Compost Tea and Extracts Workshop

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters

Whimsical image of a teapot with "compost tea" written on it

Learn how to make and use actively aerated compost tea and compost tea extracts.

Tea brews made from quality compost or worm castings may be used to add nutrients and beneficial microbes to desert garden soil, enhancing soil fertility. The workshop includes useful information on biology, various materials, brewing methods, tailoring techniques and uses for finished compost tea. Aspects of desert soil biology and amending will be presented. Teas may be tailored to the needs of an individual soil profile.

The class will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm, at the Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors NW, Albuquerque (map).

The workshop will be led by Bernalillo County Master Composters Mel Chavez and John Zarola. Mel Chavez specializes in vermiculture, vermicomposting, and compost tea preparation. John Zarola has an interest in the relationship between composting and soil amending. The agenda is as follows:

1:00 - 1:15 Introduction, Mel Chavez
1:15 - 2:15 Desert Soil Considerations, John Zarola
2:15 - 2:30 Break
2:30 - 3:30 Compost Tea and Extracts, Mel Chavez
3:30 - 3:40 Break
3:40 - 4:30 Compost Tea and Extracts, Mel Chavez

The workshop is open to everyone. Cost is $10. Pre-registration with payment is required. Registration deadline is February 21, 2018.

You may register and pay with a credit card or PayPal account via the button below. (PayPal will let you pay with a credit card if you wish. It is not necessary to have a PayPal account to pay this way.)

Or, you may mail your name, email address, and a check for $10, payable to Bernco Master Composter Association, to:

BCEMC Registrar
Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension Service
1510 Menaul Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

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