Coconino Master Gardener Association

Photo from cleaning Melanie Lembke’s yard as a winner of the Fall CMGA Clean-up Raffle. From right to left Susan Holiday, Bea Cooley, John Holmes, Molly Larsen, Hattie Braun, Lyle Holiday, and Julie Holmes working hard. Master Gardener program director Hattie Braun consultant in the foreground.
Photos by Dallas Larsen.
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 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, located at 1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, 86001. 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 the Sunday/Wed. markets this year
--Be a speaker for the speakers bureau
--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 Etcetera
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, October 28, 2014

From the Daily Sun October 12

Contest winners' yard looks great

To the editor:
We were one of the lucky winners of the Coconino Master Gardener Association's Fall Yard Clean-up Raffle. On Oct. 4, six Master Gardeners descended upon our home and worked for three hours; and they worked hard. Our front and back yards look fantastic. We'd like to thank the Coconino Master Gardener Association for the fantastic drawing and for the fantastic clean-up of our yard. Specific thanks go to Michele Lytle, John Mead, Cheryl Boardman, Ed Skiba, Shirline Alexander, and Sherry Markel.
DANA and CAROLE MANDINO
Flagstaff

Monday, October 27, 2014

Highlands Garden Conference 2014


Highlands Garden Conference
Prescott, AZ
October 24-25, 2014

This past weekend I attended the annual Highlands Garden Conference. It began on Friday with tours of a variety of venues in the area. My tour was of Watson Woods Riparian Preserve which is funded by Prescott Creeks Members.  The 126 acre site has been under restoration for the last 25 years. We toured the site and observed many trees and shrubs, some which will be removed, such as tamarask and an abundance of Siberian elm, and many that others that added to the beauty and preservation of the site (3 species of cottonwood, several willows, AZ walnut, velvet ash, box elder, hackberry, and 3 leaf sumac). With good rain over the last 2 years and work on restoration Granite Creek flows through the property now. Many of the wildlife have returned with restoration. Seen on the tour were hairy woodpeckers and flickers are known to inhabit the area. It was late in the season for vegetation, but several native grasses were observed (deer grass, side oats gramma) and milkweed, yarrow, datura, and some asters. This is a long term project for this non-profit organization and a great place to visit. Admission is free. Check it out on their web site.

The highlight of the conference was the keynote speaker, Jeff Gillman, PhD. He has a masters in entomology, and a PhD in horticulture from the University of Georgia. He is a well known author of 5 books on gardening and the environment, and has been a professional researcher and educator for almost 20 years. His talks were both interesting and filled with new ideas for master gardeners. The first was on "The Truth About Organic Gardening". As it becomes more popular, gardeners need to take a critical look at techniques to determine whether they are as safe and effective as we would like them to be. My take from his talk was that some of the so called natural ingredients are not really safe for us or our pets. If it says organic on the label check out the ingredients, especially if they are listed as inert. He also gave a wonderful history of the development of organics. Check out his books on Amazon.

In the afternoon lecture he spent time talking about "The Truth About Garden Remedies". Some of his research in particular on Jerry Baker's home remedies was particularly useful and humorous.  One piece of advice that wasn't particularly welcome to me, was that the best weed control is doing the work by hand - oh well, it's good exercise. He also had some advise on the current trend in adding mycorrhizas to our soil. He felt that first we need to do a soil test to see what we have, and that one product does not fit the needs of all gardens, each one being unique, so we may be wasting money.

Flagstaff Foodlink - UA Downtown Lecture Series/Live Streamed in Flagstaff

For all those interested in growing and eating local foods for diversity and health.
I'm happy to announce that Rendezvous Coffee House has generously offered to stream the UA's Downtown Lecture Series which is focused on FOOD this year.

LIVE streaming will be taking place every Wednesday starting on October 15 and will go through November 12 at 6:30pm at Rendezvous Coffee House at 100 South San Francisco St. in Downtown Flagstaff.

