Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Cindy Murray
Photo of winter in Flagstaff in the Timberline neighborhood.
Welcome to the Coconino County Master Gardeners' Association Blog. The mission of the Coconino Master Gardener Program is to support the University of Arizona by providing researched-based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the public.
The program creates a corps of well-informed volunteers, and delivers quality horticultural education programs adapted to our regional high elevation environment. The mission of the association is to provide support for those volunteers and Master Gardener graduates, continuing education, and opportunities to participate in community programs that increase the visibility and participation in the Master Gardener Program.
On this site you will find gardening news, links, a calendar for local events, volunteer opportunities, book reviews, agenda/minutes for our association monthly meetings, and association documents and contacts.
The Coconino County Master Gardener Association was founded in 2009 by a small group of master gardeners with the help of Hattie Braun the Director of the MG Program. After several small meetings it was opened to all master gardeners on May 21st, 2009. Meetings are held monthly on the 2rd Thursday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. We meet at the Viola's Flower Garden (610 S. 89A (site of the old Jackson's Grill)). The agenda usually includes continuing education and a short business meeting. Watch this blog for the agenda and minutes for all meetings. Contacts for the association (officers and committee chairs) are listed at the bottom of this blog.

Reporting Master Gardener Hours

All master gardener trainees and certified master gardeners need to report their hours.
Beginning in 2010 certified master gardeners need to have 6 Education hours and 12 Volunteer hours in order to maintain certification.The on line reporting system allows you to report Education or Volunteer hours.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new reporting system, please contact Crys Wells or Hattie Braun. Their contacts are listed at the bottom of the blog under
Contacts.
Link to reporting

Ideas for hours------
--Attend monthly meetings
--Work on an association committee
--Work at an informational booth for the Master Gardeners
--Be a speaker about gardening topics at a variety of venues

--Host a garden tour
--Work at the home show
--Work at a MG site (Olivia White Hospice, the Arboretum, Riordan Mansion, or school gardens (many others)). Check out the Assoc. Doc. & Forms under Volunteer Sites.
--Work in the Extension office
--Write an article for the newspaper column -Gardening Excetera
-Volunteer with the Seed Library
Be creative! There are many ways to fulfill your hours. Just remember for volunteering it needs to be a non-profit endeavor or an approved for profit site.

Change in Contact Information

Have you moved or changed your e-mail address, but would still like to be contacted about high elevation gardening information from the Extension? The Coconino County Extension Master Gardener Program has a site that will let you change your information on-line.

Click here to change your contact information!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Firewise Landscaping Contest

Once again, there will be a FIREWISE LANDSCAPING CONTEST

The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership and the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network
are hosting a FireWise Landscaping Contest. Join us and prepare your home for wildfire season while creating a beautiful FireWise landscape.
A TOTAL OF $1000 IN PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE TOP CONTESTANTS

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MAY 12, 2017JUDGING BEGINS MAY 15, 2017
The reception will be May23.
For more information and ideas on how to make your property FireWise,


Hattie Braun
County Director/Horticulture, Coconino County
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004
FAX: 928-774-1860

Monday, March 27, 2017

Fruit Trees for Flagstaff/Apple Grafting

Happy Spring!

In the spirit of Johnny Appleseed, I am on a mission create more tiny orchards in Flagstaff backyards, community gardens and schoolyards. I have been frustrated over the years trying to find locally adapted apple varieties that are known to thrive in our high desert climate. I am teamed up with TerraBIRDS and collected scion apple wood from established Flagstaff “rock star” trees this winter. Now we will be hosting a hands on workshop for Master Gardeners and others to graft them onto semi dwarfing rootstock. The project is a partnership between TerraBIRDS and A Wild Farmer Consulting. The goal is to graft apple 150 trees, so we have work to do! The Ponderosa High Greenhouse and Environmental science class will care for the trees at the school nursery. In spring 2018, we will plant grafted trees in Flagstaff community and school gardens with TerraBirds. We will sell the remaining trees to the public at the Flagstaff Farmer’s Market to benefit the Ponderosa High school gardening program and help cover the cost of materials and care. By participating in this workshop you will learn all about apple trees and help us make more trees available to our community.

