Our Backyard Conservation Workshops are expanding!!! With the addition of new grant funds, we are now able to offer 2 sets of Backyard Conservation Workshops! The workshops in partnership with San Juan College will still take place in the classroom and cover the knowledge foundation and some of the more technical aspects of each topic, while the workshops in partnership with San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service and the new Growing Forward Farm will take a hands-on practical approach, looking at how the various conservation practices have been applied to the farm and how you could apply them to your own yard, garden, or farm.

~~Workshops at San Juan College~~

San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with San Juan College Community Learning Center, offers a series of Backyard Conservation Workshops designed to bring conservation practices from farms and ranches to your backyard.

Spend a Saturday (or several of them) developing and improving conservation practices to bring beauty and diversity to your yard, regardless if your yard is measured in acres, feet, or flower pots. Learn skills that farmers and ranchers use to help them meet their production goals while protecting natural resources. Workshops have the bonus of free materials given to participants, under guidelines of grant funding and availability. These workshops can be taken individually for $10 each. Each class is 9 am-noon, Saturday. Workshops can be attended either in-person, or virtually with links to online videos of the presentations and a live Zoom workshop; students will need a phone, tablet, or computer to join the Zoom workshop. Please provide an email that you check regularly and can access from home. Course ID: CHOHO 283. (40 max, free materials will be given to the first 25 students registered) Instructors: SAN JUAN SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT (SJSWCD)

To register for a workshop at San Juan College, contact the San Juan College Community Learning Center at 505-566-3214, or register online at the link below.
https://sanjuancollegeclc.coursestorm.com/category/hobbies-home

Summer/Fall 2021 Workshops at San Juan College:
June 26, 2021, 9am-12pm – Managing Wildlife, Attracting Pollinators, and Beekeeping
July 31, 2021, 9am-12pm – Native Plants: Seed Harvesting and Storage
August 28, 2021, 9am-12pm – Water-Smart Landscaping & Rainwater Harvesting
September 25, 2021, 9am-12pm – Soil Health: Compost, Mulch, and Cover Crops
October 30,  2021, 9am-12pm – Managing Invasive Weeds
November 20,  2021, 9am-12pm – Water Conservation and Fertilizer Management

Free Materials:
Participants can receive free materials for each workshop. Participants must attend the workshops, either in-person or virtually, to receive the free materials. While in the past, each workshop had a specific material tied to it, such as a rain barrel or soil test, you can pick and choose what you need to best apply the techniques learned to your own property. After the workshop, just send us an email (business@sanjuanswcd.com) with the material you would prefer. Note that some items will not be immediately available, but we will let you know when they are. Here is the current list of materials that you can pick from, but if there is something else that you would prefer that would help you apply conservation techniques, just ask and we will see if we can add it to the list.

Free Materials Currently Available:
Rain Barrel (Typically we purchase this style, but the brand and color may differ.)
Tumbling Composter (Typically we purchase this style, but the brand and color may differ.)
Native Trees, Plants, and Shrubs (We do 1 order in the fall and 1 in the spring, so you can add yourself to the list.)
Soil Moisture Meters (Typically we purchase this style, but the brand and shape may differ.)
Soil Tests (We do 1 batch of tests in the spring and 1 in the fall, so you can add yourself to either list. Attending multiple workshops allows you multiple free tests.)
Cover Crop Seeds (We have a variety of cover crop seed mixes available, depending on the season and your goals. Up to 1 acre of seed.)
Pollinator Seeds
(We have a variety of pollinator seed mixes available, depending on the season and your goals. Up to 4000 Sq. Ft. of seed.)
Garden Seeds (These are always free and available to the public through the San Juan Seed Savers Association. Not sure what is best to plant this time of year? Just Ask!)
Is there something else that can help you meet your soil health goals? Let us know!

~~Workshops at Growing Forward Farm~~

San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District is partnering up with San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service to offer hands-on workshops demonstrating the practical application of conservation techniques at a community farm, and discussing how those techniques can be implemented at your own yard, garden, or farm. These workshops will take place at Growing Forward Farm (216 S Oliver Dr, Aztec, NM 87410) and/or at our new office (currently under construction). While registration for most of these workshops is free, we do ask that you register so that we prepare enough materials for each of the participants. Thanks!

Summer/Fall 2021 Workshops at Growing Forward Farm: Includes FREE GARDEN HARVESTS
Friday, September 10, 9am-1pm. Soil Health for Invasive Weeds (REGISTER HERE ON EVENTBRITE)
Thursday, September 16, 4pm-7pm. Seed Harvesting and Storage
Thursday, September 30, 4pm-7pm. Soil Health Part 1
Thursday, October 7, 4pm-7pm. Soil Health Part 2
Thursday, October 14th, 4pm-7pm. 
Growing Forward Farm Open House. Everyone is invited!

To register for a workshop at Growing Forward Farm, 
register online, or contact Andy Bleckinger with San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District at 505-234-6040 x2. (Online registration is preferred)

Free Garden Harvests
At the end of each Growing Forward Farm workshop, participants will be invited to harvest some of the crops from the demonstration areas for their own enjoyment. Aztec Feed and Supply and True Leaf Market donated the produce seeds to help us demonstrate various cover crop techniques and are available for participants to take for free. Availability depends on production, thoroughness of previous harvests, and when we get our first frost. Only a couple small designated areas are intended for this purpose, so please do not harvest anything without attending one of these workshops and with clear direction from our staff. Thanks!

Free Materials:
Participants can receive free materials and resources for each workshop. Participants must attend the workshops to receive the free materials. While in the past, each workshop had a specific material tied to it, such as a rain barrel or soil test, you can pick and choose what you need to best apply the techniques learned to your own property. After the workshop, just send us an email (business@sanjuanswcd.com) with the material would prefer. Note that some items will not be immediately available, but we will let you know when they are. Here is the current list of materials that you can pick from, but if there is something else that you would prefer that would help you apply conservation techniques, just ask and we will see if we can add it to the list.

Free Materials Currently Available:
Rain Barrel (Typically we purchase this style, but the brand and color may differ.)
Tumbling Composter (Typically we purchase this style, but the brand and color may differ.)
Native Trees, Plants, and Shrubs (We do 1 order in the fall and 1 in the spring, so you can add yourself to the list.)
Soil Moisture Meters (Typically we purchase this style, but the brand and shape may differ.)
Soil Tests (We do 1 batch of tests in the spring and 1 in the fall, so you can add yourself to either list. Attending multiple workshops allows you multiple free tests.)
Cover Crop Seeds (We have a variety of cover crop seed mixes available, depending on the season and your goals. Up to 1 acre of seed.)
Pollinator Seeds 
(We have a variety of pollinator seed mixes available, depending on the season and your goals. Up to 4000 Sq. Ft. of seed.)
Garden Seeds (These are always free and available to the public through the San Juan Seed Savers Association. Not sure what is best to plant this time of year? Just Ask!)
Is there something else that can help you meet your soil health goals? Let us know!

 

***If you would like to access the presentation or handout materials from a past workshop, select the course topic below. You can also check out our Backyard Conservation Workshop videos on our San Juan SWCD YouTube Channel.

NOTICE: During the COVID-19 outbreak, our staff is working remotely. To contact us, email business@sanjuanswcd.com or call our new office phone number (505-234-6040) which will connect you directly to us. We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding.