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NAPI Benefit Fund Project

This $2,500 grant enables us to organize and facilitate garden workshops with our local partnerships and schools at the New Beginnings Community Garden. If your school program or local organization is interested learning more about urban gardening, please contact our project organizer Karyn Denny at (970) 238-1192 or e-mail:

We offer garden education workshops on seed saving, companion planting, composting, and many gardening activities at the New Beginnings Community Garden located on 1050 W. Apache St, in Farmington, NM.

   NAPI Awards Local Non-Profit Organizations for Community Projects

2019 NPBF2019 Navajo Pride Benefit Fund Recipients: (L-R, back) Brandon Francis, Walton Yazzie, Tyrone Begay, Lucinda Barney, Ralph Scott (L-R, front) Karyn Denny, Julie Bedonie, Nora John, and Pamela Drake

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (“NAPI”) – Six local organizations were selected for the Navajo Pride Benefit Fund (“NPBF”) to assist their respective community project, an award worth up to $5,000.The NPBF committee and NAPI management staff presented each organization with their award on September 25 at the main headquarters, south of Farmington, NM.

The NPBF committee selected the following organizations and their community projects:

  • San Juan County Partnership: Opioid Overdose Prevention
  • Chinle Chapter: Community Basketball Court
  • San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District: New Beginnings Community Garden
  • Tohatchi Community Chapter: Nakai Recreational Park
  • Indian Wells Chapter: Veteran Building Handicap Accessibility Ramp
  • Healing Circle Drop-In Center: Achieving Success Through Traditions and Technology
Read more here.

Farm Farmington! Community Agriculture

The Farm Farmington! initiative was started in 2017 as part of a National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant. The purpose of the project was for San Juan SWCD to provide conservation technical assistance and program support to the current upwelling of community agriculture initiatives in our District, and facilitate the support of urban agriculture in the region.

  • Farm Farmington! guide to urban agriculture – Download and share this guide for a review of local agriculture initiatives in the area, regional land use history, resources for starting a garden, and suggestions for creative partnerships.
  • Community garden and agriculture map – Interactive map showing locations of community gardens, growers markets, school gardens, and more!
  • Low cost home gardening guide – Several short documents for DIY gardening for beginners.
  • New Beginnings community garden operations manual – This link will take you to the “Garden Overview” section. Full document is available from our office – contact us if you are interested in a copy.
  • Local Foods, Local Places – Farmington was awarded an EPA Local Foods Local Places grant in 2018, and has since launched a local food task force. 
  • NACD Urban Agriculture Conservation Grant reports – For more detail on tasks completed under this grant, take a look at our grant reports.
  • GoodFoodNM – GoodFoodNM is a bilingual, statewide health texting program that promotes good food and healthy eating to New Mexicans. Get healthy food tips delivered directly to your phone!
  • Compost demonstration workshop overview – Coming soon!

Invasive Weed Management

Most people devote a lot of energy to managing weeds, but how do you know if a plant is a weed or not? Most simply, a weed is “a plant in the wrong place” or any plant that doesn’t meet the management goals of the place where it is growing. An invasive weed is one that is non-native and able to establish on many sites, grow quickly, and spread to the point of disrupting plant communities or ecosystems, and a noxious weed is a plant that can directly or indirectly cause damage to crops, livestock, irrigation, navigation, public health, or the environment (USDA-APHIS).


Russian Olive & Salt Cedar Control

Russian olive and tamarisk (salt cedar) are aggressive, invasive trees that infest river banks, use excessive water, compete with native species, and form dense stands prone to wildfire. Removal and management of these trees is essential to maintaining the health of the rivers and land in our district.

San Juan SWCD projects have cleared over 7,000 acres of Russian olive and salt cedar in the past ten years, and have chemically treated even more acres of resprouts. Through funding from NM State Forestry, US Forest Service, the State of New Mexico, and San Juan County, our projects have removed hazardous fuels for 110 private landowners, and have cleared firebreaks and improved river access for Farmington, Aztec, Bloomfield, San Juan County, Jackson Lake Wildlife Management Area, Navajo Lake State Park, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Reclamation, and the Navajo Nation.

Featured Gallery
Slideshow of successful projects coming soon!

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