BCMG Audit Committee
Volunteers needed to perform audit due by March 31, 2019, to state.
Contact Frank Sinning.
2019 Meeting Speakers
There are some openings for speakers at our monthly meetings.
Contact Susan Chamberlain if you have some ideas or volunteers.
Spring Seminar 2019 Volunteers
Volunteers Needed for Spring Seminar Committees.
Be a part of our 25th Anniversary!!
Sign up at next MG meeting!!
The Baxter County Master Gardeners presented four End of Year Awards at the December 13th meeting.
Judy Niziolek (2012) was the recipient of the 2018 Master Gardener of the Year Award. Judy's service to the BCMGs includes multiple years co-chair of the annual plant sale; and she is currently chairman of the Extension Office Project Site.
The 2018 Project Site of the Year Award was received by the Bull Shoals/White River State Park Gardens co-chairs Betsy Durham (2009) and Marguerita Schmutzler (2006).
Debbie Legner (2017) received the 2018 Rookie of the Year Award. Debbie is the "Ozark Green Thumb" newsletter editor and Buddy Message Coordinator.
The 2018 Friend of the BCMG Award was announced during the 97.1 Mountain Talk Radio Show to Scott Ramos. BCMGs appreciate the air time that gives us the opportunity to tell the public about gardening topics and activities of the Baxter County Master Gardeners.
Congratulations to all the award recipients!
1 - Extension office is closed
4 & 5 - Horticulture Industry Show, Fayetteville, AR.
11 - Deadline for MG Award Nominations
15 - Deadline for Years of Service List from counties. Email list to firstname.lastname@example.org
15 - Registration for 2019 MG Conference opens
15 - Deadline for County MG Project Scholarship Nominations
22 - County 76 General Membership Meeting, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., State Extension Office in Little Rock, 2301 South University Ave.
28 - Master Gardener Monday, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. (link sent out morning of the meeting day)
The following is the January garden checklist:
County 76 Advanced Training Project is sponsoring three classes for the Spring of 2019. Participation in all three will provide you a variety of information to apply in your home/garden, local Master Gardener program, and your community. All are reasonably priced.
MARCH 8 (Fri) & 9 (Sat) - Crittenden County: Master Gardeners: Faithful Stewards of the Environment
MARCH 26 (Tues) & 27 (Wed) - Faulkner County: Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives
MAY 31 (Friday) - Pulaski County: H2O: How to Protect, Preserve and Conserve our Water
More information can be found on the County 76 / Advanced Training page
Click here to see more information
Marty Lynch, Chair
Advanced Training Project
Master Gardener Mondays
Master Gardener Monday sessions are generally held the fourth Monday of every month from 3:00 - 4:00 pm ONLINE using ZOOM. The dates are posted in Buddy Messages. A link to access the ZOOM session will be sent the morning of the meeting.
Here are some aids to help you join a Zoom Meeting:
Quick Tip sheet for Joining a Zoom Meeting
Detailed Directions (by device) from the Zoom Help Center: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362283-How-Do-I-Join-or-Test-My-Computer-Device-Audio-
Plant, Nurture, Grow
ATTENTION ALL MASTER GARDENERS:
Save the dates of August 23-24, 2019, for our next PLANT, NUTURE, GROW Leadership Conference, (PNG) in Ferndale!!
· Enjoy fellowship and fun while you improve your leadership skills.
· Improve your personal understanding of the Master Gardening program.
Save August 23-24, 2019 for PNG!! (not the date shown on MG calendars)
AUGUST 23-24, 2019
Ferndale –C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center
Chair: Debora Carpenter (Prairie County)
Co-chair: Gail McClure (Hot Spring/Garland Counties)
15 - Volunteer hours deadline for 2018
17 - Master Gardener Monday Zoom Session, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (link will be emailed out to those on constant contact the morning of the session)
24 thru Jan. 1 - State Extension Office closed for the holidays.
Mark Keaton is retiring December 2018.
Mark Keaton is the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Agent Staff Chair for Baxter County. As county Extension Agent in Baxter County, Mark works with livestock and forage producers, homeowners and the 4-H youth. He is an Ex-Officio Member of the Baxter County Fair Board. Mark holds Classes to train Fair Judges. He also recruits and trains Master Gardener volunteers to represent the Extension Service and to help disseminate gardening information.
Mark grew up on a beef cattle and poultry farm in northwest Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with Bachelor and Master of Science degrees. He began working for the Cooperative Extension Service in 1985 and transferred to Baxter County in 1989. Mark was awarded the 2016 Arkansas Master Gardener County Agent of the Year.
As our County Extension Agent, Mark Keaton is our liaison with the University of Arkansas Agriculture Department. Mark supports Baxter County MGs with his accessibility and knowledge and his attendance at our Board and Membership Meetings. Mark has a weekly column regarding horticulture, farming and livestock issues and the "Monthly Gardening Calendar" published in our local newspaper, the Baxter Bulletin. Mark chairs the Baxter County Extension Council Agriculture Sub-Committee meetings to review programs and to identify needs for Baxter County citizens. Mark as Staff Chair, and Billie Collins 4-H, helped Arkansas host the 2016 National Agriculture County Agents Association Conference. Over a thousand agents nationwide attended the Conference to receive professional development during the hundreds of sessions offered.
Mark and his wife Donya live in Midway. Their son, Brett is 22 years old and will graduate in May 2019 from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with an Ag Business degree. Mark enjoys going to Razorback football and baseball games; watching St. Louis Cardinal Baseball games; and Professional Bull Riding and rodeos.
Thank you, Mark, for all the support you have given the Baxter County Master Gardeners. We will miss you. Enjoy your retirement!!!
Arkansas Master Gardeners
Reporting Volunteer Hours Deadline for 2018
is December 15, 2018
Please enter ALL your volunteer hours for 2018 by December 15, 2018.
If you have trouble reporting your hours,
contact your county online reporting manager.
The system closes on December 15, 2018.
Every hour is important!
Final numbers are used in state and county reports.
SAVE THE DATE
Healthy Trees, Healthy Lives Advanced Training Class
Hosted by Faulkner County Master Gardeners
Dates: March 26 & 27, 2019 (Tues. Wed)
Location: First United Methodist Church, Conway, Arkansas, 1610 Prince St, Conway, AR 72034
Overview: Research shows that having trees in communities has many benefits. From improving the health of residents and reducing flooding of city streets to encouraging economic development and reducing crime, communities are healthier when they have an abundance of well-cared for trees. This training will introduce Master Gardeners to concepts of community forestry. Master Gardeners will gain understanding of the value of trees in communities and be empowered to improve their own communities by providing tree care guidance and assistance.
Registration will be available in January.