Apple grafting workshop details:
When: Saturday, April 1
Where: Ponderosa High School 2384 N Steves Blvd, #B
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: Free
Bring: Grafting knife if you have one or a very sharp knife.

Please email Kate Watters @ agavemariadesign@gmail.com if you would like to participate or have any questions.

Kate Watters
Planting words, like seeds, under rock and fallen logs--letting language take root, once again, in the earthen silence of shadow and bone and leaf. 
~ David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Into Seed Starting

Tuesday, April 11 at 6 PM - 8 PM
Coconino County Extension
2304 N. 3rd St., Flagstaff, AZ 86004
 
Come for a free talk on seed starting. There will be hands-on learning opportunities plus an introduction to the seed library and how to use it. Bring your questions and enthusiasm for gardening!










Seed - the film

Flagstaff Community Film Night featuring: Seed
 Monday, April 10, 630pm-930-pm
Orpheum Theater 
 
Don’t miss the award-winning SEED: The Untold Story in
Flagstaff on Monday, April 10th at the Orpheum Theatre!

In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds,
farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a
culture connected to seeds.

This exciting evening will also include a feature short film produced by STAR School elementary students, tabling by local food organizations and student groups, and an amazing group of panelists. Panelists will discuss how seed saving, biopiracy, and GMOs affect our local community. Doors open at 5:30 with programming beginning at 6:15.

$1 for each ticket will be donated to the local non-profit organization Flagstaff Foodlink:

www.flagstafffoodlink.com

SEED comes from the filmmakers behind Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? and the Real Dirt on Farmer John. The film features Dr. Jane Goodall, Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke, and Andrew Kimbrell.

Sponsors of the event include:
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff Foodlink
Grand Canyon Trust
Museum of Northern Arizona


Flagstaff community Seed Swap

MARCH 24 -4-7pm
Flagstaff Community Seed Swap
Join Flagstaff Foodlink, Coconino County Cooperative Extension, Northern Arizona University SSLUG Garden, Flagstaff Sustainability Program, and the Grow Flagstaff Seed Library at the Coconino County Cooperative Extension office for a community seed swap.

Seeds are a great way to share our local food heritage.

How to participate:
- Bring seeds if you have them (veggies, herbs, flowers, Arizona natives)
- Provide information on seed variety, year collected, location grown, tips from your personal experience.
- Bring envelopes in which to package seeds to take home and a pen to label your seeds.

New to gardening? No seeds to exchange? No problem. Everyone will leave with new seeds in their pocket.

After swapping seeds at the seed exchange, you can visit and signup for the Grow Flagstaff Seed Library located at the extension office.


Coconino County Cooperateve Extension
2304 N. 3rd St., Flagstaff, AZ 86004




Arizona Milkweeds for Monarchs project

This just came in for the Arizona Milkweeds for Monarchs project. They are looking for volunteers again this year. Hattie

Dear Coconino Master Gardeners:

Hello fellow gardeners! Spring is here and our greenhouse is overflowing with milkweeds. As many of you know, a small all-volunteer group formed the AZ Milkweeds for Monarchs project. Please check out our web site: www.azmilkweedsformonarchs.org.

For the second year, we are looking for some volunteers to test the suitability of growing 6-10 species of milkweeds at various locations in central and northern Arizona. We provide milkweed plants free of charge for gardeners willing to grow milkweeds and collect data on their performance twice during the 2017 growing season. Go to our website for details and complete the application process. We expect to have plants at the appropriate planting time depending on your location.

Cheers! Emelia, Emily, Rich and Mike
AZ Milkweeds for Monarchs


Hattie Braun
County Director/Horticulture, Coconino County
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004
FAX: 928-774-1860

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Plant Conservation Alliance

From the local chapter of the Native Plant Society:
Hello PCA Cooperators,
  
We are trying something new - a monthly newsletter to keep you informed about what's going on at the PCA. Let us know what you think!

 The National Native Seed Conference was a great success! It was held in Washington DC from February 13-16th, and had nearly 350 participants from 41 states and 11 countries. Attendees included seed producers, land managers,researchers, and agency employees. Highlights included the introduction of the "Botany Bill" (see more below) on Valentine's Day, excellent presentations (including on plant blindness – now posted on our website), formation of tasks forces to implement the Native Seed Strategy, and an evening reception at the US Botanic Garden. We look forward to future conferences!
   
On March 8th we heard an excellent presentation from Dr. Jennifer M. Cruse-Sanders, Director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia as part of the bi-monthly PCA meeting. She included success stories of collaborations to conserve plants, including reintroducing Rhus michauxii in Virginia. The next meeting will be May 10, 2017 from 2-4pm EST.
  
 Support for the "Botany Bill" (H.R. 1054) is building! We are looking for co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. You can now use at the AIBS Legislative Action Center to contact your representative about the billhere. We are also gathering endorsers! The over 60 endorsing organizations currently include Georgia Native Plant Society, the New England Wild Flower Society, and BFI Native Seeds. If your organization would like to endorse the bill, please email us. And thanks to the many of you who have already endorsed the bill! Get more information on the bill, and regular updates, on the NFCC website.

  Finally, we are making a list of conferences and local events where the PCA could increase the visibility of the National Seed Strategy. If your organization sponsors conferences, or usually attends local conferences, please email us to let us know what they are!

 Thanks for all the work you do for native plant conservation,


   - Evelyn Williams, Andrea Kramer, and Kay Havens at the Chicago Botanic Garden, which chairs the PCA Non-Federal Cooperators Committee
Chicago Botanic Garden | 1000 Lake Cook RoadGlencoe, IL 60022

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, March 09, 2017 – 6:30pm
Viola’s Flower Garden
7085 S. State Route 89A

6:30pm – 6:40pm     Welcome – Sherline Alexander
6:40pm – 6:45pm     Introduction of Speaker – Sherline Alexander
6:45pm – 7:35pm     Education: Tom Weinert:  Soil Texture and the Winter Greenhouse
15 minute break (refreshments)
7:45pm – 8:00pm     Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
8:00pm – 8:25pm     Business Meeting – Sherline Alexander
     Financial report – Molly Larsen
     Committee Reports:
     Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
     Fundraising – Cindy Krznarich or Sherline Alexander
     Continuing Education – Gilli Thomas
          May – Richard Hofstetter – Insects in Your Garden
          June – Judy Springer – Unique and Unusual Herbs to Grow at High Elevation
          July – Stephen Scott, Terroir Seeds – Using Cover Crops Including Raised Beds    
          August – Cindy Krznarich – Preserving Your Harvest
     MG Projects – Jackee Alston
     Historian – Tammy Valdovino
     Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm     Gardening Questions?      
Next meeting:           April 13:  Ward Davis on ‘Water and Your Vegetable Garden’
Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (coconinomgassociation.blogspot.com)


Friday, March 3, 2017

Arboretum at Flagstaff Happenings!


Winter Workshops! 

Willow Bend and the Arboretum have partnered for a 3-part Winter Workshop series to keep you learning and growing through the winter season! Join us at the Willow Bend Environmental Education Center for interactive, educational workshops with the staff from the Arboretum. Save the dates and sign up on the Willow Bend website. Free for Arboretum Members!

Saturday, March 25th 10am-12pm  Pruning with Christi Sorrell 
 
Group Garden Days!

Help staff prepare gardens & plants for spring. Join us starting in March in the greenhouse and gardens from 10am-2pm each of the following days: 3/10, 3/14,
3/15,3/16 and 3/31.
We'll supply tools and direction, please bring layers, a hat, water bottle and lunch. Meet at the blue-roofed
Hort Greenhouse.
 Join us Saturdays in 
April on 4/8 and 4/22 from 10-2.

Contact Shannon for more info or to rsvp.
shannon.benjamin@thearb.org

Friday, February 24, 2017

Spring Into Gardening Conference - Prescott

😞 Sorry this conference is full
Coconino Master Gardeners –

Here is the long-awaited information for the March 25th  Spring into Gardening - Master Gardener Education Day.

This is for active Master Gardeners only. This means that you need to have entered some volunteer hours within the last year.

