Bernalillo County Extension Master Composter Program
Welcome to the Bernalillo County Master Composter website. The Master Composter organization provides basic composting classes for the general public and trains volunteers to teach these classes.
- If you would like to attend a free composting class, please see Classes and Other Activities for the Public.
- If you would like to schedule a composting class for your organization, see Contact Information.
- If you would like to become a master composter, see Master Composter Volunteer Training.
- If you have a composting question, please see Ask a Master.
- If you would like to know more about us or find composting resources, see additional links in the left sidebar.
And remember ... when in drought, spread the compost out!
News, Announcements, Things to Know
Master Composter Volunteer Training Dates Set for Spring 2017
We plan to offer Master Composter Volunteer Training this Spring on the following dates:
Wednesday Evening: April 12
Saturdays: April 15, 22, 29, May 6
If you are interested in becoming a Master Composter, please save those dates. To learn more about the training and for an application and schedule, see Master Composter Volunteer Training.
Intermediate Hands-On Composting Workshop To Be Held May 7, 2017
Participants will get hands-on experience with multi-bin hot composting, bokashi composting, worm composting, and Black Soldier Fly Larvae composting. Open to those who've taken a Home Composting Basics class or one of our comprehensive workshops. See Intermediate Hands-On Composting Workshop for all the details.
Bag and Wait With Your Fall Leaves!
- Shred leaves, then wet them with water.
- Put them in a plastic bag.
- Tie up the bag.
- Set the bag aside in a sunny location.
- In the spring the decomposed leaves (leaf mold) may be used as a topical soil mulch.
You Can Help Support BCEMC via AmazonSmile
Our organization has signed up to benefit from the AmazonSmile program. If you shop at Amazon and specify Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters as your charity, a percentage of what you spend will be donated to BCEMC. It's very easy to set up. Please see our Donations page for the details. Your support of BCEMC is much appreciated.
Sign Up for Our Mailing List
If you'd like to receive email about our longer workshops and master composter training you can sign up for our mailing list.
Master Composters in the News
Our very own John Zarola was interviewed about composting by KRQE News 13. Watch the video here.
Learn How Best to Compost in the Desert
Composting in New Mexico has its special challenges. Composting in the Desert is our newly updated flyer specifically about composting in our part of the world. Also see Desert Composting Recommendations. For teachers, these materials are available on our composting handouts page.
Learn About Bokashi Composting
Have you heard about Bokashi composting? It's a method developed in Japan that is inexpensive, easy, takes up little space, has no smells, doesn't attract pests, and requires no turning. The method makes it hard to find an excuse not to compost your kitchen waste! You can compost all the kitchen scraps you normally compost as well as meat, bones, and oily things. Jill Van Nortwick recently gave a talk to BERNCO master composters about Bokashi composting. Check out these powerpoint slides from the talk. Or, if you prefer, here is a PDF copy of the slides. The slides include a video about Bokashi composting. The video is made by a commercial company but keep in mind that you can do Bokashi composting in ordinary buckets.
We Are nmcomposters.org
You can get to our site via the URL nmcomposters.org. Master composters, please share it with your students. The URL, bernalilloextension.nmsu.edu/mastercomposter, works as well. Both will get you to the page you are on now.