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!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bokaski Composting Free Class

Saturday, July 20th, 10am-11am or so
Flagstaff Native Plant & Seed Nursery
400 E. Butler Ave.
(you may want to park on Elden St. as our lot gets packed for these talks!)

FREE CLASS this Saturday!! Learn all about Bokashi Composting - fermenting your compost!
Cut your landfill waste in half and create a gift for your garden! Learn this easy,cheap,ODORLESS way to convert your food waste into rich black gold using microbes. Whether you want to construct a large scale outdoor compost ring or a system sized for your apartment,you can utilize micro-organisms to help you create incredible soil. Bring your notebook and your fantastic self...let the composting begin!

After this class,you will:
1. Understand Bokashi (origin and application) as well as the importance of micro-organisms for soil health

2. Be able to ferment food waste without odor indoors (perfect for apartment dwellers)

3. Efficiently construct large outdoor Bokashi compost rings to break down large amounts of waste within 30-50 days

Morgan Coffinger was actively engaged in the organic movement,school gardening,and permaculture in Maui, HI and learned various sustainable farming techniques she is excited to share! Morgan moved back home to Arizona this past year to start Bokashi Evolution,which now provides Arizona with locally crafted Bokashi and beneficial micro-organism technology education as a remedy for our bulging landfill waste.


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