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!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

2013 Year End Report from President of the CMGA

Debi Stalvey
December 2013
January:  The year started with brainstorming for the organization.  We needed to recruit committee chairpersons and discuss fundraising ideas, as well as lay out our goals for the New Year.  We wanted to focus on raising money to support our Master Gardener Projects.  We also wanted to make our organization more visible to the community through continued calendar sales and participation in Earth Day, the Home Show, Community Market, County Fair, etc. 
February: Tammy Valdovino agreed to be the organization historian and Sherline Alexander became the chair of Community Markets. 
March:  We participated in the Home Show with a beautiful booth organized by Chairperson Kathy Singh.  We had several speakers and a great response by attendees.  At the executive meeting we picked our new logo and agreed to participate in the Arboretum’s plant sale in July.  In addition we decided to go forth with the “Regarden” fundraiser to be held in June and approved Sherry Markel’s T-shirt fundraiser.  At our general meeting we announced that we would award $1250 in grants for Master Gardener Projects. 
April:  We participated in the Earth Day celebration at City Hall by providing a table and speakers.  At our general meeting we announced the theme for the annual calendar, Flagstaff-a horticultural perspective, and asked for submissions.  A committee was established for the Regarden Sale that included, Debi Stalvey, Sheryl Houston, Kathy Deasy and Crys Wells.  (Debi Stalvey was out of town for executive meeting).   
May:  We accepted pictures for the calendar and applications for the grants.  We also started collecting items for the Regarden sale. 
June:  The executive committee worked on creating a policy for posting items on the Listserv and chose Grant Applications for awards.  On June 2nd we had our Regarden sale which was definitely a financial success of over $900, but it was a lot of work.
July:  We participated in the Arboretum Plant Sale. 
August:  We had a table at Native Plant and Seed for First Friday Art Walk.  The executive committee finalized dates for the 2014 calendar and Debi Stalvey took over compiling the calendar.  In addition we discussed buying markers for Master Gardener Projects.  At the general meeting we asked for volunteers for the 2014 Executive Committee. 
September:  We had our annual recognition picnic on the 8th at Fort Tuthill.  It had rained all day, but was nice and sunny for the event.  At our September executive meeting Tammy Valdovino presented her thoughts on how to archive our association records.  The board agreed with her recommendations and outlined the budget.  We also discussed our annual Holiday party and decided to have it at the Shepherd of the Hills church as we have grown so much to have at someone’s home. 
October:  The executive committee agreed to give our 2014 calendar to our County Supervisors, City Council members.  We also agreed to change the price to $10 each or 3 for $25. 
November:  The executive committee approved the document “Riordan Action Network” as a means of continuing our association with Riordan as a Master Gardener Project.  Charlotte Dodgson was given the go ahead to order signage for current and previous grant sponsored Master Gardener Projects.  Calendars were made available at the general meeting.  Finally officers for the 2014 executive committee were nominated and voted on. 
December:  We participated in the NAU bazaar selling several calendars while continuing our effort to be a more visible organization.  The executive committee met with the president elect, Hunter Kemmet and secretary elect Sherline Alexander.  The time and place for next year’s meeting were agreed on.  We discussed planning for the Home Show for March.  To end, we had our Holiday party on December 12th with a very good turn out and lots of fun. 

Final Notes:
I am very proud of where the Coconino Master Gardener Association has come in the two years since I have been president and three and a half years since inception.  I believe we have met our mission of providing support for 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.  We grew to 94 members by the end of 2013.  We were very successful with fundraising through calendar sales, the Regarden Sale and membership.  We are solvent and are easily able to maintain our $1000 base for operating expenses.  I want to thank you all for this opportunity; I have really enjoyed my time as president. 

* Throughout the year we provided 10 wonderful speakers who provided continuing education on varying gardening topics.

See the side bar for CMGA other annual reports for 2013.

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