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!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 1/8/15
Welcome –Hunter Kemmet introduced 2015 Officers;  Jim Mast-President, Ed Skiba-VP, Sue Madden-Treasurer, Sherline Alexander-Secretary.  Please note that all of the annual reports from CMGA officers and committee chairs are on the blog.
Education Grant Recipients:
Pinon Community Garden - Rosemary Logan and April Smith - talked and showed photos about their new irrigation system for their community garden.
Pioneer Museum - Freddi Steele - talked and showed photos of the before and after hardscape stairs installed on their property for safety.
Mountain Elementary School - Angie Fritz - mom and master gardener began a garden program for 3rd and 4th graders, with money spent on materials for gardening and books. Angie's photos included a lunch with what the classes had grown.
Riordan Mansion - Dave Brimhall - this AZ Historical Society property has received several grants over the years to improve many of the gardens and hardscape. Dave brought a poster and photos to share.
Business Meeting; Jim Mast.
Raffle item donations.   If you have something you can donate toward our monthly meeting raffle just bring the item to a monthly meeting.
Build volunteer hours doing committee work. The CMGA is looking for more volunteers for our committees this year. Continuing education (Loni Shapiro, Chair), Volunteer Support (Crys Wells, Chair), Community Support (Andrea Guerrette, Chair), Master Gardener Projects (Jackee Alston, Gillian Thomas new co-chairs),  Special Projects (Home Show, Conference, Fund Raising(need new chair), Earth Day etc.).
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
Conference: next meeting 1-14-15, 1pm, extension office.  Please attend if you are interested in helping with the conference.  Actively looking for conference site.
·        Spring Class; Thursday’s, 1-4:30pm. 2/5 - 5/14/2015, N. AZ Health Care 1000 N Humphreys.  Getting a lot of calls.
·         Home Show April 10, 11, 12, the weekend after Easter. Volunteers needed.
·         Dorothy Lamb workday at the extension office 10am-2pm, Monday January 26st on invasive weeds.
Financial report – Sue Madden
Found software on sale and purchased for $37.50.
Total income for the year was $3934.03. Total expenses for the year were $2388.13. The difference between income and expenses for 2014 was $1545.90. The checkbook balance is currently $4173.23 and the PayPal balance is $150.56 for a total of $4323.79. This is an increase of $1461.21 as compared to the end of 2013.
Committee Reports:
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
Recorded 4012.5 volunteer and 655.5 continuing education hours as reported by 93 individuals.  (This data is based on what was reported through 12/31/14 and will undoubtedly change.) Membership 78. 
JoAnn Alarcon is now part of the Volunteer Support Committee
Fund Raising – Loni Shapiro (looking for someone to chair this committee)
·         Aprons $15 each – $180.48 in proceeds for CMGA aprons after subtracting costs of $217.52 for purchase of the aprons and $52 to cover the cost of embroidery.
·         Calendars $12 each or 3 for $30- CMGA calendars resulted in a net increase of $428.50 ($335 for 2014 calendars and $996 for 2015 calendars) after subtracting printing costs of $902.50 for the 2015 calendars.
·         Other money making plan:    Summer garden tour,  Fall clean-up raffle (need a volunteer to chair this project)
Continuing Education – Loni Shapiro; plans for future talks this year;
·         February – Kim Howell-Costion Greenhouse soils and soil Secrets
·         March – Something on seeding/veggie gardening - Julie Lancaster has been asked but I haven-t heard from her. I also plan to check with Helen Sisk from the NAU Greenhouse
·         April – Ed Skiba – One hole at a time
·         May -Jim Mast -  Small Community Garden - Vegetable Gardening
·         June - Hattie Braun – Garden Flowers for Flagstaff
·         Some other possibilities for the rest of the year:
o    Getting Crops to Market - Peggy Pollack from Food link and/or Art Babbott from the Flagstaff Community Market
o    I am thinking July and maybe include someone from the county fair (we may be able to incorporate Phil Patterson and the SSLUG garden into this talk)
o    Grasses - Susan Lamb Bean or Kristin Olmon - I am thinking August
o    Science of GMO's - Linda Guarino or Brian Bates - I am thinking October
o    Gardening on the Reservation - Leupp Family Farm/Tuba (need to check further with Hattie on these before proceeding) - maybe Nov.
MG Projects – Loni Shapiro; Jackee Alston and Gillian Thomas have agreed to co-chairs this committee.
Blog - Loni Shapiro; There is a new seed and plant catalog on the blog.
Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette; spring participation was really good, summer was okay, and fall was very poor. 
New Business
Exec Board Meetings – Jim Mast; board meetings are on the 1st Friday of each month (unless it is the 1st) at 1:00pm at the Extension Office.  Master Gardeners are welcome to attend if they would like to see what we are doing.
Hattie Braun; There is an open position at the Extension Office – official posting on the UofA website.
Gardening Questions?
Do we have a seed library?  No, maybe we could pursue this as a project or have a seed swap.
Next meeting:                     February 12th featuring Kim Howell-Costion
Building Healthly Sols, with Emphasis on Lasagna Gardening (Outdoors & Greenhouse)


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