Here is the schedule of the 5 lectures:


WE EAT WHAT WE ARE
October 29, 2014
Maribel Alvarez, UA Professor of Anthropology and Program Director of Tucson Meet Yourself

 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

October 2014 meeting minutes


Master Gardener Meeting Minutes 10/9/14, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1601 N. San Francisco
Introduction of speaker Ed Skiba
Continuing Education Dr. Kristen Potter Bees and Other Pollinators.  Kristen is an insect physiologist who studies how insects interact with their local environments and how they cope with environmental stress.  She completed a BS in Neurobiology from Cornell University, a PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona, and a postdoc at University of Montana.  She arrived in beautiful Flagstaff about 2 years ago and now works at NAU where she splits her time between research and educational activities.
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
Highland Conference –the conference is October 25.  Brochures are available at the information table.
Refreshments provided by Laura Parker and Jackee Alston
Business Meeting – Ed Skiba filling in for Hunter Kemmet
 Nominating Committee – Crys Wells
Committee: Hattie Braun, Debi Stalvey, Gillian Thomas, Sue Madden.  Loni wasn't actually on the committee but laid some groundwork for us before we formed the committee; thank you Loni.   Loni had already talked to Jim Mast, he accepted the nomination for president next year.  Ed Skiba accepted nomination for V.P.  Sherline accepted the nomination for secretary. Sue Madden accepted nomination for Treasurer.  Approved by exec committee; Announcement will be made in this month’s business meeting.  Take nominations from the floor in November.  Elections will be held in November.  October nominations should go on the blog after the monthly meeting.
Standing Committees – Ed Skiba
Think about volunteering for one of the committees.  The new CMGA president will appoint the committee chairs.  The sign-up sheet is available at the information table.  It would be nice to have at least two people on each committee.
        Continuing education
Committee shall be responsible for arranging and organizing educational enrichment programs for the CMGA meetings (contacting speakers, advising secretary with presentation title, AV needs, and addresses for thank you contacts).
        Volunteer Support
Committee shall track volunteer hours and update contact information as needed.
The committee shall be in charge of social and recognition events for the association (Annual MG /December Party).
        Community Support
Committee shall be responsible for developing, coordinating and maintaining a list of Master Gardener members who are willing to speak to Community groups, and determine qualifications.
The chair will coordinate support for the Community Markets during the gardening season.
The chair will coordinate an annual representation at the Home & Garden Show.
        Master Gardener Projects
The committee shall provide guidelines (updated yearly) for requesting MG support for community project. These will be posted on the blog for everyone wanting to apply.
The committee will maintain an updated list of community projects suitable for MG trainees and others to complete their volunteer hours.
The committee will review applications and send to the Master Gardener Program Coordinator for final approval.
        Special Projects
Home Show, Highland Conference
Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
Current bank account balance $4667.49.  Just reimbursed Debi Stalvey $500 with another nearly $500 due for calendars, new aprons paid for $111.00.
                                                MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
        Designated Campus Colleague program
        It is a process, but doable.  Driver’s license piece puts your name on the list.
        Fund Raising
        Garden Clean-up raffle final report – Molly Larson
Saturday, October 4, was a perfectly beautiful day for the Master Gardener’s Association’s yard clean-up for the two raffle winners.  The yard of Carole Mandino was serviced by Sherline Alexander, John Mead, Michele Lytle, Cheryl Bridgman, Sherry Markel,  and Ed Skiba.  They removed small trees, trimmed overgrown junipers, rejuvenated the iris bed, and weeded.  Melanie Lembke’s yard had Bea Cooley, Susan Holiday and her son Lyle, Julie Holmes and her husband John, Molly Larsen and Leslie Pennick working hard.  They removed dead vegetables, pruned multiple perennial beds, removed small trees and suckers, and did general clean up.  County agent Hattie Braun spent time at both yards working and giving advice.  Dallas Larsen took photos at each place.  Sue Martin Caskey and Hunter Kemmett provided manure for the two winners.  A pizza and salad lunch was provided for the hungry volunteers after their three hour job.  Many thanks go to the volunteers who worked the yards, all the people who sold tickets for the raffle as well as the community supporting the association with their ticket purchase.  Over $2000 was raised for the 2015 grants. Molly Larson
Aprons – Loni Shapiro
First 25 were sold, purchased the next 25 aprons and Sherry Markel has them for embroidery.
Calendars – Debi Stalvey
Will be available for our next meeting.  All photos will be returned very soon.
Continuing Education – Ed Skiba
Working with Joe Costion for next meeting.  Joe is 90% committed.  He is waiting to find out the date of his trip to Guatemala.
Soil Secrets product feeds microorganisms in the soil making it readily available to the plant.
Any requests for talks?
House Plants, Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Michelle Lydal cooking demo.
Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
This Sunday need one more volunteer.  Would like to beef-up the information box.
MG Projects/Blog - Loni Shapiro
Not available for report.
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
41 people reported a total of 603.25 volunteer hours and 47.5 education hours
YTD totals are 2944 volunteer and 464.5 education hours
Gardening Questions?       
Q.  Anyone mulch leaves? 
A.  Dry them out, stomp on them or put them in a barrel and use your weed whacker to break them up.
Next meeting:                     Thursday, November 13, 2014
Joe Costion presenting Economical Greenhouse Construction (not confirmed)

