Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Loni Shapiro
One of my favorite spring flowers from my old yard. One of many species tulips that the new owner can enjoy. Check out google for photos of many more you can add to your yard.
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 Viola's Flower Garden (610 S. 89A (site of the old Jackson's Grill)). 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
Contacts.
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, March 11, 2016

CMGA Monthly Meeting Minutes


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Minutes
Thursday, March 10 – 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
1601 N. San Francisco

Welcome and announcements – Jim Mast
·         Facebook page is up – thanks to Tammy Valdovino
·         Jackie passed a clipboard with Home Show volunteer sign-ups on it

Introduction of Speakers – Loni Shapiro

Education:  Tips for Starting Seeds – Stephen Scott/Terroir Seeds

Refreshments provided by Loni Shapiro, Betty Marcus and Laurel Grubbs

Business Meeting – Jim Mast
·         Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
o   February:  28 reporting 121 volunteer hours, 50.75 education hours
o   Year to date:  299.25 volunteer hours and 90.25 education hours
·         MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
o   Both the Page and the Flagstaff master gardener classes are going well
o   In 2017 there will be an advanced master gardener class offered in Clarkdale in place of a full conference
·         Home show April 8 – 10, 2016 – Loni Shapiro and Jackie Clark
o    Loni has lined up 15 speakers
o   Jackie still has volunteer slots to fill
·         Financial report – Sue Madden
o   Cash on hand            $8,786.74
o   Paypal                                $58.17
o   Total                             $8,844.91

Committee Reports:
·         FundraisingSherline Alexander
o   Thanks to Jillian Thomas for the books offered as raffle prizes
o   Michelle Kathey will chair the 2017 calendar production
o   Summer garden tours – tentative date is July 30
o   Fall cleanup – we are looking for a chair for this fundraiser
o Garden sale – Michelle Kathey is organizing the sale for April 30
·         Continuing Education – Loni Shapiro
o   April 14:  Greenhouse Gardening – Jim Mast with a fieldtrip to his greenhouse the following Saturday (bring chair and food!)
o   Spring Arboretum plant sale – May 29
o   May:  Self-watering Containers – Jackie Clark
o   June:  Growing Roses at 7,000 Feet – Carol Chicci
o   July:  The Gardens of Paris/France – Molly Larsen; Coconino County Fair preparation
o  August:  Edible Local Native Plants – Sheila Murray
·         BlogLoni Shapiro
o   Some items will probably move to Facebook
·         MG Projects – Jackee Alston
o   Project application are on the blog
o   Applications are due May 31
o   Seed library is well stocked; there is a workday every 4th Thursday
o   Seed swap is March 26 at the extension office
o   Brown bag meeting – March 24 about the seed library
·         Community Markets – Andrea Guerrette
o   Table at Warner’s on 3 days; first date April 23
o   Table dates will be set up at Violas
o   Pansy festival at Violas on April 8
New business
·         Milkweed project – Hattie reports that the project will be looking for 7 gardeners to participate in the experiment – more information to follow as it becomes available
·         There will be an extern for the bus stop garden this summer



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