Unlike a Garden Conference with vendors, welcome bags, door prizes, etc. this is a no-frills day of continuing education.  In order to keep the fee reasonable ($12 fee covers lunch), we ask that you do the following.
  • Wear your MG nametag
  • Print the agenda and any info you want to have with you
  • Bring your own morning coffee/hot drink – water, snacks, and lunch will be provided

The attached Registration file includes instructions, the agenda, and the registration form.  There is a limitation on the number of participants for the different talks/activities.  The positions will be filled on a “first come, first served” basis.  Notice that your registration includes your lunch selection and the talks/activities you wish to participate in.  In response to feedback from previous Garden Conferences, you will notice that some sessions are repeated.

Registrations are due by March 1st.

The attached files include:
  • Registration (Instructions, the day’s agenda, and registration form)
  • Mar25thAbstracts (Descriptions of each talk/activity)
  • Bios (Information on the presenters)
You will receive an e-mail confirmation after your registration is received (including check or credit card payment).  If you do not receive the confirmation with about 5 days of mailing, contact Mary Barnes, barnesm@email.arizona.edu

Registrants will receive a map, parking instructions, etc. closer to the event date.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Native Plant Society Meeting and Volunteering at Deaver Herbarium

"Flagstaff Area Milkweeds" by Zack Zdinak. 
 
Naturalist and illustrator Zackery Zdinak propagates Asclepias sp. in his native plant garden, and makes specimens available for research. Zack has devoted his life to the love of wildlife and nature, catching frogs and snakes in Connecticut as a child, and later as a peripatetic Wildlife Biologist, Fire Fighter and Interpreter with US Fish & Wildlife, National Forest and National Park Services in Utah and Arizona. In 1998, Zack founded Life Drawing & Education, providing products and services for environmental education, interpretation, and science inquiry programs. He has designed, illustrated and managed interpretive media projects for parks, campgrounds, arboreta, public schools, and non-profit clients in several states. 

Tuesday, March 21, 7 PM at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Pearson Building on the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Research Campus, across from the main campus off HWY 180. Easy to find!  Easy to park! 

Also, Do not forget, plant mounting at the Deaver Herbarium, the first and third Thursday of the month, 1:30 pm, 3rd floor of the Biology Building at NAU.  This month will be March 2nd and 16th.  If you have any questions, contact gkluwin2@gmail.com or vera.markgraf86@gmail.com. Come and enjoy the company of other plant enthusiasts!

Native Plant Worshop - Keep Sedona Beautiful

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I just received notice from KSB about their annual Native Plant Workshop. I have attended several times and found the workshop inexpensive and useful. This year Bill McDorman from the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance is one of the keynotes. If you haven't heard him he is a great speaker and this year will talk about invasive plants. Check it out if you are interested.
It is that time of year when it is time to register for the Native Plant Workshop!  You have attended the Workshop in the past, so we wanted to be sure that you would have first choice of the six workshops being offered (the walkabout has a limit of 15 so everyone can see and hear and the others are maxed out at 30 attendees per session).
Here is the link:  http://keepsedonabeautiful.org/our-programs/native-plant-workshop.html
And feel free to pass this information on to anyone else that you think would be interesting in this educational experience. 

All the best,
Nancy Spinelli
Native Plant Workshop Chair
Keep Sedona Beautiful

Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc., acting through the stewardship of its members and volunteers,

is committed to protect and sustain the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Picture Canyon Volunteering

Good afternoon!
My name is Erin O’Keefe, I am the Open Space Aide working with Betsy Emery in the City of Flagstaff Open Space Program. This year, I will be assisting with coordinating volunteer events throughout the summer at Picture Canyon. Since you all are very knowledgeable about invasive plants and very dedicated to conservation at Picture Canyon, I wanted to touch bases and get some input about best days and times for scheduling volunteer efforts throughout the summer. Would you prefer mornings to afternoons for weed-pulling events? Also, do weekdays work better (perhaps Fridays) or are weekends preferred? We will be advertising these volunteer events with the public and are hoping to organizer the monthly pulls between April and September, depending on the conditions on the ground.

