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 underContacts. 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.
Jim Mast Arizona Centennial Cooperative Extension Honoree
On Thursday, July 24th, Hattie Braun took a bunch of master gardeners to the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Cooperative Extension. We headed to Happy Jack and the V-V Ranch. We spent the day there listening to many of speakers from the U. of A. and Arizona State talking about the founding of the extension and its goals for the future. Dr. Jeff Silvertooth the Director of the Arizona Cooperative Extension was the 1st to speak. Each county awarded recognition to people who had been instrumental in their extensions. From Coconino County Tom DeGomez recognized several people you might know - William Brechan, Ernest Chilson, H. Stuart Houston, Jim Mast, Herb Metzger, Bob and Judy Prosser, and Beth Tucker. In addition there were three wonderful talks in the morning about Forest Health (Tom DeGomez), Tree Ring Lab (Dr. Paul Sheppard), and the Arizona Climate Lab (Dr. Mike Cremmins). They all covered the history and outlook for the future. We had a great lunch provided by the V-V and in the afternoon attended some breakout session. I attended one on Home Canning, went for a horse and wagon ride, and finished up with Native American Food Production. All in all it was a wonderful day. The next event in this anniversary celebration is in Oct. at the Phoenix Zoo. Look for upcoming details and think about attending. We should all be very proud of being part of a long time successful program that helps many people have better lives in a variety of ways. Attending help me understand all the other parts of the Extension beside the Master Gardener Program.
Thanks to Hattie for encouraging us to be part of this celebration and for getting us there.