Coconino Master Gardener Association

Fall Harvest a photo from Debi Stalvey.

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!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Preserving the Harvest Documents

This is a post from our last meeting on October 12th from Cindy Krznarich. It includes information from her talk - recipes and resources. Each link has printable pages.
Link 1
Your Essential Well Being
Link 2
Fermented Vegetable Recipes
Link 3
Local Resources
Contact Cindy at cindy@youressentialwellbeing.com 928-255-1698 for any questions.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


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

 6:30pm – 6:40pm             Welcome – Sherline Alexander
         Discussion of CMGA election
         Fundraising committee opening
         Committee signup for Spring educational classes and for Fall 2018 conference

6:40pm – 6:45pm             Introduction of Speaker – Gilli Thomas

6:45pm – 7:45pm             Education: Cindy Krznarich on “Preserving your Harvest”

7:45pm – 8:00pm             15 minute break (refreshments)

8:00pm – 8:25pm             Business Meeting – Sherline Alexander               

         MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
         Financial report – Sue Madden for Molly Larsen
         Committee Reports:
                   Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
                   Fundraising – Cindy Krznarich
                   Continuing Education – Gilli Thomas
                         December:  CMGA Holiday Party
                   MG Projects – Jackee Alston
                   Historian – Tammy Valdovino

8:25pm – 8:30pm             Gardening Questions?

Next meeting: November 9:  Steve Alston – “From Seed to Loaf:  The Science of Natural Bread Baking”

Friday, October 6, 2017

Volunteering - Friends of the Verde River Greenway

Pollinators are pillars of native ecosystems and they are in decline.  Friends of Verde River Greenway is designing, planting and maintaining several pollinator gardens in the Verde Valley. We will be hosting volunteer weeding/planting days at Shield Ranch, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. 

Click here to RSVP!

Meet at Shield Ranch. From Camp Verde, head east on Highway 260 (about 5 miles from I-17) then take a R on Sierra Verde Rd. That road winds around to become Sierra Land and then Pearce Lane. Look for a sign for Shills Crossing, make a left and you come to West Clear Creek-cross over the creek and look for signs. 

Bring a lunch, water, sun hat, close-toed shoes and clothes that are comfortable to work in. We will provide tools, snacks and interesting facts about pollinators!

Native Grass Planting Project at Rezzonico Park

Friday, October 13, 2017  
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

The Friends of Verde River Greenway, with support from the Nature Conservancy (TNC), will be planting a native grass demonstration field to increase public interest in landscaping with drought tolerant native plants to increase water conservation efforts. We are partnering with the Town of Camp Verde at Rezzonico Park (across from the public library) to grow a half-acre of wild-collected native grasses to showcase the production of drought tolerant native grasses for the public. The proposed half-acre grass field will be comprised of wild-collected native grasses from the area, including blue gramma, cane bluestem, sand dropseed, giant sacaton, and bull grass. These grasses will increase wildlife habitat, including food for birds, nesting habitat for pollinators, reduce bare ground, and beautify Rezzonico Park with native plants.

Click here to RSVP


Meet at Rezzonico Park (next to the Camp Verde Library 130 Black Bridge Loop Rd, Camp Verde). Bring a lunch, water, sun hat, close-toed shoes and clothes that are comfortable to work in. We will provide refill water, snacks, tools and supplies, and fun facts about native grass.

Community Kayak Day with the Clarkdale Kayak Company and One for the Verde

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Clarkdale, AZ

Two Guided Trips: 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

This special day will support One for the Verde. Take a float on the Verde River for the special 1/2 price rate of $40.00. Experience the beauty of the Verde River up close with experiences guides. 

Space is limited so call: 800 478-4711, to book your spot today!

Lunch with the Tamarisk Coalition

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Cottonwood Recreation Center

Join us for a complementary lunch and learn about efforts to restore crucial habitat across rivers across the Colorado River Basin as well as efforts here in the Verde Watershed. Space is limited, so please click here to RSVP today!

Red Flat Meadow Restoration & Erosion Control Project

Saturday, October 21, 2017 
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

With our partner the National Forest Foundation, volunteers will with help implement the final stage of the erosion control work by moving down vegetation to gullies to catch and hold sediment. This simple technique will go a long way to protect the Verde River and downstream water supply. 

