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PlayCleanGo: Why it is important in Archuleta County

By Ethan Proud SUN Columnist PlayCleanGo Awareness Week takes place June 1-8 across North America. The goal of the campaign is to show outdoor enthusiasts how they can stop invasive…

Buying trees for your landscape

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is warning consumers to be wary of trees, shrubs, perennial plants and turf grass sod that is included for “free” with the cost of…

Noxious weed of the month: leafy spurge

By Ethan Proud SUN Columnist Leafy spurge is undoubtedly a pretty plant, but is hiding sinister traits that allow it to spread quickly in just a few seasons. Three chambered,…

Help keep honeybees safe with DriftWatch

By Lisa Jensen SUN Columnist Honeybees: Did you know that a honeybee flies 10 to 15 trips each day and makes 1,600 round trips in order to produce 1 ounce…

Building and maintaining a healthy soil

If your soil isn’t healthy, your plants won’t be, either. Soil health can be defined as its continued capacity to sustain plants, animals and humans. A healthy soil supplies plants…

Noxious weed of the month: downy brome

By Ethan Proud SUN Columnist Cheatgrass is the common colloquial name for downy brome in Archuleta County, though the phrase can be referring to several brome species known for their…

The Archuleta County Noxious Weeds Ordinance and what it means for local landowners

By Ethan Proud SUN Columnist With the passage of the Archuleta County Noxious Weeds Ordinance, there is new light shed on an old issue in Archuleta County. With an influx…

Get started on pollinator habitat

Just like us, pollinators need two main things in order to survive: food (floral resources) and shelter (nesting materials and habitat). Pollinators (like bees, butterflies, birds, bats, etc.) have a…

All Things Potato Workshop set for April 8

An All Things Potato Workshop will take place on April 8 at 10 a.m. at the CSU Extension office. Research horticulturalist David Holm from the San Luis Valley Research Center…

Funding available for agricultural energy projects

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) are seeking applicants for agricultural energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The total amount available for assistance in…

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