I couldn't resist this photo from Cindy Murray even though it is the back of the bird. For all you bird watchers it is a Ruby Crowned Kinglet on an Alberta spruce tree. And no she did not Photoshop it!
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 underContacts. 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.
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.
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
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.
Rio Salado College is hiring for someone to teach correspondence
courses to prison inmates enrolled in a certificate program in
Sustainable Food Systems. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for
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.
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,
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.
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.