Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Cindy Murray a molting yellow rumped warbler eating aphids on her peach tree in Timberline. She likes to call him "Scruffles".

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!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Keep Sedona Beautiful Educational Programs

Building Great Soil

WITH STEPHEN SCOTT from Terroir Seed
Saturday, November 8
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Keep Sedona Beautiful
360 Brewer Road, Sedona, AZ 86336
 
Soil is the foundation of all of our food and health, but we have learned to treat it like dirt over the past 75 years. Healthy, fertile and vibrant soil produces weather tolerant, pest and disease resistant plants that grow incredibly delicious and nutritious food, providing a noticeable improvement to our daily health.
 
Come join Stephen as he explores the different ways you can improve your garden soil, no matter if it is a traditional garden, containers, planters or at the community garden.
Stephen Scott 
Free to anyone in the community, donations are welcome.  
Sheet Mulching Now for Spring Planting 

Presented by Greening Harmony
Saturday, November 8
1 - 3 pm
This will be a hands-on workshop creating a garden without digging, tilling or weeding.  A centuries old method popularly known today as "lasagna gardening" or in permaculture, "sheet mulching."

Participants will learn about selection and layering of materials to build an environment for microorganisms to happily do their work and to make an enticing home for worms.  Preparations now can create new beds for spring planting.
Sheet Mulching  
We will be applying materials for layering: leaves, straw, manure, fresh kitchen/ produce scraps, compost, coffee grounds, cardboard, amendments such as bone meal, azomite etc. to a previously uncultivated garden space.
  
Please dress prepared to participate in creating a sheet mulched garden space.  This is a non-strenuous learning-by-doing activity.
  • Workshop is limited to 15 participants.
  • If you have questions about participating please call to inquire 928-203-0169.
  • Cost is $8
 

 Greening Harmony is supported in part by grants from:
 
SCF - VVMC

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