So far, we have set one volunteer event for Picture Canyon in celebration of Arbor Day. We recently met with another Picture Canyon steward with the Northern Arizona Audubon Society and decided on hosting an event on Saturday, April 29th from 9am-12pm at Picture Canyon. We are envisioning a two in one effort where we are able to have some volunteers pull fencing from the riparian area near the pond while other volunteers remove invasive weeds in the same area (and hopefully are able to remove the Scotch thistles that survived last year). Please let us know if you are available on this day and are interested, or know of others who may be interested in participating. Feel free to share this information with anyone else that might be interested in volunteering.

We are excited to begin our volunteer planning for the summer! Thank you for all the continued support. I look forward to meeting each of you in person in the near future. Have a great rest of your week.
Thanks,

Erin O’Keefe | Open Space Aide VISTA
City of Flagstaff Sustainability Program


Friday, February 10, 2017

Weed Management

News from the Native Plant Society
Dear colleagues, I know that this may not be accurate but I often find that native plant enthusiasts are also concerned about exotic weed invasions.  I have been working with some colleagues to develop a survey of weed priorities for natural areas but I need to improve circulation and participation. Feel free to complete the survey yourself but can you help me circulate this survey among land managers and weed control folks in Arizona? This survey has been developed for Arizona specifically with the goal of getting broader input into the prioritization of weeds and which should be targets of biological control.

Please circulate the following link to stakeholders in Arizona who are responsible for weed management or have knowledge/experience of weed impacts first-hand (e.g. county-level weed managers, land management agencies, individual landholders, weed ecologists). All surveys should be completed by 22-Feb-2017. The survey is designed to short as well as enable each person to forward the link on to others as well. Here is the link:


Thanks, Paul.

Dr. Paul Pratt, Ph.D.
Research Leader
Exotic and Invasive Weeds Research Unit
USDA/ARS/WRRC
800 Buchanan Street, Office 3008, Lab 2136
Albany, CA  94710
Office: (510) 559-6127
Cell: (510) 332-7679

Friday, February 3, 2017

International Master Gardener Conference

The International Master Gardener Conference (IMGC) is happening this year in Portland, Oregon July 10-14. To be at a conference with over 1,000 Master Gardeners is an experience not to be missed. I’m forwarding an e-mail with lots of information but if you don’t want to read all that click on this link 2017 International Master Gardener Conference. The conference will feature 5 days of talks, tours, movies and more. So if you summer travels include a visit to the northwest, think about signing up. Early registration ends Jan. 13. I’ll be there!

Hattie

The deadline for the early registration discount ($50) for the 2017 IMGC is nearing.  The last day for early registration is January 13th.

More than 45 classes will be given in concurrent sessions, according to Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist for Extension and coordinator of the speakers. Classes embrace a broad range of topics, including garden design, edibles, bee health, disease and pest management, pruning, soils and history.
Three keynote speakers are on the agenda – Dan Hinkley, plant explorer and former owner of Heronswood Nursery; Renee Shepherd, founder and owner of Renee’s Garden; and John Marzluff, professor of environmental and forest sciences at the University of Washington.
Other well-known presenters are Lee Reich, horticulturist and author; Sean Hogan, owner of Cistus Nursery in Sauvie Island; Lucy Hardiman, Portland garden designer and author; Ramesh Sagili, assistant professor and bee expert at OSU; and Thomas Rainer, landscape architect, teacher and author.
A garden-themed movie festival, trade show and 16 full- or half-day tours are also planned.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, February 09, 2017 – 6:30pm
Viola’s Flower Garden
7085 S. State Route 89A

6:30pm – 6:45pm     Welcome – Sherline Alexander, president
6:45pm – 6:50pm     Introduction of Speaker – Hattie Braun
6:50pm – 7:45pm     Education:  Fruit Trees:  Pruning, Care and Selection - Mick Henry & Hattie Braun
7:45pm – 8:00pm     Refreshments and Raffle Prize Drawing
8:00pm – 8:25pm     Business Meeting – Sherline Alexander
     MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
     Financial report – Molly Larsen
     Committee Reports:
          Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
          FundraisingCindy Krznarich
          Continuing Education – Gilli Thomas
          MG Projects – Jackee Alston
          Historian – Tammy Valdovino
          Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm     Gardening Questions?      

