Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Cindy Murray some of the beautiful fall color - maple and aspen..

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
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!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Foodlink July Newsletter

Want to start a farm?

In this issue: Flagstaff Urban Farm Land Initiative, chicken coop search, job opportunity and more!

Want to start a farm? The City of Flagstaff has land for you.

The City of Flagstaff is excited to announce the Flagstaff Urban Farm Land Initiative. In an effort to expand urban agriculture and support economic development in Flagstaff, the City of Flagstaff is accepting applicants for an urban farm, where vacant City land will be licensed for farming for four-year terms at $100 per year. For the pilot effort, there is a 0.2-acre parcel available south of the former Public Works Yard on 419 North Mogollon. To be considered, please submit a completed application by 9 pm MST on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

Photo credit: Tamara Hastie
Apply Here

Want to show off your chicken coop?
Do you keep chickens and live in Sunnyside, Greenlaw, Swiss Manor, Shadow Mountain, or Grandview? We're looking for people who are willing to show off their home chicken coop as part of our annual Tour de Coop on Saturday, October 6! Email us at flagstafffoodlink@gmail.com.

Learn More

Congratulations to Pinon Garden! 
Pinon Community Garden received a Neighborhood Sustainability Grant from the City of Flagstaff! The $2,000 received will go towards the installation of water-conserving drip irrigation, a community bulletin board, and plant ID tags. The garden was recently planted with low water native and herbaceous plants as well as a small orchard of plum, apple, and cherry trees. The irrigation was set up on two zones so that the native and perennial plants, once established, will no longer require supplemental water (except during periods of extreme drought). The orchard trees were planted in a low lying area with greater access to seasonal water/moist soil. 
Learn More

Other local food happenings...

Rio Salado College is hiring for someone to teach correspondence courses to prison inmates enrolled in a certificate program in Sustainable Food Systems. Contact shelley.dennis@riosalado.edu for next steps.

Arizona Mead and Cider Festival - August 4, 2018
Worm Workshop - August 15, 2018
Farmer Chef Connection - September 10, 2018
Little Colorado River Farmers Market - Every Saturday through Sept 15, 2018
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Weeding at Kachina Wetlands


WEED PULLING PARTY AT KACHINA WETLANDS
 
July 21, 7 am to 11 am
 
If you are interested in improving Kachina Wetlands, please consider volunteering for one to three hours on July 21st between 7  -11 am. Due to the dedicated efforts of volunteers last summer, 80% of the knapweed at Kachina has been eliminated. It's very important for us to remove as many flowering plants as possible so that they don't respread into areas where weeds have been removed. 
Please bring a shovel, gloves, water, and sunscreen.  Weeds will be fairly easy to remove, thanks to recent rains. 
Watermelon and cookies will be provided. 
    Kachina Wetlands is a Northern Audubon Bird Sanctuary, and over 200 species of birds have been known to use it. Volunteers will see herons, egrets, and other species of waterfowl while they're working.
For more information, contact Christina Vojta, christina.vojta@nau.edu.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

August CMGA Meeting Agenda



Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

6:30-6:35pm    Welcome-Sherline Alexander   
6:35-6:40pm    Introduction of Speakers—Gilli Thomas
6:40-7:45pm    Education:  Nigel Sparks, Water Harvesting
       
(15 minute break with refreshments)
7:45-8:00pm      Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win

8:00-8:25pm    Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander
 
MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
  • 2018 Fall into Gardening Conference for Master Gardeners at Trinity Hts Church
  • Wednesday Market on 4th Street—Volunteers are needed
  • Posters/visuals for the County Fair
  • CMGA Hotline  
  • Possible Citizen Science Projects for Ponderosa Pine Needle Composting
        Financial Report—Molly Larsen       
Committee Progress Reports:
Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens July 21, 2018– Jenny Quarteman and Colleen Tucker report on this year’s Tour     
Continuing Education—Gilli Thomas
  • September 23 Annual Potluck/Recognition Picnic at Viola’s from 12-2pm
  • October 11 Jan Busco – Summer in the MNA Gardens
  • November 8 Nigel Sparks – Landscaping
  • December 13 Christmas Party   
Volunteer Support—Tim Ellsworth-Bowers /Crys Wells
Flagstaff Monthly Garden Tours - Susan Thompson and Lori Tamblingson
Blog/Communication – Loni Shapiro
Social – Liz George
MG Projects/Seed Library – Jackie Alston
        Historian—Tammy Valdovino
Fundraising—Open - Need volunteer for fundraising chair/committee.
New Business:
8:25-8:30    Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:    September 23–Annual Recognition Potluck/Picnic at Violas, 12-2pm

Friday, July 13, 2018

Residential Compost Pick-up

Residential Compost Pick up!
 
