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, April 5, 2015

New Post from TerraBIRDS

The greenhouse is getting full, and the starts are looking so healthy and amazing! We are going to start moving them outside so they will be ready for planting when you pick them up. Pictured below is red cabbage on the left and collards on the right.

There are still some shares left. Please get in touch with me if you want to register for this year.
Open House and Optional Seed Pick-up
For the second year, we're going to have an open house for 2015 Garden Starts CSA members only. It will be from 9am-12pm on Saturday, April 11 at the NAU greenhouse complex. Come and see where we grow your starts, talk to the folks who grow them, and meet the hard-working volunteers that make it all possible. John Taylor, the director of Terra Birds will be there too. This is your chance to get a behind the scenes tour of this operation and pick up your seeds! If you can not make it, you can pick up your seeds during the first pick up (information on pick-ups coming soon). Directions to greenhouse: We are #79 on the NAU map. Coming from the southwest on Pine Knoll, you will pass a bus stop on your left and then take a right onto a road marked by a blue sign that says greenhouse (among many other things). Once on this street, you'll climb a short hill before coming to the greenhouses and a little parking lot. You can see the greenhouse from Pine Knoll, if you come to a 4 way stop, you went too far. On Saturdays, you can park by the greenhouse, or in the large parking lot in front of the greenhouse without a permit.
Annual Seed Exchange
Also happening next Saturday is the NAU SSLUG and Flagstaff Foodlink are joining up again to host the Annual Seed Exchange from 2-4 pm at Mercado de los Suenos at 2532 E. 7th Ave. (in the Sunnyside neighborhood). This is a free event, and you do not have to have seeds to participate. Please bring envelopes for seeds and a pen/pencil. 
Enjoy your weekend,
Regan Emmons
Director of Grow Program
P.O. Box 605
Flagstaff, AZ 86002
(mobile) 808-344-0904

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