For more information visit: https://nff.wildapricot.org/event-2654004

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Master Gardener Recognition Picnic

 

Master Gardener Recognition Picnic

  • Host:
    Hattie Braun
  • 928-774-1868
  • Sunday, October 1 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Viola's Flower Garden 610 Arizona 89A Flagstaff, AZ

    Preceding the picnic there is a walk:

    Pre-Picnic Native Plant Walk at Griffin Springs

    • Host:
      Susan Holiday & Melissa Amberson
    • Sunday, October 1 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Griffith Springs Trail Head 89A 2 miles south of Fort Tuthill
       
      Contact Hattie Braun at the extension office for more info.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

AZ Native Plant Society - Flagstaff Chapter



Monthly Meetings
Third Tuesdays at 7pm

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church


 September 19: "The Ancient, the Ugly, and the Nearly Invisible" Dr. Paul Minnis 
The long history of the complex relationships between people and plants in U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico is more than fascinating; it also can be useful! Plant remains recovered from archaeological sites help piece together this story, despite the fact that the remains are often exceptionally small and sometimes seem just plain ugly. Dr. Paul Minnis, Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, University of Oklahoma. Paul Minnis' research focuses on archaeology, prehistoric ethnobotany, cultural ecology and sociocultural evolution, and the prehistoric biodiversity of the southwest US and northern Mexico. 

October 17: "The Plant Communities of Springs" Lawrence E. Stevens, Ph.D.
Larry Stevens is an evolutionary ecologist and the Coordinator of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Springs Stewardship Institute, which is dedicated to improving understanding and stewardship of springs ecosystems. He also serves MNA as the Curator of Ecology, and is the Senior Ecologist for Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, a conservation organization in Flagstaff. He is a long-time Colorado River whitewater guide, and served as Ecologist for Grand Canyon National Park (1988-1994). He has conducted extensive research on southwestern biogeography, conservation ecology, endangered and non-native species biology, as well as springs, riverine, wetlands, and dam ecology and management. 

Saturday, October 21: Larry Stevens will lead a field trip to Montezuma Well, to explore the great contrasts between vegetation types as we move from springs, to riparian, and then into xeric ecosystems.
To carpool, meet at the OneAZ Credit Union at the corner of Beaver and Butler at 8:30 am. Bring the usual sun protection, water, and your lunch.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Seed to Table

Our Seed to Table program is back and looks to be better than ever!

AmeriCorps member Emily Melhorn has been working on recipes, Derek Bowerman is back to assist, Rebekah Glassy is our extern for the summer, and Brian Moody is on hand to make sure we take care of the Bus Stop Garden. Liz George and Lynn Schiek have helped with the planning and planting. Loren and Joyce Cunningham will join us in August for more salsa making and tasting. Trish and I are just sitting back and relaxing!

The first Seed to Table is Tuesday, June 13th from 5-7pm at the Coconino County Extension (2304 North Third Street). 
We’ll cover growing greens, composting, kale smoothie tasting, washing of greens and a micro-perforated bags demo.

June 27: Radishes and Onions and Rainwater Harvesting
July 11: Pesto and Herbs and Growing Herbs and Produce in Containers
July 25: Green Beans, Soil Amendments and Planting for Fall Crops

I’ve attached the flyer for the 1st four classes.

The final four dates are:
August 8: Cucumbers
August 15: Berries
August 22: Tomatoes and tomatillos
September 26: Harvest Party!

Hattie

Hattie Braun
County Director/Horticulture, Coconino County
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004
Phone: 928-773-6118
FAX: 928-774-1860

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

LEAF Conference on Edible AZ Trees

Please join us September 22 - 24 for a lively conference highlighting how to bring edible trees to Arizona's urban areas – edible trees are those that produce fruits, seeds, nuts and pods that suit people's tastes.

The LEAF Network is partnering with the Tucson City of Gastronomy to present information for public, private and NGO planners (Friday) and community members (Saturday), and to provide tours of edible tree sites (Sunday). We are holding the conference at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 West River Road.

We are providing free tables for nonprofit, school and government organizations in the lobby to display information. We also have sponsorship and tabling opportunities for businesses. If you would like to reserve a table, please contact me, ann.audrey.1@gmail.com

For more information, go to leafnetworkaz.org
Please forward this message widely to all who might be interested.

I hope you can join us!

Ann Audrey, LEAF Network

Sunday, August 20, 2017

New Volunteer Opportunity


Friends of Willow Bend Gardens
Volunteer Plan
August - September, 2017

Please join us in preparing the gardens for this year's programs at the Willow Bend
Environmental Education Center, 703 E. Sawmill Road.