Corbin Composting in partnership with Forestdale Farm 
 
Greetings composters and friends of compost,
Corbin Composting in partnership with Forestdale Farm are picking up Flagstaff’s residential compost collection where Roots Composting left off. We would love to serve you and meet your compost needs.
We will be offering monthly residential compost collection with pick ups on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. We will provide you with a 5 gallon bucket which we will switch out each pickup. (One time non-refundable $5 bucket deposit.)
Cost is $20/month in Flagstaff and $25/month for Doney Park, Kachina Village, and Mountainaire.
Thank you for your interest and understanding while we fine tune the process to work for you while also making this sustainable enough to continue into the future. We welcome your feedback and recommendations on how to optimize the service.
We would like to begin in July but will need a minimum of 25 folks in order to begin. If you are interested, please let us know by responding back to this email. If not, please feel free to share this information with anyone you think may be interested. We will not ask you to pay until we get to our critical mass. At that time, we will email out contracts and ask for payment.
We are excited to offer this service and work with you. Thank you,
Cara Corbin and Rylan Morton-Starner

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunnyside Farmers Market

Hi Master Gardeners:

Andrea and Galen Guerrette and Kira Farmer and Brooke Freeman have done a great job at the Sunnyside Farmers Market. Even though attendance is low, we would like to keep up our tabling presence at the market. The market is 2:30-6:30 on Wednesdays and runs until Sept. 12.

Kira and Brooke have come up with different activities to attract people to the table. For tomorrow, July 11, they will have our weed display where folks can guess what the weed is. We could use 1-2 more MG volunteers.

Next week we will have a 'wheel of fortune' type wheel. For participants that spin the wheel, if they answer a question, they get a prize. We could use 1-2 more MG volunteers to answer gardening questions.

Kira's last day with us is tomorrow and Brooke's is July 26. If you can help with the next two markets, or future markets, please let me know, or sign up at our CMGA meeting on Thursday. Andrea and Galen are away right now.

I don't have the Sunnyside Farmer's Market sign up sheet so if you already signed up, my apologies. Just let me know.

Hattie
           
Hattie Braun
County Director
Assistant in Extension
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Coconino Cooperative Extension
University of Arizona
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004

Phone: (928)773-6118
Fax: (928)774-1860
hbraun@cals.arizona.edu

Sunday, July 1, 2018

CMGA July Meeting Agenda

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

6:30-6:35pm    Welcome-Sherline Alexander   
6:35-6:40pm    Introduction of Speakers—Gilli Thomas
6:40-7:45pm    Education:  Nick Wilhelmi, Tree Diseases
(15 minute break with refreshments)
7:45-8:00pm      Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win
8:00-8:25pm    Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander
 
        Financial Report—Molly Larsen       
Committee Progress Reports:
Summer CMGA Garden Sale-Judy Springer
Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens July 21, 2018– Jenny Quarteman and Colleen Tucker       
jennyanneq@gmail.com 720-560-7575
Continuing Education—Gilli Thomas
  • August 9 Speaker Nigel Sparks—Water Harvesting
  • September date TBA Annual Picnic
  • October 11 Jan Busco – Summer in the MNA Gardens
  • November 8 Nigel Sparks – Landscaping
  • December 13 Christmas Party   
Volunteer Support—Tim Ellsworth-Bowers /Crys Wells
Flagstaff Monthly Garden Tours - Susan Thompson and Lori Tamblingson
CMGA Support –/Andrea Guerrette
  • Wednesday Market 2:30 to 6:30 at Market of Dreams
Blog/Communication – Loni Shapiro 
Social – Liz George 
MG Projects/Seed Library – Jackee Alston
Historian—Tammy Valdovino
 Fundraising Chair—Open

8:25-8:30    Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:    August 9–Nigel Sparks Water Harvesting