Working With Dirt
Projects in the Working with Dirt category offer volunteers an opportunity to grow and maintain plants or trees. These community service projects offer volunteers the opportunity to learn best horticultural practices like while working side by side with highly experienced gardeners. Many of these projects are open to the public to participate.

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PLEASE NOTE – This page is under construction. Not all approved projects are represented yet.


Corrales Community Gardens


The Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners volunteers maintain the gardens around the Corrales Municipal Buildings and the Corrales Library.  The gardens around the municipal building demonstrate those plants well adapted to clay soils.  The SEMG volunteers received a grant from Intel Corporation to develop a pollinator garden which may be found on the east side of the Corrales Community Library.  This garden was planted during the fall of 2020.

The Corrales Family Practice/Harper Community Garden


The Corrales Family Practice/Harper Community Garden is a donation garden. We grow a variety of fresh vegetables for St Felix Pantry and the Corrales Senior Center. Volunteers from the community and the Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners in collaboration with Seed2Need staff the garden. The public may participate by contacting Linda Walsh ( or Barb Boyd (


HOMEscape Design Solutions


What is HOMEscape Design Solutions?

Attend this 6-session, hands-on workshop to learn how to create your personal dream “HOMEscape.”  Master Gardeners will inspire you to complete your landscape project as you learn the tools of site planning.

This unique workshop – an enhancement to the Master Gardener program and open to the public – promises to inspire, empower, and encourage participants to successfully plan and execute their dream landscape!

Your team of master gardeners and students will visit your garden to provide suggestions and ideas for YOUR dream landscape! Also available is one-on-one consultation from the expert instructors!

Course topics

Course work focuses on artistic design and includes aspects of Permaculture – an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living, Xeriscaping – a style of landscaping and gardening that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation, Feng Shui – incredible tips to promote harmony and balance, Southwest Native Plants – that thrive in our harsh environment, Hardscape essentials, Basic tree care, and much, much more!!

HOMEscape Solutions Design Workshop will be Covid-19 compliant and held virtually, with all safety guidelines as proposed by NMSU and present via live virtual classroom and Covid-19 compliant Home Visits.  This WORKSHOP is scheduled for October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 2021. Class is limited to 20 participants and fills up fast. There is a small fee for this workshop; your confirmed registration will be complete with receipt of your payment.


New Beginnings Garden 


The New Beginnings Garden is a joint garden project initiated in 2011 between the Sandoval County Master Gardeners and the Valle del Sol Adult PSR Program.  The New Beginnings clients, with assistance & advice from volunteer Master Gardeners, grow vegetables and ornamentals in elevated garden beds and in a large in-ground plot.   The project incorporates horticultural, environmental, and nutritional education as part of the late winter through fall gardening activities.  Volunteers and PSR clients alike have enjoyed the camaraderie and team spirit that grows each year with this project.  The New Beginnings clients have gained an amazing appreciation for nature, gardening, harvesting fresh produce along with individual enhanced self-esteem.

The office and gardens are located at the Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Bernalillo at 301 S. Camino Del Pueblo.  The parish, its employees, and volunteers are stakeholders of this project.

Normally, the project team meets regularly from April through September every Thursday ~10:00 am – 11:00 am at the garden.   The project team meets less frequently in the fall through the first frost.  Thereafter, the meeting times are selected by the team to meet indoors on select Thursdays in late fall, winter, and early spring.

COVID-19 Alert!   Alternate safe meeting and safety requirements are currently in place for this project.   Contact us for specific information.  Public Volunteers are Welcome to Participate !!! 

Placitas Community Library Landscaping Committee


The Placitas Community Library (PCL) maintains the Library’s Certified Wildlife Habitat, native garden/landscape (as a local demonstration of xeriscape) and labyrinth that draws many residents/visitors on this Sandoval County property.  As such, the all-volunteer Landscaping Committee is responsible for garden planning/designing, weeding, maintaining, and upgrading the Library grounds.  The Landscape Committee also is involved with the Library’s annual fund-raising Plant Sale, and the Placitas Garden Tour, of which the PCL Library gardens/property are a part.



Seed2Need is a collaborative effort between the Sandoval Extension Master Gardeners, property owners in the village of Corrales and other volunteer groups. Our mission is to reduce hunger in our community by growing fresh fruits and vegetables and donating it to food pantries in Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties.  Since 2010, Seed2Need has donated over 585,000 pounds of produce. The food pantries we serve pick up the produce at the gardens. As a result, it can be in the hands of the families who need it within hours of harvest.  The increase in unemployment and food insecurity resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic makes Seed2Need’s mission more important now than ever.

Seed2Need is a 501(c)3. The financial resources and equipment necessary to do this project come from grants and private donations.  For more information, follow us on Facebook at Seed2Need or at  Several Seed2Need videos are also available on YouTube.

Members of the public are invited to volunteer with this project. During the pandemic, volunteers (adults only) must wear masks and work socially distanced.  This protocol was used successfully in 2020 and will be used in 2021. To receive work session notices, click the “get involved” link on

Tree Stewards


Tree Stewards is now a statewide training and volunteer program that aims at promoting and enhancing a healthy urban forest.  Volunteers receive training from NMSU, NM Forestry, Albuquerque Forestry, or other qualified arborists on tree basics, tree identification, tree planting, pruning, tree diagnostics and problem management, tree selection for specific sites, working with the public on events such as Arbor Day, seedling giveaways, public tree monitoring, and educational classes.

Water Wise Demonstration Garden (WWG)


The Water Wise Demonstration Garden (WWG) in Rio Rancho, (950 Pine Tree Road), is a cooperative effort between the City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, and SEMG, who also partner with Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful, Rio Rancho Tree Stewards and local businesses. The one-acre Water Wise Demonstration Garden adjoins Rio Rancho’s Veterans Memorial Park. The garden is divided into multiple gardening zones showcasing landscapes and plants that grow and thrive in the high desert  The Garden features xeriscape principles, effective drip/bubbler/spray irrigation, and the use of various mulches to conserve moisture and reduce weeds.


Xeric Island Workshop


Mike Halverson from Santa Ana Nursery has volunteered to host an all-day Xeric Island Workshop. Volunteers will learn about principles of Xeric landscaping, selection of native plants, preparation, planting and care for native plant landscapes.

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3:00 pm SEMG Intern Graduation via Zoom
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Oct 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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3:00 pm SEMG Annual Meeting via Zoom
SEMG Annual Meeting via Zoom
Oct 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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9:00 am Corrales Growers Market – Sunday @ Corrales Growers Market
Corrales Growers Market – Sunday @ Corrales Growers Market
Oct 31 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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