Next meeting:           March 9:  Tom Weinert on soil building and organic gardening

Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (coconinomgassociation.blogspot.com)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Deaver Herbarium Mounting Sessions

 Native Plant Lovers,
February 2 and 16, there will be plant mounting sessions on the third floor of the Biology Building at
 NAU in the Deaver Herbarium.  The session starts at 1:30. The sessions will continue on the 
first and third Thursdays of the month at 1:30pm. Come and enjoy the company of people who enjoy botany!
Contact emails are: gkluwin2@gmail.com or vera.markgraf86@gmail.com



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Thursday, January 12, 2017

CMGA 2017 Garden Grants

It's time to think about gardening projects again! 
We're happy to announce that we've moved our grant cycle deadline to January 31st instead of May 31st and that we've allocated $5,000 for grants! 

Please see the attached flyer about the grant program and application. Or read the information cut and pasted below, if you have trouble with the attachments.

Email Jackee Alston @ cocogardenprojects@gmail.com with any questions.
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Call for Grant Applications 
The Coconino County Master Gardner Association is currently accepting applications for the 2017 gardening season. Submit your application by  January 31st, 2017 Applications can be found at LINK
 Or contact Jackee Alston @ cocogardenprojects@gmail.com or (928) 814-2280 to have an electronic copy sent to you. 
Qualifying projects should: 1. Fill a need or give value to the community and/or CMGA. 2. Have some educational component for gardeners on the project. 
Notification of funding will be announced early February and checks mailed out shortly after. 

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Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, January 12, 2017 – 6:30pm
Viola’s Flower Garden
7085 S. State Route 89A

6:30pm – 6:45pm     Welcome – Sherline Alexander, president
          Outgoing president’s 2016 report – Jim Mast
6:45pm – 6:50pm     Introduction of Speaker – Gilli Thomas
6:50pm – 7:45pm     Education:  Presentations from 2016 grant recipients
7:45pm – 8:00pm     Refreshments and Raffle Prize Drawing
8:00pm – 8:25pm     Business Meeting – Sherline Alexandar
     MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
     Financial report – Molly Larsen
     Committee Reports:
          Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
          FundraisingCindy Krznarich
          Continuing Education – Gilli Thomas
          MG Projects – Jackee Alston
          Historian – Tammy Valdovino
          Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
8:25pm – 8:30pm     Gardening Questions?      

Next meeting:           February 9:  Mick Henry and Hattie Braun – Care and Fun of Fruit Trees
Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (coconinomgassociation.blogspot.com)

Summer Agricultlural Institute


Summer Agricultural Institute (SAI)
SAI is a five-day, traveling tour designed to teach K-12 teachers about food and fiber production and help them incorporate that knowledge in the classroom curriculum. SAI combines hands-on learning about agriculture with practical curriculum development.

SAI provides participants with free classroom materials that are aligned to Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards. Participants will visit a variety of agricultural operations, spend an entire day at the University of Arizona's research farm, visit schools with active agriculture education programs, and spend an afternoon with a modern-day farming or ranching family.

The 27th SAI will be held Monday, June 5 thru Friday, June 9, 2017. We will begin in the Phoenix area and travel north to the cool-aired regions of Yavapai and Coconino Counties visiting agricultural industries along the way.

There is no cost to apply for SAI, but you must be accepted to participate. Apply by March 1 and only pay $85, if you are accepted. Apply after March 1 and pay $125. Accepted applicants will need to provide payment by May 25.

What have teachers said about SAI?
  • "An educationally jam-packed week!"
  • "Volumes of information - I'm glad it was fast paced."
  • "Tiring, but very educational!"
  • "Amazing, fast-paced, and informative."
  • "Long, but very intensive about learning how agriculture works."
  • "Packed with interesting info, extremely valuable, exhausting, not to be missed!"
Visit http://cals.arizona.edu/agliteracy/SAI to find more information, such as answers to frequently asked questions, quotes from past participants, resources provided over the years, and a list of tours from the past 25+ years.

Be sure to visit our newly created Details webpage. There you’ll see a timeline of events for applying and when to expect what - if you are accepted to participate.

Contact Brandon Moak (BMoak@cals.arizona.edu) with any questions.

~  Please allow at least 24hrs for email responses. I apologize for the delay.  ~
Brandon Moak, LPC
Program Coordinator, Sr.
Agriculture Literacy Program