Coconino Master Gardener Association

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet who is gleaning morsels from an Alberta Spruce in Cindy Murray's 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
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!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

CMGA Meeting Agenda 5/8

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 5/8/2014
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
6:30pm-6:40pm               Welcome – Agenda – Hunter Kemmet
                                                Brief review of agenda for the evening               
6:30pm-6:40pm               Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
                                                Drawing will be held after refreshments and before the business meeting
Prize:  A truck load of seasoned horse manure delivered by Hunter Kemmet.
6:40pm – 6:45pm            Introduction of speaker – Ed Skiba
6:45pm-7:30pm               Continuing Education
                                                Dr. Tom Kolb
                                                Future of the Ponderosa Pine Forests in Northern Arizona
7:30pm-7:55pm               Refreshments - Susan Thompson and Sherline Alexander
7:55pm-8:00pm               Raffle Drawing

8:00pm - 8:25pm             Business Meeting – Hunter Kemmet          
                                                2015 CMGA Calendar – Debi Stalvey
                                                Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
                                                MG Coordinator - Hattie Braun
·         Designated Campus Colleague
·         State Conference
Committee Reports:
                                                Continuing Education – Ed Skiba
Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
·         Volunteers needed – sign-up sheet on table
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
·         Reminder: please wear name tag or membership card
o    Can provide sleeves for membership card
MG Projects/Blog - Loni Shapiro
·         Presentation: navigation
·         Grants for MG Projects – Deadline May 31, application on website
8:25pm – 8:30pm            Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:    June 12, 2013
Sue Madden, Master Gardener – Straw Bale Gardening
“Educational Opportunities and Events” found on the blog right column under Pages

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