Backyard Conservation Workshops
San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with San Juan College and Growing Forward Farm, leads a series of Backyard Conservation Workshops to help you apply conservation practices to your own farm, garden, and backyard. Workshop participants also receive free materials to implement conservation practices taught within the workshops.
Scroll down to find past workshop materials, presentations, and videos.
Our Workshops Have Expanded!!!
We now offer 2 sets of Backyard Conservation Workshops!
The workshops in partnership with San Juan College take place in the classroom and cover the foundational knowledge for each topic.
The workshops in partnership with Growing Forward Farm use 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 9am-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.
To register for a workshop at San Juan College, contact the San Juan College Community Learning Center at 505-566-3214, or register online.
San Juan SWCD recognized that the $10 registration fee may impose a financial burden to some. As part of our goal is to help you have the resources and financial means to apply conservation practices where you live, we do not want the registration fee to prevent you from attending these workshops. If you need San Juan SWCD to cover this cost on your behalf, please contact us and we would be happy to help you attend these workshops, free of charge. Contact Andy Bleckinger, 505-234-6040 x2, email@example.com.
Please understand that if we cover the cost for you and you do not attend the workshop (either virtually or in person), you will not be eligible for free materials or for us to cover your registration cost in the future.
2/26/2022 - Water-Smart Landscaping & Rainwater Harvesting
3/26/2022 - Advanced Soil Health
4/30/2022 - Invasive Weed Management
5/28/2022 - Advanced Cover Crops - Living mulch, Green manure, and Intercropping
6/25/2022 - Managing Wildlife & Soil Health on Rangeland and Pastures
7/30/2022 - Seed Harvesting and Storage
Schedule of Workshops at San Juan College
Workshops at Growing Forward Farm
UPDATE: The following workshops previously scheduled for Growing Forward Farm will be taking place at our new office at 301 McWilliams Road in Aztec.
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 take place at our new office (301 McWilliams Rd, Aztec, NM 87410), on Tuesdays, 4pm-7pm. Check the Calendar for all scheduled events.
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, and so that we can keep you in the loop if there are any changes. Thanks!
- Multiple DatesTue, May 31San Juan Soil & Water Conservation Dist.San Juan Soil & Water Conservation District is offering 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,
Schedule of Workshops at Growing Forward Farm
3/29/2022 - Advanced Soil Health
4/19/2022 - Tree Planting and Care
5/31/2022 - Advanced Cover Crops
Participants can receive free materials for each workshop. Participants must attend the workshops, either in-person or virtually, to receive the free materials. You can pick and choose which materials you need to best apply the techniques learned to your own property. After the workshop, just Contact Andy with the material you would prefer. Note that some items will not be immediately available, but we will let you know when they arrive. 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.)
Soil and Seed Sifting Trays (Typically we purchase this style, but the brand and color may differ.)
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!)
4-Zone Water Timers (Typically we purchase this style, but the brand and color may differ.)
Is there something else that can help you meet your soil health and water conservation goals? Let us know!
Seed Starter Media (Coconut Coir)
BCW Resources by Topic
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.
This is the foundation of the Backyard Conservation Workshop series