Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 2/9/12
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
6:30pm-6:40pm Welcome – Agenda Debi Stalvey
Brief review of agenda for the evening
Call for volunteers – Home Show, AZ Highlands Garden Conference, Food Awareness Fair
Memberships solicited for 2012 – includes discounts at Viola’s, Warner’s, and Native Plant and Seed. Profits last year supported 2 master gardener projects, rent for facility, and sponsorship of the Arboretum newsletter.
Introduction of speaker
6:40pm-6:45pm Volunteer Opportunity – Arboretum Docent Program – Katie Flint
Ms. Flint encouraged master gardeners to apply for and take the docent training at the Arboretum at Flagstaff. As a docent you can share your knowledge of our region, help to educate over 5,000 visitors and get gift shop discounts and continuing education opportunities. For more information contact Katie Flint, Director of Education, at 928-774-1442 ext. 110 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6:45pm-7:30pm Continuing Education
Herbs/Adding Spices to Your Eating Life: Identify, Grow, and Harvest Culinary Herbs for Your Enjoyment
Speaker: Sue Collins APN, FNP-BC, AHN-BC
Sue Collins, a local nurse practitioner and herbalist talked about growing and using herbs in Flagstaff. She used old tires, a pond frame and cinder blocks to create her garden in Doney Park. Especially the tires and cinder blocks hold the heat in and the cinder blocks reduce the effect of the wind. She spoke on the properties, medicinal and food uses of a variety of plants including rhubarb, chives, fennel, tarragon, vervain, sunchokes, yarrow, sage, chamomile and parsley. For more information on growing herbs their uses, check out the following books (all are available from Amazon):
Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener's Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and More [Paperback] Miranda Smith
Growing & Using the Healing Herbs [Hardcover] Gaea Weiss, Shandor Weiss. Sue’s personal favorite.
The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual [Paperback] James Green, Ajana (Illustrator) Very informative. Not as easy to digest.
The Herbal Handbook: A User’s Guide to Medical Herbalism David Hoffman Focuses on the actions of herbs using older names for the actions.
The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies David Hoffman
7:45pm – 8:05pm Overview of recent Executive Meeting – Debi Stalvey
Vote on changes to Bylaws – Debi Stalvey
Debi explained the proposed changes to the bylaws. Crys Wells moved to accept the changes to the bylaws and Faith Brittain seconded. The membership voted to accept the changes.
February 9, 2012 CMGA Financial Report – Ed Skiba
2012 CMGA Membership fees 29 @ $10.00= $290.00
Contribution from Dana P. Smith $ 40.00
Calendars 9 @ $5.00= $ 45.00
Snack Jar Fund $ 29.81
Total Deposit 2/02/12 $404.81
Check Acct. Balance 01/12/12 $1299.15
Total Check Acct Balance 02/02/12 $1703.96
On Feb. 9, 2012 deposited the following collected funds into the National Bank of Arizona(CMGA) Checking account:
2012 CMGA Membership Fees 1 @ $10.00= $10.00
Calendars 4 @ $10.00 = $40.00
Total Deposit 02/09/12 $50.00
Check Acct. Balance 02/09/12 $1,703.96
Total Check Acct. Balance 02/09/12 $1,753.96
Prepared and Submitted by Ed Skiba, CMGA Treasurer
Calendar – Bea Cooley, V.P.
It is time to submit your photos for consideration for inclusion in the 2013 Master Gardener Association calendar. Please send a print (4X6) of your digital photo submission to:
PO Box 3923
Flagstaff, AZ 86003-3923
The 2013 calendar will highlight Master Gardener Favorites, so the theme will be a potpourri of garden-related scenes. Check through your photos for lovely scenes of your garden, favorite plants, your pets in your garden, a bountiful harvest, Master Gardener Projects (in process or finished or before and after), or ? All photos will be considered. You might even submit a favorite recipe that is made of locally grown produce or have you (or someone you know) made a quilt inspired by Flagstaff’s gardens? These are just ideas. Submit all photos that you think might qualify to make a beautiful calendar.
MG Program Happenings (Class, Conference) – Hattie Braun
There are 35 students in the Spring 2012 Master Gardener class. Hattie also said that there will be a Master Gardener class in Page in the fall. Ann announced the Feb. 14 Highlands Garden Conference meeting.
8:05pm – 8:20pm Committee Reports:
Continuing Education (see below for details) – Loni Shapiro
Home Show - Hattie Braun and Faith Brittain
More speakers are needed for the Home & Garden show. Please contact Tess Wymore at email@example.com or 928-607-3673. Each speaker time slot is for a 40 minute presentation with a 10 minute question & answer period.
Coordination of MG Projects – Linda Guarino
Linda is updating the Master Gardener Project list. It will be ready for the growing season.
Volunteer Support/Social – Hattie Braun & Crys Wells
Crys Wells reported 96 volunteer hours and 15 continuing education hours for January. We know there were many members at the January meeting – please record your one hour of volunteer time and one hour of continuing education for the business meeting and education!
There is a request for a speaker from the Gila County Master Gardeners for their March 24 meeting. They want someone from the cold country to talk about starting seeds.
Another speaker request comes from a mothers’ group in Williams. They want to know how to start gardens with children.
Volunteers needed to help create a Butterfly Garden. Contact Joe Meehan for more information (JMeehan@azhs.gov). Some details posted on the blog.
Loni asked for a volunteer photographer to take photographs at the meetings. Hattie said she would put the office digital camera in the equipment bag so there will be a camera available.
8:20pm – 8:30pm Blog Demo – Loni Shapiro
Loni demonstrated the blog. It is located at http://coconinomgassociation.blogspot.com/ . She showed changes and the new area on the blog for articles.
Hattie introduced the newest certified Master Gardener: Beth Dykstra
Next meeting: 3/8/12
Gardening with Your Camera
*April 12 – Riordan Mansion and Garden - Joe Meehan/Charlotte Dodgson
*May 10 – Invasive Weeds – Scott Harger
June 14 – Pending – Hydroponics – speaker TBA
*July 12 – What to do With the Harvest – Michele Lytle (MG and caterer)
Update on County Fair Entries
Aug. 9 – Pending – Season Extenders (Joe Costian)
*Oct. 11 – Growing and Forcing Bulbs – Loni Shapiro
Nov. 8 – Pending – Tam Nguyen – topic TBA
Those starred are confirmed