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!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 10/9/14

Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 10/9/14
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco
6:30pm – 6:40pm          Welcome – Agenda – Ed Skiba filling in for Hunter Kemmet
                                                Brief review of agenda for the evening
Announcements            Meeting Raffle – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win                                                
                                              - Drawing will be held after refreshments and before the business meeting

6:40pm – 6:45pm           Introduction of speaker Ed Skiba
6:45pm-7:40pm              Continuing Education
                                               Dr. Kristen Potter Bees and Other Pollinators

7:40pm-7:45pm              MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
                                               - Highland Conference

15 minute break
7:45pm-8:00pm               Refreshments provided by Laura Parker and Jackee Alston

                                               and Raffle Prize Drawing  
8:00pm - 8:25pm             Business Meeting – Ed Skiba filling in for Hunter Kemmet
                                            Nominations and committees
                                               - Nominating Committee - Crys Wells
                                               - Standing Committee's - Ed Skiba
                                                     - Think about volunteering for one of the committees.  The new CMGA president will
                                                     appoint the committee chairs.  **See descriptions at the end of this agenda.
                                             Financial report – Linda Guarino/Crys Wells
                                             MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
                                               - Designated Campus Colleague program
                                             Committee Reports:
                                             Fund Raising
                                               - Garden Clean-up raffle final report – Molly Larson

                                               - Aprons – Loni Shapiro
                                               - Calendars – Debi Stalvey
                                             Continuing Education - Ed Skiba
                                             Community Markets - Andrea Guerrette
                                             MG Projects/Blog - Loni Shapiro
                                             Volunteer Support - Crys Wells
8:25pm - 8:30pm              Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:                   November 13, 2014 - Joe Costion presenting Economical Greenhouse Construction
                                                                                    (speaker has not yet confirmed)  
Educational Opportunities and Events may be found on this BlogSpot  Pages: 'Educational Opportunities and Events'.
**Standing Committees: (full descriptions in bylaws on this BlogSpot under Pages: 'Master Gardener Association Documents and Forms')
Continuing education - committee organizes speakers
Volunteer support - committee tracks hours and social recognition
Community support - committee mainly community markets
Master gardener projects - committee looks at guidelines for projects,
                                                 review project applications and
                                                 projects suitable for MG training hours

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