GutiƩrrez-Hubbell House Backyard Composting Series

handful of compost

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters

After missing a year due to Covid restrictions, we return to the composting workshop series. GHH is a New Mexico-Safe certified site and we follow all covid-safe practices.

Home composting is a straightforward way to recycle kitchen and yard leftovers into an excellent desert garden soil amendment. Join us for a series of (more or less) quarterly hands-on workshops at the beautiful and historic Gutiérrez-Hubbell House as we demystify composting and explore a variety of approaches suitable to different scales and situations. The workshops will present a variety of home composting methods. Each composting setup will remain in place so that participants may stop by and take a look at the on-going composting demonstration zone. You will be able to observe composting in action.

Where: Workshops will be held at the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House. 6029 Isleta Boulevard SW. Here is a map to the location.

Cost and Registration: Workshops are FREE, but registration is required. Please register individually for this program so that we can assess numbers and set-up to ensure safe social distancing. To register, go to Bernalillo County Open Space event page. (If you don't see the event listed, please check back soon.)

Schedule: There is one workshop on the calendar at this time. Please check back because we plan to add more workshops in the future.

9:00 am to 11:55 am
Take one part science, a few parts alchemy, sprinkle in a dash of wild magic, cook until done in the wisest of kitchens and you have biochar. This is actually an ancient tradition reinvented to be used appropriately in our contemporary, highly flammable environment. We are taking organic materials out of the waste stream and converting them into a substance that sequesters carbon and helps to build extraordinarily fertile, humus-rich soils, even in our high desert home. We'll discuss a few different methods and demonstrate one, from feedstock to nearly finished biochar. Michael Reed will host the presentation. Come prepared to get your hands dirty. (Please note, this workshop was originally scheduled for November 6 but has been changed to November 13.)

The series is a collaboration of the Hubbell House Alliance and staff, the Bernalillo County Open Space Program, and the Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters. If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the classes, please contact us in advance.