Contact
Kathleen Satterfield: k.satterfield@yahoo.com
If you’re interested but unavailable on these dates, email Kathleen and she’ll keep you posted
on future opportunities.
Schedule: 9 am - 12 noon (day's work is finished and area is cleaned up by noon).

Dates
August 28 Monday
September 1 Friday
September 5 Tuesday
September 7 Thursday
September 11 Monday
September 13 Wednesday
September 15 Friday
September 18 Monday
September 19 Tuesday
Gloves and tools are provided, or bring your favorite tools if you’d like.

Tasks
Pollinator Garden: finish south section - groom and plant
Arch Garden: remove stone chips, weed, tidy up
East Slope (below fence): weed
Meadow Garden: weed and re-seed; keep moist
Entrance Garden: pull and snip Woods' rose and locust, remove any weeds
Peripheral areas: pull and snip invasive ramets, weed
Between garden perimeters and flagstones: weed and/or apply weed cloth
Move cold-frame somewhere out of sight

A post from Susan Lamb Bean

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens



Thanks to Colleen Tucker and Jennifer Quarterman for another successful Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens. Money raised from this project will help support CMGA Garden Grants for 2018.

I was able to tour 6 of the 7 gardens and with only a few drops of rain. They were all very beautiful and yet different in size and focus. We had a wonderful selection of plants and styles, from the more formal Japanese "strolling garden" at the Babbit house on Leroux to the Farm Your Front Yard at Julie McDonald's home. Below are some photos of the gardens, in addition to the one opening this blog.

Ben Bethel and Uri Morales residents at the Babbit House.
Back of house with pathway to a seating area.
Detail of pathway includes many patches of thyme.

Tina Ayres and Randy Scott
Greenhouse and water collection in front of the home

Raised vegetable beds in back.

Rock garden for shade and sun.
 I will add some more photos next week.



Volunteer Opportunity

Friends of Willow Bend Gardens
Help restore the gardens at Willow Bend! Tasks include weeding, pulling and snipping willow suckers, removing shrubs, and clearing away rocks and debris.
Gloves and tools are provided, or bring your favorite tools if you’d like. Our first volunteer day will be July 25, 7:30-10:30 am. Contact Kathleen Satterfield: k.satterfield@yahoo.com
If you’re interested but unavailable on this date, email Kathleen and she’ll keep you posted on future opportunities.

2017 Master Gardener Class

Location

Flagstaff Family Resource Center
4000 E. Cumming St.
Flagstaff AZ
Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2017 Coconino County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training Course. This course is part of a nation-wide certification program that provides horticulture training to volunteers for the purpose of enabling them to help their communities through horticulture education. This course is designed for those who are interested in learning more about high elevation gardening and who are willing to share this knowledge with others. Participants will learn the keys to successful gardening in high elevation environments. The course covers basic botany, soils, plant propagation, plant problem diagnosis, insect management, pruning, fruit tree care, vegetable gardening, Xeriscape, irrigation, ornamental plants, composting, and urban forestry. Class runs for 15 weeks.
Date: 
08/29/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
09/05/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
09/12/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
09/19/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
09/26/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
10/03/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
10/10/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
10/17/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
10/24/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
10/31/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
11/07/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
11/14/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
11/21/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
11/28/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
12/05/2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Cost: $215
Registration Required: Yes
Instructor / Presenter: Hattie Braun
Offers CEUs: No

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Heirloom Seed Expo



Heriloom-Expo-The National Heirloom Expo features three full days of nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers that include Vandana Shiva, Ronnie Cummins, Jeffrey Smith, Robert Kennedy, Jr., along with many more.  More than 4000 varieties of local produce will by displayed.  Purchase gardening supplies, seeds, sustainable living goods, and so much more from 300 vendors.  The exhibit hall will be home to more than 150 heirloom related exhibits.
  

Follow this posting for further details - http://theheirloomexpo.com/

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Volunteer Opportunity

Request for Master Gardener Volunteers from Laura Davis

The Michael Moore Medicinal Plant Garden needs two or three volunteers to help move the plants from the Olivia White Hospice Home (OWHH) garden to its new home at the Willow Bend Environmental Center (WB).

