Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Loni Shapiro
One of my favorite spring flowers from my old yard. One of many species tulips that the new owner can enjoy. Check out google for photos of many more you can add to your yard.
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!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Upcoming From the Monthly MNA Newsletter/ 4FRI Lecture

Future of the Colorado Plateau:
4FRI* and the Future of our Forests

*Four Forests Restoration Initiative

Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Free to the public
Branigar-Chase Auditorium - - Registration for this event is full! See below for more information.
 
The *Four Forests Restoration Initiative is bringing together historically embattled interests in a cooperative effort to restore forest health and protect communities from catastrophic wildfire. This forum is an opportunity for those concerned with the future of our forests to share their ideas and perspectives with the 4FRI stakeholder community.

forum's host and moderator. Joining Friederici to help tell the 4FRI story and facilitate the evening's discussion will be Ethan Aumack from Grand Canyon Trust, Dick Fleishman with the Coconino National Forest, Erik Nielson from Northern Arizona University, Steve Horner representing Campbell Global LLC, Rob Davis of Forest Energy Systems Inc., and Amy Waltz with the Ecological Restoration Institute.

4FRI and the Future of our Forests is the third in a series of community forums exploring the future of the Colorado Plateau. These events enable citizens to contribute their ideas and perspectives on important issues, including forest health, water resources, wildlife conservation, energy production, and economic sustainability.

We have received a high response rate for this forum event and are considering hosting a second forum of the same topic at a later date. We ask that you contact us via email to express your interest in this topic to mnafutureforum@gmail.com.

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