The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy

Maricopa Master Gardener

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    Dragonfly Day returns to the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area on March 29th, 2014.

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The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension in Maricopa County has a vibrant and active Master Gardener program and volunteer force. There are three parts to becoming and staying a Certified Master Gardener: 1) attending the training, which provides novice and experienced gardeners alike with the opportunity to improve their horticultural knowledge and skills, and 2) sharing at least 25 hours of expertise and time with the public through organized volunteer activities, and 3) earning at least 12 hours of personal continuing education.

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Sonoran Desert Master Gardener Conference

Learn about trees, gardening techniques, eco-design and the good and harmful insects that live in our yards and gardens.

Phoenix urban forester and our friend, Richard Adkins, is featured in the Sunday edition of the Arizona Republic.

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Arizona State Forestry announces the next grant cycle for the 2014 Urban and Community Forestry – Community Challenge Grant Program. Application information, forms, and submittal instructions are now available on their website ( under ‘Community Forestry Grants/Community Challenge Grants’. Grant applications for this program are due by 5:00PM, on Friday, 24 October 2014.

This year, they strongly encourage applications with an emphasis on: Advocacy, Policy and Community Planning

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We have a full-time, benefits-eligible position open at the Cooperative Extension office in Phoenix. The person will work half-time as a receptionist and half-time as a secretary for the Agroecology and Ag Literacy programs. We would love to have someone that is familiar with our programs and loves interacting with the public. Please forward this on to anyone you feel may be interested.

To find out more about the position and apply, visit:

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