Coconino Master Gardener Association

Tulipa tarda one of my favorite species tulips. Cultivation of tulips began in Persia and spread to Turkey and Afghanistan and these beauties thrive on climates with long, cool springs and dry summers. Species tulips are one of the early blooming tulips in Flagstaff. There are a few in the Arboretum gardens and many at Olivia White Hospice Gardens. They are short, close to the ground, and come in many colors and shapes, bur usually more open than the standard Holland tulips. Look for these to plant in the fall for next year.
Loni Shapiro

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!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Farmer+Chef Connection

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The 6th Annual Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection will convene a statewide network of local food producers and buyers interested in expanding their local food offerings.
Farmer+Chef is the state’s only event of its kind, aimed at building food supply chains at the local level. For the first time, the event, which brings together food businesses from across Arizona, will be hosted in Tucson, AZ.
Any entrepreneur or food service business that is dedicated to building a better community, environment and economy through local food supply chains has a place at Arizona Farmer+Chef Connection!
For buyers, this includes: Chefs, restaurant owners and management; hotels, venues and catering businesses; hospitals and holistic health centers; education and government food service procurement; food processors and distributors; elder and youth care facilities, culinary schools and more!

For Producers, this includes: Farmers (veggies, grains, beans, etc.), ranchers and animal husbandry; bread bakers, cake makers and confectioners; cheese craters, dairies and apiaries; vintners, brewers, distillers and more!
Members of the public and nonprofit community are welcome to join us for any parts of the day as well, and are encouraged to check out our end of day reception, starting at 5 pm.
This cornerstone piece is an all day vendor fair exclusively featuring the best local food products Arizona has to offer. Producers, distributors and value added processors line up with displays, samples of their products and wholesale business to business information. Meet our producers to learn what is and will be in season, and set up future procurement relationships. More info for vendors here.
Breakout Sessions run in tandem with the Suppliers’ Marketplace, offering attendees a customizable experience. Sessions and panels will cover a diverse array of topics important to building up local food supply chains and establishing successful farm to table relationships. A full schedule and speaker info will be released in the coming weeks.

As the day wraps up, vendors and attendees let loose for an end of day reception that features locally sourced appetizers and Arizona wine and beer. The end of day reception will run from 5-7 pm.
Wednesday, 9/16
12:00 - 7:30 PM
Tucson Convention Ctr
260 S Church Ave
Tucson, 85701
$10 - General Admission
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