Coconino Master Gardener Association

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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 (1601 N. San Francisco). 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!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Residential Compost Pick-up

Residential Compost Pick up!
 
Corbin Composting in partnership with Forestdale Farm 
 
Greetings composters and friends of compost,
Corbin Composting in partnership with Forestdale Farm are picking up Flagstaff’s residential compost collection where Roots Composting left off. We would love to serve you and meet your compost needs.
We will be offering monthly residential compost collection with pick ups on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. We will provide you with a 5 gallon bucket which we will switch out each pickup. (One time non-refundable $5 bucket deposit.)
Cost is $20/month in Flagstaff and $25/month for Doney Park, Kachina Village, and Mountainaire.
Thank you for your interest and understanding while we fine tune the process to work for you while also making this sustainable enough to continue into the future. We welcome your feedback and recommendations on how to optimize the service.
We would like to begin in July but will need a minimum of 25 folks in order to begin. If you are interested, please let us know by responding back to this email. If not, please feel free to share this information with anyone you think may be interested. We will not ask you to pay until we get to our critical mass. At that time, we will email out contracts and ask for payment.
We are excited to offer this service and work with you. Thank you,
Cara Corbin and Rylan Morton-Starner

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunnyside Farmers Market

Hi Master Gardeners:

Andrea and Galen Guerrette and Kira Farmer and Brooke Freeman have done a great job at the Sunnyside Farmers Market. Even though attendance is low, we would like to keep up our tabling presence at the market. The market is 2:30-6:30 on Wednesdays and runs until Sept. 12.

Kira and Brooke have come up with different activities to attract people to the table. For tomorrow, July 11, they will have our weed display where folks can guess what the weed is. We could use 1-2 more MG volunteers.

Next week we will have a 'wheel of fortune' type wheel. For participants that spin the wheel, if they answer a question, they get a prize. We could use 1-2 more MG volunteers to answer gardening questions.

Kira's last day with us is tomorrow and Brooke's is July 26. If you can help with the next two markets, or future markets, please let me know, or sign up at our CMGA meeting on Thursday. Andrea and Galen are away right now.

I don't have the Sunnyside Farmer's Market sign up sheet so if you already signed up, my apologies. Just let me know.

Hattie
           
Hattie Braun
County Director
Assistant in Extension
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Coconino Cooperative Extension
University of Arizona
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004

Phone: (928)773-6118
Fax: (928)774-1860
hbraun@cals.arizona.edu

Sunday, July 1, 2018

CMGA July Meeting Agenda

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

6:30-6:35pm    Welcome-Sherline Alexander   
6:35-6:40pm    Introduction of Speakers—Gilli Thomas
6:40-7:45pm    Education:  Nick Wilhelmi, Tree Diseases
(15 minute break with refreshments)
7:45-8:00pm      Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
8:00-8:25pm    Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander
 
        Financial Report—Molly Larsen       
Committee Progress Reports:
Summer CMGA Garden Sale-Judy Springer
Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens July 21, 2018– Jenny Quarteman and Colleen Tucker       
jennyanneq@gmail.com 720-560-7575
Continuing Education—Gilli Thomas
  • August 9 Speaker Nigel Sparks—Water Harvesting
  • September date TBA Annual Picnic
  • October 11 Jan Busco – Summer in the MNA Gardens
  • November 8 Nigel Sparks – Landscaping
  • December 13 Christmas Party   
Volunteer Support—Tim Ellsworth-Bowers /Crys Wells
Flagstaff Monthly Garden Tours - Susan Thompson and Lori Tamblingson
CMGA Support –/Andrea Guerrette
  • Wednesday Market 2:30 to 6:30 at Market of Dreams
Blog/Communication – Loni Shapiro 
Social – Liz George 
MG Projects/Seed Library – Jackee Alston
Historian—Tammy Valdovino
 Fundraising Chair—Open

8:25-8:30    Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:    August 9–Nigel Sparks Water Harvesting

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Native Plant Society Meeting

The Art and Science of Pollinator Habitat Design
With Molly McCormick and Kate Watters

Molly will discuss her master's thesis research, which investigated pollinator habitat design in arid ecosystems. The study took place in Camp Verde, where pollinator habitat was installed at Shield Ranch and flower visitation was observed. For practitioners and land managers looking to restore pollination systems in arid ecosystems, the results of this study suggest that installing species-rich and florally-abundant habitat islands that persist over time should be a priority. In addition, increasing the quality of forage at a restoration site and the immediate surrounding area can be accomplished by installing habitat islands.

Kate will discuss seed collection and plant propagation efforts of key pollinator species that the Verde Native Seed Cooperative is undertaking and inspire you to take all you have seen and learned and go out and create pollinator habitat.

Arizona Native Plant Society talks are free and open to the public. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Picture Canyon Volunter Day

Picture Canyon Volunteer Day Saturday, 
June 30th 8am - 11am
Help us reduce the spread of invasive plant species that threaten our native communities
 at Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve. We provide the tools, snacks, coffee, 
and plant expertise to get the job done!
Meet us at 8am at the main Picture Canyon parking area off of El Paso Flagstaff Road.
Visit our Facebook event page @FlagstaffOpen Space
for more details. Contact Erin O'Keefe at eokeefe@flagstaffaz.gov to sign-up.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Info on Nolo Bait's Unavailability

Nolo Bait will be unavailable until further notice due to issues with production. Please call us at 1-800-827-2847 to discuss suitable alternatives for grasshopper control. Semaspore Bait can also be used to infect, kill and control grasshoppers.
Go to the Arbico site for further info on alternative grasshopper control. www.arbico-organics.com

Thursday, June 14, 2018

AZ Native Plant Society Meetings

The meetings of the AZ Native Plant Society are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Check out this link to the flyer for the summer programs.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

6:30-6:35pm    Welcome-Sherline Alexander   
6:35-6:40pm    Introduction of Speakers—Gilli Thomas
6:40-7:45pm    Education:  Andrea Huntley, Terra Birds-Community Garden
       
(15 minute break with refreshments)
7:45-8:00pm      Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win

8:00-8:25pm    Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander
 
        Financial Report—Molly Larsen       
Committee Progress Reports:
Summer CMGA Garden Sale - Judy Springer (Event) and Brooke Freeman (MG Table)
  • County Extension office 2304 N. 3rd St. by Noon on 6/15 to be taken to Fort Tuthill.

Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens July 21, 2018– Jenny Quarteman and Colleen Tucker       
jennyanneq@gmail.com 720-560-7575

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

2nd Annual CMGA Plant Sale and Festival

 If you want to help with this fundraiser or be a vendor contact Judy Springer at 
judyspringer@hotmail.com. Funds raised from this project support the CMGA. Attached is the link to the vendor application if you are interested  LINK. Deadline to apply for space is June 1.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Willow Bend Volunteering

 Enhance Habitat for Wildlife at Willow Bend on Saturday, May 26 between 8 am and noon.
Join the Friends of Willow Bend Gardens for a fun and meaningful day enhancing wildlife habitat in the gardens. Meet us at Willow Bend any time during the morning to hang water drippers for birds and butterflies, install a bat box and a pole for bird feeders, set up a butterfly house, and more! Please bring a water bottle, sun protection, and gloves. Questions? Contact Susan Lamb at susan@susanlamb.net or (928)779-4381.

Below is the flyer in case there’s a way to share it.  Link for flyer
Thank you,
Susan.


Susan Lamb
(928) 779-4381
www.susanlamb.net


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Conservation Study Forum Meeting

Reconciliation Ecology

The Science of inventing, establishing and maintaining new habitats to conserve species diversity in places where people live, work and play.

This I see as the over-arching concept. It might apply to the landscaping around a commercial business in town, but also to a national park or wilderness area. As Rosenzweig points out, there is now virtually no place on earth that has not been affected by human activity. We may have to be active in parks and wilderness areas as climate change, invasive species and other human impacts take their toll.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CMGA May Meeting

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

6:30-6:35pm    Welcome-Sherline Alexander   
6:35-6:40pm    Introduction of Speakers—Gilli Thomas
6:40-7:45pm    Education:  Jim Mast, Growing Tomatoes in Flagstaff
       
(15 minute break with refreshments)
7:45-8:00pm      Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win

8:00-8:25pm    Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander
 
MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
  • 2018 Flagstaff Home and Garden Show—Review
  • Earth Day—April 21 at Bushmaster Park—Review
  • Beginning Gardener talks –Started at Viola’s Pansy Party
  • CMGA Hotline and email
  • Fall into Gardening 10/20/2018/David Salman is the speaker/Trinity Heights

        Financial Report—Molly Larsen       
Committee Progress Reports:
Summer Garden Sale – Judy Springer
Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens July 21, 2018– Jenny Quarteman and Colleen Tucker       
jennyanneq@gmail.com 720-560-7575
  • 4 CMGA volunteers - hang posters
  • 2 CMGA volunteers - hand out flyers Arboretum Plant sale July 14
  • 2 CMGA volunteers - sell tickets Viola’s Flower Garden July 21
  • 12 CMGA volunteers - hosts/ two per garden July 21 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Willow Bend CMGA Grant

This year the CMGA supported Willow Bend through one of our annual grants. They have begun a big clean-up project and refurbishing the gardens there. Susan Lamb Bean sent me some of the before and after photos of their pruning. She expressed thanks for the grant they received in helping getting this project done.
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Before
After

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Nolo bait for Grasshoppers


Nolo Bait 
Master Gardener Jean Hockman will once again make a bulk order of NOLO bait - the organic control for grass hoppers - to share with Master Gardeners and friends.


By bulk ordering, the cost will be approximately $6.00 per pound.

If you want to be included in this order, email hockman.Jean@gmail.com and state your name, email address and number of pounds you want.  

Jean will place the order on May 15. No orders will be accepted after May 15. 

When the grasshopper bait arrives she will contact you by email to pick up your order and pay by cash or check.

For detailed information about NOLO and how much to use visit www.goodbug.com/nolobait

Happy Gardening

Jean Hockman
hockman.Jean@gmail.com

Monday, April 30, 2018

Grand Canyon Centennial

Hi, 

My name is Vanessa Ceja, I'm the Centennial and Community Outreach Coordinator for the park. Grand Canyon National Park will be celebrating it's Centennial in 2019 and we are starting to gear up for that this year. 

We are planning a Wildlife Day event at Grand Canyon on May 26 from 10 to 4 pm at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center plaza. Wildlife Day started a few years ago in memory of Eric York, a biologist who dedicated his life to the study of wildlife in the park. The event focuses on the biodiversity of plants and wildlife found in the park and surrounding areas. 

At the plaza we'll have different wildlife organizations, park partners, and activities. This is a great opportunity to reach a large number of visitors as well as community members. We wanted to know if this was something the Flagstaff AZ Native Plant Society would be interested in participating in? 

Let me know what you think. 

Thanks
Vanessa Ceja-Cervantes | Grand Canyon National Park | 928-638-7728 office | 928-266-6246 cell

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