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Time to plant seedings

~Michael Crofoot

Every Fall and Spring, the New Mexico Division of Forestry’s plant nursery sells what are known as Conservation Seedlings to private landowners and other public service institutions like schools. The plants are sold in small containers or bare root in packets of fifty at a price of $1.60 per plant for the Fall container species and $.90 per plant for the Spring bare root seedlings. I have planted several thousand of these woody plants over the years around Placitas, with many more thousand planted by others here locally—and the seedlings are great. These small trees and shrubs are easy to plant and grow well if they are looked after for the first couple of years.

These Conservation Seedlings are available to landowners who own at least one acre of land, although Forestry employees have told me that neighboring land owners, or a whole subdivision for that matter, can also buy the seedlings together if the plants are intended for conservation purposes, including erosion control, wildlife habitat, reforestation, riparian restoration, windbreak establishment, tree plantations, and ecological restoration. The seedlings list of species and plant descriptions as well as order forms can be found online at, by calling the Forestry Division at 476-3325, or bought by mail-in order form. Some order forms are available at the Placitas Community Library. The deadline for ordering Fall plants is October 7 and your plants should arrive by UPS within one week. All the proceeds from these sales are re-invested into the Conservation Seedlings program and a customer can also donate to the New Mexico Re-Leaf program that brings free seedlings to schools and other public service landowners.

The Forestry nursery produces a fantastic assortment of 58 different plant species that are all strong xeriscape, low-water using plants, including such luminaries as: Apache Plume, Austrian Pine, Threeleaf Sumac, New Mexico Locust, Desert Olive, Winterfat, Mountain Mahogany Chokecherry, New Mexico Elderberry, Buffaloberry, Rocky Mountain Penstemon, and Cliffrose.

Nonprofit offers free groceries to seniors

~Ron Hidalgo

Silver Horizons, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of seniors, is giving away groceries. Seniors are invited to shop and choose the food they want at our Senior Food Market on October 20 at the Community Recreation Center, 370 Rotary Park Road, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is not required. Seniors are asked to simply show up and shop. This pantry includes fresh produce, meat, toiletries, dry and canned goods, and even pet food.

Can you imagine living on less than $7,500 a year? Most of the seniors we help live on about five to seven hundred dollars a month. The mission of Silver Horizons is to provide critical help to extremely low-income and in-crisis seniors in Bernalillo, Valencia, and Sandoval Counties, with the vision of helping older adults live safely, and in reasonable comfort, in their own homes for as long as possible.

Enjoy, pick thousands of sunflowers planted in Corrales to help individuals with disabilities

From September 26 to October 7, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ARCA presents its “Sunflower U-Pick” event. The public is invited to the Gonzales Field garden in the Village of Corrales to harvest as many Autumn Beauty sunflowers as they can carry for only one dollar per stem. Bring your scissors and a bucket and they’ll supply the sunflowers and smiles.

The mission of ARCA has remained consistent for 59 years—opening doors for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be valued members of our community. This fun family activity will benefit ARCA’s individuals.

ARCA is a private not-for-profit organization helping over six hundred children and adults with developmental disabilities to live great lives. They provide customized opportunities for individuals with disabilities to live, work, and enjoy rich recreational experiences in valued community roles.

To reach the sunflower field from Alameda and Corrales Road, go north on Corrales Road and make the first left onto a dirt road just past Wells Fargo. For further information, contact Michele Cody, ARCA Chief Development Officer, at 332-6803 or

Seed-saving workshop offered by Sandoval County Master Gardeners

~Janet Blair

The Sandoval County Seed Library, a Sandoval County Master Gardeners project, is hosting a Seed-Saving workshop with Lynda Garvin, Sandoval County Extension Service Agriculture/Horticulture Agent, on October 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Esther Bone Memorial Library in Rio Rancho. The Sandoval County Seed Library teaches seed saving to ensure a successful, regionally-adapted, and genetically diverse seed collection that is self-sustaining. The workshop will cover pollination, varietal purity, isolation techniques, criteria for plant seed selection, seed saving methods, and storage. There is no cost for the workshop and registration is not required. It is open and free to the public.

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