 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Seed Saving - Gardens for Humanity

Saving Seeds – Preserving our Food Heritage

October 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Saving Seeds – Preserving the Biodiversity of our Food Heritage

Saving seeds in one’s garden is an inexpensive way to perpetuate beloved vegetables and flowers and adapt them to your particular garden environment. Join us to learn about how to save your favorite seeds and about seeds saved by the Hopi since the time of their ancestors. Native seeds and self-saved seeds are particularly well adapted to the harsh growing conditions of Arizona.
Part I – Seed saving basics – Richard Sidy, Gardens for Humanity
Why save seeds?
What types of seeds can the home gardener save?
How to save seeds — Easiest seeds to hardest;
When plants “naturalize” – the wild garden.
Part II – Preserving Native Seeds – Kayo Parsons-Korn, Friends of the Well
Goals of the traditional use garden at Montezuma Well;
The heritage of indigenous agriculture the Verde Valley;
Saving Native Seeds once grown in the Verde Valley
Free to anyone in the community, donations are welcome.
Sponsor - Gardens for Humanity
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2-4pm
Pro Build, 2385 AZ 89A, Sedona
928-284-9055

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall Yard Clean-up Raffle Event

Saturday, October 4, was a perfectly beautiful day for the Master Gardener’s Association’s yard clean-up for the two raffle winners.  The yard of Carole Mandino was serviced by Sherline Alexander, John Mead, Michele Lytle, Cheryl Bridgman, Sherry Markel,  and Ed Skiba.  They removed small trees, trimmed overgrown junipers, rejuvenated the iris bed, and weeded.  Melanie Lembke’s yard had Bea Cooley, Susan Holiday and her son Lyle, Julie Holmes and her husband John, Molly Larsen and Leslie Pennick working hard.  They removed dead vegetables, pruned multiple perennial beds, removed small trees and suckers, and did general clean up.  County agent Hattie Braun spent time at both yards working and giving advice.  Dallas Larsen took photos at each place.  Sue Martin Caskey and Hunter Kemmett provided manure for the two winners.  A pizza and salad lunch was provided for the hungry volunteers after their three hour job.

Many thanks go to the volunteers who worked the yards, all the people who sold tickets for the raffle as well as the community supporting the association with their ticket purchase.  Over $2000 was raised for the 2015 grants. 
 
Molly Larson

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 10/9/14

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 10/9/14
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
 
6:30pm – 6:40pm          Welcome – Agenda – Ed Skiba filling in for Hunter Kemmet
                                                Brief review of agenda for the evening
 
Announcements            Meeting Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win                                                
                                              - Drawing will be held after refreshments and before the business meeting
 
6:40pm – 6:45pm           Introduction of speaker Ed Skiba
 
6:45pm-7:40pm              Continuing Education
                                               Dr. Kristen Potter Bees and Other Pollinators

7:40pm-7:45pm              MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
                                               - Highland Conference

15 minute break
 
7:45pm-8:00pm               Refreshments provided by Laura Parker and Jackee Alston
                                               and Raffle Prize Drawing  
 
8:00pm - 8:25pm             Business Meeting – Ed Skiba filling in for Hunter Kemmet
 
                                            Nominations and committees
                                               - Nominating Committee - Crys Wells
                                               - Standing Committee's - Ed Skiba
                                                     - Think about volunteering for one of the committees.  The new CMGA president will
                                                     appoint the committee chairs.  **See descriptions at the end of this agenda.
 
