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!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 2015 Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 2/12/15

Education - Kim Howell-Costion presented “Building Healthy Soils, with Emphasis on Lasagna Gardening”.
Kim spoke a little on "double dug lasagna" gardening technique, the importance of humus and Michael Melendrez' "soil secrets".   Kim is a popular gardening instructor and has developed 15 organic gardening classes for high desert gardening conditions in Northern Arizona. These classes have been offered at Coconino Community College and Northland Pioneer College. Kim also has produced a video on the Double Dug Lasagna gardening techniques that has proven effective for her time and again. She designed and operates a community supported agriculture plant seedling program for participants from her solar greenhouse located near Snowflake, Arizona and is co-owners of Ashokala Gardens.  
Business Meeting – Jim Mast
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
·         Conference
o    The next meeting is March 11th, 1:00pm at the Ext. OFF. 2304 3rd St.
·         Spring Class

    • TH, 1-4:30pm. 2/5 - 5/14/2015, N. AZ Health Care 1000 N Humphreys.
    • Jim Mast will be giving a class on vegetables in a couple of weeks.
·         Home Show
o    April 10, 11, and 12.  Set-up April 9th, tear-down April 12 and 13.  Still need a chair for this project.  This year will be free admission.  We will occupy 8 booths to accommodate talks.  Will not be at the Dome; it will be held at NAU Fieldhouse, located at 1050 S. Knoles Dr.
·         Earth Day
o    Saturday, April 18th at City Hall. – What we normally do for this is answer garden questions and give a garden talk.  Volunteer sign-up sheet available at the table.

Financial report – Sue Madden
·         PayPal balance is $188.20.  We should transfer $188 to bank account, $60 aprons, $190 dues, $61 raffle,$20 donations, $102 calendars.  Current balance $5229.29 plus the PayPal balance.
Vice President – Ed Skiba
·         Looking for someone with audio/visual expertise.
Committee Reports:
Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
·         Discounts at all nurseries for CMGA members remains the same as last year.  Cards will be available for distribution next meeting, but if you need your card right away please contact Crys.
·         For our current volunteer hours 28 individuals reported 339 hours (247.5 for 2014 and 91.5 for 2015)
2014 volunteer total - 4247
2014 education total - 694.5
2015 YTD volunteer - 91.5
2015 YTD education - 32.5
Fund Raising – Debbie James – I am looking for someone to head-up the fall clean-up this year.  Molly Larson will make herself available to talk about what she did last year to organize this. 
·         Aprons $15 each – Loni Shapiro
·         Current calendars half price $6 each -  James Kasennich
·         Garden Tours - Colleen Tucker – is looking for garden tour volunteers.
Continuing Education/Blog – Loni Shapiro
·         MarchNicole Gregory Seed Starting 
·         AprilEd Skiba – One hole at a time 
·         May -Jim Mast -  Small Community Garden - Vegetable Gardening
·         June - Hattie Braun – Garden Flowers for Flagstaff
·         July -  Resources for Extra Garden Produce (Art Babbott/Community Market- Foodlink/Terra Birds - Food Kitchen - Hermosa Vida -  Restaurant) - still working on this
·         August - Grasses - Kirsten Olmon, MNA and Susan Lamb Bean, author
·         October – open
·         November – Linda Guarino – GMO’s
Blog – Loni Shapiro
·         Market on the Move (flyer on the blog) – Elks Lodge 2/18, 3/18, 4/15, 5/20 - 60lbs of produce for $15.
MG Projects – Jackee Alston and Gili Thomas - The letter was reworked for 2015 and available on the blog.  We will start determining the number of grants CMGA can provide and how much money each grant will be.  Advertisements for requests will get started.
Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette – will focus efforts in the Spring.
Gardening Questions?
Can we start pruning trees and bushes.  Yes.Next meeting:                     March - Nicole Gregory about Seed Starting


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