San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with San Juan College, 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, 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, contact the San Juan College Community Learning Center. You can register through their website or by phone.

Winter/Spring 2021 Workshops:

Water-Smart Landscaping and Rainwater Harvesting (TBD): 1/30
Organic Gardening and Permaculture (TBD): 2/27
Advanced Tree Planting and Care (free trees/shrubs): 3/27
Soil Health: Composting, Mulching, and Cover Cropping (free soil test): 4/24
Managing Invasive Weeds and Cover Cropping (free seeds): 5/22
Managing Wildlife, Attracting Pollinators, and Beekeeping (TBD): 6/26
Seed Harvesting and Storage (free seeds): 7/31

July 31, 2021 – Native Plants: Seed Harvesting and Storage (free native pollinator plants and seeds)
August 28, 2021 – Water-Smart Landscaping & Rainwater Harvesting (free rain barrels)
September 25, 2021 – Soil Health: Compost, Mulch, and Cover Crops (free composter)
October 30,  2021 – Managing Invasive Weeds (free cover crop seeds)
November 20,  2021 – Water Conservation and Fertilizer Management (free soil tests)

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 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.