Coconino Master Gardener Association

Another beauty from Cindy Murray. Swallowtail butterfly on phlox.

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
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, June 11, 2012

Growing Community Summer Workshop Series

The City has partnered with a local non-profit organization, Flagstaff Foodlink, to manage and maintain community agricultures sites located on City owned property. The project serves to educate the community on how to sustainably grow food in Flagstaff’s unique high elevation environment, arid climate and short growing season. 

Growing Community Summer Workshop Series
The City of Flagstaff in partnership with Flagstaff Foodlink is excited to announce the Growing 
Community Summer Workshop Series.Date                            Time               Topic                         Presenter           Location
13-Jun Wednesday     5:30 PM          Soil testing                     Beth Dykstra         Izabel
20-Jun Wednesday     5:00 PM          Composting                    McKenzie Jones    Bonito*27-Jun Wednesday     5:00 PM          Rainwater Harvesting       David McKee         Izabel *
11-Jul  Wednesday     5:00 PM          Container Gardening        Loni Shapiro          Izabel
14-Jul  Saturday         11:00 AM        Composting                    McKenzie Jones     Izabel
18-Jul  Wednesday     5:30 PM          Plant Cycle                     Tony Jauregui        Bonito

18-Jul  Wednesday     5:30 PM          Invasive Weeds                Dorothy Lamm      Izabel

28-Jul  Saturday         11:00 AM        Composting                   McKenzie Jones      Bushmaster
1-Aug  Wednesday     5:00 PM          Composting                    McKenzie Jones     TBD 
4-Aug  Saturday         9:00 AM          Greens for the Fall          Hattie Braun            Izabel
8-Aug  Wednesday     5:30 PM          Medicinal Plants             Tony Jauregui         Bonito
11-Aug Saturday        11:00 AM        Seed Saving                    Laura Cagney         Izabel
15-Aug Wednesday    5:00 PM          How Plants Do It:           Liz Taylor                Bonito
                                                       Sex in the Garden

Each workshop is free and open to the public. Check out the city site for more info.

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