                                             Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
 
                                             MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
                                               - Designated Campus Colleague program
 
                                             Committee Reports:
                                             Fund Raising
                                               - Garden Clean-up raffle final report – Molly Larson

                                               - Aprons – Loni Shapiro
                                               - Calendars – Debi Stalvey
                                             Continuing Education - Ed Skiba
                                             Community Markets - Andrea Guerrette
                                             MG Projects/Blog - Loni Shapiro
                                             Volunteer Support - Crys Wells
 
8:25pm - 8:30pm              Gardening Questions?
 
Next meeting:                   November 13, 2014 - Joe Costion presenting Economical Greenhouse Construction
                                                                                    (speaker has not yet confirmed)  
 
Educational Opportunities and Events may be found on this BlogSpot  Pages: 'Educational Opportunities and Events'.
 
**Standing Committees: (full descriptions in bylaws on this BlogSpot under Pages: 'Master Gardener Association Documents and Forms')
Continuing education - committee organizes speakers
Volunteer support - committee tracks hours and social recognition
Community support - committee mainly community markets
Master gardener projects - committee looks at guidelines for projects,
                                                 review project applications and
                                                 projects suitable for MG training hours

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Slug Garden Update/Volunteering

Saturday 10-4-14 tour at 8:30 - 9:15; Garden hours 9:30 -12:30.  Come and join in!  
This Saturday, The Joel Olson Classroom project continues with Sierra West  leading Americorps, ACE and SSLUG Garden volunteers!  Sra. Marina Vasquez, AIS Distinguished Indigenous Elder will also be joining us working in the garden along with students from AIS 470 and the Native American Cultural Center. And, as always, we will be harvesting vegetables from the garden to take to Flagstaff Family Food Center, and for our own nourishment and enjoyment!

Regular SSLUG Garden hours now through November 15th (weather allowing): 
Drop-in any time during garden hours and help harvest, water, weed, plant, make compost, collect seeds, orient others and begin to prepare the garden for winter.

Wednesdays and Thursdays: 1pm -4pm
Fridays  9-12:30Saturdays 9:30 -12:00   (note - 10/4/14 Americorps project will be from 9am - 4pm)Any questions?  You can reach me at 928 864-7037.
Thanks everyone who has come out to help and to harvest!   GROW ON!  AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK....

JAN  BUSCO

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Native Plant Society Flagstaff Chapter Monthly Meeting and Walk

Evening Program

Tuesday, October 14*, 7:00 p.m.: Dr. Wendy C. Hodgson, “Pre-Columbian Agaves in
Southwestern United States: A New Way of Looking at Species and Their Cultural Landscapes”
at the Shepherd of the Hills Church, 1601 North San Francisco.  Easy to find! Easy to park! This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Hodgson is Research Botanist and Herbarium Curator at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix,
Arizona. She is interested in the flora of the Southwest, particularly the Grand Canyon region, rare and endemic plants, and systematics of Agave and Yucca, including pre-Columbian agave cultivars.
 
Wendy coordinated the Cactus family treatment for Intermountain Flora and is head of the Cactaceae of Western U.S.project by Garden research staff and research associates. She is an avid plant collector who strives toward making high quality herbarium specimens.
The talk will focus on how the importance of agaves to Mesoamerica’s cultures has distorted the plants’ role for cultures north of the U.S.–Mexico border. Pre-Columbian farmers cultivated several species of agave in Arizona dating to at least A.D. 600 that have persisted in the landscape to the present. Most probably they  originated in northern Mexico and were traded as far north as the Grand Canyon. Verde Valley is a region of intense agave cultivation, having at least four of the five known domesticates. Landscapes and plants should be viewed from a cultural, rather than “natural” perspective that helps discern cryptic species and requires interdisciplinary collaboration.
*Note:  This is the second Tuesday of the month, not the third, which is our usual meeting date.