Coconino Master Gardener Association

Fall Harvest a photo from Debi Stalvey.

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, May 27, 2013

New Vegetable Cookbook

One of the unfamiliar vegetables in the CSA seedling offering I received this year was Mustard. It has been the first crop along with spinach to ripen in our beds at Olivia White Hospice Garden. As I picked it I wondered what am I going to do with this.
About a month ago I ordered Deborah Madison's new cookbook. For those of you unfamiliar with her she has done several books on vegetarian cooking and one that features cooking foods from the Farmers Markets. She has written over 11 cookbooks and is known for her simple, seasonal, vegetable based cooking. She got her start at Chez Panisse in the bay area, and opened her own restaurant Greens.
This book has a new twist. She covers 12 vegetable families of foods, expands on their benefits, and adds many recipes, including mustard (cabbage familly). It is a must buy for recipes for some of the foods from the Flagstaff Sunday Market. The first recipe I am going to try in addition to one for mustard is Carrot Almond Cake with Ricotta Cream and Limoncello.

Vegetable Literacy  - Cooking and Gardening with Twelve Families from the edible Plant Kindom, with over 300 Deliciously Simple Recipes
by Deborah Madison
Ten Speed Press
Berkeley, CA
About $35 from Amazon

Enjoy!
Loni


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