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!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

August 2014 Meeting Minutes

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 8/14/2014 Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 1601 N. San Francisco
Continuing Education - Rachael Edelstein - Edible and Poisonous Northern Arizona wild mushrooms
Refreshments provided by Cheryl Bridgman and Hunter Kemmet
Raffle prize winner – Sherline Alexander
Business Meeting Hunter Kemmet
Thanks to Charlotte Dodgson for her service as Vice President
Call for nominations - Elect new Vice President
Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
In the month of July, there were $91 in income and $188.01 in expenditures.  The bank balance (not including PayPal figures) was $2,357.42 as of 8/14/14.
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
Master Gardener Recognition Picnic – need volunteer to organize picnic
Fund Raising
Garden Clean-up raffle – Molly Larson
Aprons and Garden Tours – Loni Shapiro – sold 6 aprons so far.
Calendars – Debi Stalvey – should be available by the October meeting.
Garden Tours – Debi Stalvey – need volunteers to look at your garden.  1st on is this Saturday at 10:00am.  You get 1 education hour for attending this.  Host gets volunteer hours.
Continuing Education – Ed Skiba
October – Probuild/Juli Littou  Building an Inexpensive Greenhouse
November - Bees   Dr. Kristen Porter, NAU
December – Holiday Party
Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
2 Wednesdays to sign-up.  Loni will send out a reminder.
MG Projects/Blog - Loni Shapiro
Donor tags; these are for gardens that have won grants.
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
42 people reported hours in July.  495 volunteer and 65.5 education hours.  Year to date is 2009.75 volunteer and 365.5 education hours.  We are behind last year's totals at this point...2803 volunteer and 601 education hours total year to date as of the end of July 2013.  The totals for 2013 were 5063.75 volunteer and 903.25 education hours.
Next meeting: Sunday, September 7, 2014 MG Annual Picnic and Recognition BBQ, 4pm – 6pm at the Navajo Ramada at Fort Tuthill


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