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!
It's Our 10th Anniversary Year!
The Master Composter program began in 2010 as a program of the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service. The first Master Composter Volunteer Training commenced on April 24, 2010. We formed the BCEMC Association on October 20, 2010. During these ten years, Master Composter volunteers have shared high desert home composting information with the public through free classes and information tables and workshops and a question and answer email hotline and brochures and demonstration sites and these web pages. We continue to hear from more and more people who are interested in learning about the various methods for composting at home and hope to continue this service for many years to come.
Backyard Composting Series Continues at Gutiérrez-Hubbell House
Bucket Composting with the Bokashi Method will be offered on February 8 in the third of a quarterly series of free composting workshops on various topics at the beautiful and historic Gutiérrez-Hubbell House in Albuquerque's South Valley. See Gutiérrez-Hubbell House Backyard Composting Series for details about the workshops.
Concerned about Odors in Compost?
We've added a document to the website about Avoiding Unpleasant Odors in Composting. Check it out.
Looking for More Materials to Compost?
Please see our page Sources for Compost Feedstock. This lists local business who have food waste to contribute as well as ideas for where to find feedstock in your neighborhood and around your home.
What Causes Compost Fires and How Can We Prevent Them?
Last summer, Albuquerque experienced a large fire in a commercial composting facility caused by spontaneous combustion of the compost. Spontaneous combustion in home compost piles is rare. However, the dramatic fire in Albuquerque inspired us to provide some information about the conditions that might lead to such a fire and how to prevent one. See Spontaneous Combustion in Compost.
See Our Presentations on Homemade Compost Bins
Please check out our presentations for four types of compost bins you can make at home that are especially suited for our desert climate.
Learn How Best to Compost in the Desert
Composting in New Mexico has its special challenges. Composting in the Desert is our flyer specifically about composting in our part of the world, and newly revised May 2018. Also see Desert Composting Recommendations. For teachers, these materials are available on our composting handouts page.
Learn More About Convective Air Flow in a Compost Bin
Read our new webpage Convective Air Flow which includes a beautiful drawing by Master Composter intern Jenn Myers.
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.
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.
Master Composters in the News
Our very own John Zarola was interviewed about composting by KRQE News 13. Watch the video.
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.