connects 4-H members across the country

Our La Plata County 4-H Interstate Exchange Program recently returned from an adventure-filled week visiting Wyoming County 4-H in Pennsylvania. The 4-H Interstate Exchange Program is a two-...

Preserve your peaches for a taste of summer all year

Every June, there is a window of opportunity. The price of cherries dips while the quality peaks. In this one month, it’s easy to eat a year’s worth of cherries. So easy, I often do. But ala...

Get the most from the rain when it falls

It really is quite amazing. Toward the middle of last month, I was proactively writing this article about the severe drought conditions we were facing. And while it is amazing that I was act...

Busy June for 4-H features fundraiser for Ukraine

June has been a busy and fun month for our 4-H members. We have had at least one event happening every day this month. Last week, our 4-H members participated in our Adventure Day Camp. Thir...

In one bowl, you can create a complete, delicious meal

To load your bowl, start with fresh greens. There are many varieties, so you can experiment with different types. They each have their own unique taste, so initially, learn their flavor by t...

Like elements of soil, we are all interconnected

If you ever want to wander – and then tumble and roll – into a rabbit hole of internet intricacies, search for “soil food web.” You will get the token Wikipedia description, some research-b...

In a thriving community, humans make connections

Many years ago, I spent some time traveling alone. Alone is an interesting place to be. When experienced by choice, with the option of deciding when you’ve had enough, it can provide valuab...

Don’t let the Western cherry fruit fly ruin a sweet treat

It is often said in my house that “the only thing better than owning a boat is having a friend who owns a boat.” Well, really, I am the only one who says that. The kids don’t. They love the...

4-H member organizes garage sale to benefit Ukraine

It’s time for spring cleaning and our awesome 4-H member, McKenzie Albright, had a wonderful idea to help you with your spring cleaning and help the residents of Ukraine by hosting a communi...

Riding the Iron Horse? It’s time to train your metabolism

The countdown has begun for those of you training for the 50th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. You have seven weeks before you pedal your little heart out, ascending and descending two m...

Pollinators are stretching their wings – and they’re hungry

Spring has technically sprung – back on March 20. And here in Southwest Colorado, I’m never fully sure of what that entails. Do we get treated with some warm, windless days (ones that I can...

4-H members develop many skills through animal projects

Spring is in the air, which means we, at La Plata County 4-H, are gearing up for our spring and summer activities. This month, our members have and will participate in a variety of education...