-          the project will be ongoing throughout the summer
-          we will need to amend the soil at Willow Bend
-          do some design work
-          help with native medicinal plant guide for garden
-          move plants from OWHH to WB
-          plant new plants grown out at the NAU greenhouse
-          tidy up the gardens space at OWHH
-          may involve some native plant propagation, seed collection

Please email laura_s_davis@q.com if you are interested.

Friday, July 14, 2017

LEAF (Linking Edible Arizona Forests)



A new site has been added to Pages  on this blog under References & Resources. It provides the site for the organization LEAF (Linking Edible Arizona Forests). https://leafnetworkaz.org/. The site offers educational information about what trees are seen in AZ, where (what altitude), and how much water is required in addition to detailed planting info. Check it out!


HOW TO USE THE EDIBLE TREE GUIDE AT THE WEBSITE​
The LEAF Network’s Growing Edible Arizona Forests, An Illustrated Guide, helps you LEARN, CHOOSE, PLANT, CARE for, and HARVEST edible trees. We use the term edible trees to describe trees that produce fruits, nuts, seeds and pods that suit human tastes. Trees in people’s yards, communities, orchards and open spaces create Arizona’s Edible Forests. ​
You can download the entire Edible Tree Guide or go to sections of the Guide at this website to see more explanations, photos, illustrations, and resources to help you get started enjoying edible trees. At the top of each Guide section is a link that allows you to print that section. ​

Friday, June 30, 2017

Celtic Festival

If you are looking for volunteer hours there is an on line sign up with Vicky Neary to work in the Plant and Geology tent. Working in the tent will allow you free entrance.



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Prescott Garden Tour

Garden Tour in Prescott
Presented by The Native Garden
What: Self-guided driving tour of 5 local garde
When: Saturday, July 8th 8:00AM –4:00PM
Where: Prescott, AZ (maps available day of the tour)
Tickets: $10.00, cash only
Purchase tickets at The Native Garden,
602 S. Montezuma St. Prescott, AZ

These gardens feature native/drought tolerant plants. Some also have vegetable gardens or fruit orchards and some have
a mixture of all of the above.

Garden owners will be in the gardens to answer questions. Get ideas for your own garden or just enjoy the day outdoors in the gardens.


Proceeds from the tour will be donated to The Hungry Kids Project. Ask for a brochure when you come to purchase your ticket.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Gardening Class at the SSLUG Garden

SSlug Banner Upward Bound
We are offering a one unit course June 23-25 at SSLUG Garden.   It is called Want to Grow a Better World:  Agrarian Skills for Positive Change.  We will review basic botanical and horticultural skills and knowledge and envision the many ways to use these skills to make positive changes our community and environment, while reinforcing knowledge with hands on projects in the garden and nearby sites at NAU.

I will be teaching.  Class is SUS 599 (Graduate level) and is suitable for anyone in the community. It is also offered as a workshop for $150. Times are Fri. 3-6pm, and Sat. & Sun. from 9am-4pm.


Jan Busco (jan.busco@gmail.com). 

Plant and Garden Sale

Volunteers are needed on June 24 to help with setup, vendors, the Master Gardener Table, and children’s activities.

We will collect garden related items to sell for the CMGA on June 23. You can drop items off at the extension office on the 23rd. Please do not drop them off earlier as we don’t have storage. We are looking for gently used garden books, tools, pots, and plants. Please – no irrigation equipment, fertilizers, pesticides, or items that are in bad shape. We need help to price items.

Several local growers, non-profits (including the CMGA) and businesses will be selling perennials, vegetable plants, herbs, houseplants, seeds, pots, books, bird feeders, garden tools, garden decor/art and more!
*Free Admission and Parking
*Master Gardener Education Table
*Kids' activities
*Proceeds to benefit the CMGA and local non-profits

For more information please contact:
Laura Davis at laura_s_davis@q.com or Judy Springer at 928-699-1027 or judyspringer@hotmail.com

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CMGA Agenda


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, May 11 – 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 – Gilli Thomas
6:45pm – 7:45pm     Education: Richard Hofstetter on “How to Attract Beneficial Insects
                                      and Deter Unwanted Insects in Your Garden”
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
     MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
     Financial report – Molly Larsen
     Committee Reports:
     Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
     Fundraising – Cindy Krznarich
     Continuing Education – Gilli Thomas
     ·       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: June 8:  Judy Springer – Unique and Unusual Herbs to Grow at High Elevation