Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Cindy Murray a male robin bathing in a bird bath surrounded by Sunflowers. A perfect August photo.

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!

Monday, December 5, 2011

CMGA Accomplishments for 2011

1. 47 Members of the association for 2011.
Included 10% discounts for Viola's, Warner's and Native Plant & Seed
71% Master Gardeners, 11% trainees, 18% guests participated in monthly meetings.

2. Move to a new site - Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Provided $250 reimbursement for use of facility.

3. Changed bi-laws to reflect new membership rules.

4. Organized the MG Projects with a committee to establish rules, review applications from those interested in MG help, and a method for approval. Several new projects approved in 2011.

5. Participated in the Flagstaff Home Show with a booth and many lectures.

6. The Garden Club officially became part of the CMGA. A listserv established for contacting members. Many garden tours provided throughout the summer. Bulk Nolo Bait offered for sale for members.

7. Established a EIN tax number and PO Box for the association. Created a logo for the association to use with membership cards and correspondence.

8. New bank account established at the National Bank of Arizona.

9. Continued participation in Sunday and Wednesday Flagstaff Community Markets.

10. Established a grant for Master Gardener Projects
Two given this year to Sunshine Rescue Mission and the YMCA ($150 each)

11. Sponsored the fall Arboretum at Flagstaff newsletter ($250) and included an article about the association and the MG Program.

12. Fundraising included memberships and our 2nd Annual Calendar for sale throughout the community. Photos were of gardens throughout Coconino County. Many were from the Native Plant Society's annual contests.

13. Provided 10 monthly lectures for Master Gardeners and the community at large. Additional programs provided by other Master Gardeners through an informal speakers bureau.

14. Established a listserv for communications from the association. Over 100 added to this list.

15. Held an annual Recognition Picnic and a Christmas Party.

Loni Shapiro
Secretary
Coconino Master Gardener Association

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