Classes and Other Activities for the Public 2017

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters

This is a list of all public activities scheduled in 2017. This page is meant to be an archive.

Our classes include the art, science, materials, methods, and benefits of various composting techniques. Please see individual class descriptions via link at the bottom of this page. Classes are free and open to all ages unless otherwise noted.

01/03/2017
Tuesday
Composting in Tumbling Bins: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho (map to 4330 Meadowbrook Lane SE). The class is free and open to all. To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
01/14/2017
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque (map to 6500 Coors NW). To register call 505-897-8831 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
01/25/2017  
Wednesday
Home Composting Basics: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Carl Soderberg.
01/28/2017
Saturday
Composting With Worms (Vermicomposting): 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque (map to 6500 Coors NW). To register call 505-897-8831 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Mel Chavez.
01/28/2017
Saturday
Down & Dirty: A Hands-on Composting Workshop: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens, at the Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque (map to 6400 Wyoming NE). Cost of the workshop is $20. Registration is required. For more details and registration information, see Down & Dirty: A Hands-on Composting Workshop. Instructor: John Zarola and Charles Wohlenberg.
02/04/2017  
Saturday
Compost Information Table: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at Third Annual Seed Festival, Main Library Downtown, 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque (map to 501 Copper NW). No registration required. Come and ask questions and enjoy the fair. You can bring seeds to swap between 10:30 and 11:30
02/8/2017
Wednesday
Composting Basics and Composting with Worms: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Sandoval County Extension Service, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo, Old County Courthouse, Bernalillo, NM (map to 711 S. Camino del Pueblo). To register, please go to http://sandovalmastergardeners.org/public-class-registration/. The workshop is presented in collaboration with Sandoval County Master Gardeners. Instructor: John Zarola.
02/28/2017
Tuesday
Bokashi Bucket Composting: 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho (map to 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE). The class is free and open to all seniors. To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
03/08/2017  
Wednesday
Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
03/09/2017
Thursday
Composting with Worms (Vermicomposting): 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho (map to 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE). The class is free and open to all seniors. To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
03/11/2017
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at at Osuna Nursery, 501 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque (map to 501 Osuna Road NE). To register call 505-345-6644 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
03/11/2017  
Saturday
Constructing a Wooden Compost Bin: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the home of Bill and Rye Bailey in the south valley. This is a hands-on class. Bill and Rye will provide the wood, already sawn to size. The class will build a New Zealand four-bin composter. To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Class size is limited to 8. (Note: the bin will be used as part of May 7 Intermediate Hands-on Composting Workshop. See below.) Instructors: Bill and Rye Bailey.
03/11/2017
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at at Urban Gardening and Composting event at Casa San Ysidro , 973 Old Church Road, Corrales, NM (map to 973 Old Church Road). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
03/16/2017  
Thursday
Home Composting Basics: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th Street NW, Albuquerque (map to 3825 4th NW). To register call 505-761-4025 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
03/22/2017  
Wednesday
Composting in Tumbler Bins: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
03/23/2017  
Thursday
Composting in Tumbler Bins: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th Street NW, Albuquerque (map to 3825 4th NW). To register call 505-761-4025 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
03/30/2017  
Thursday
Composting with Worms (Vermicomposting): 10:00 am to 11:30 am at North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th Street NW, Albuquerque (map to 3825 4th NW). To register call 505-761-4025 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Mel Chavez.
04/01/2017
Saturday
Bokashi Bucket Composting: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Instructor John Zarola.
Composting With Worms: 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm. Instructor Mel Chavez.
Both at Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE (map to 3407 Juan Tabo NE). To register phone 505-291-6260 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org.
04/08/2017
Saturday
Compost Information Table: 8:00 am to 11:00 am at Rio Rancho Sustainability Expo at Haynes Park, 2006 Grande Blvd SE, Rio Rancho (map to 2006 Grande SE). No registration required. Bring your compost questions. Enjoy the expo.
04/08/2017  
Saturday
Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Affinity at Albuquerque, 10700 Fineland Drive NW, Albuquerque (map to 10700 Fineland Drive NW). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
04/12/2017  
Wednesday
Improving Desert Garden Soil: 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE (map to 131 Monroe NE). To register call 505-767-5210 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
04/12/2017 to
05/06/2017  

1 Wednesday
4 Saturdays
Master Composter Volunteer Training: at the Bernalillo County Extension Office. Please see Master Composter Volunteer Training Spring 2017 for all the details and an application. Master composter volunteer training is a 26 hour "train-the-trainer" program which prepares individuals to become volunteer educators in a variety of composting methods for the community. Cost is $90.
04/22/2017  
Saturday
Composting With Worms (Vermicomposting): 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, Rio Rancho 87124 (map to 950 Pinetree Rd SE). To register call 505-891-3938 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Mel Chavez.
04/26/2017  
Wednesday
Composting with Worms: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Mel Chavez.
04/29/2017
Saturday
Compost Information Table: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Local Garden Fest and Plant Sale, Desert Oasis Teaching Gardens, Albuquerque Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE (map to 6400 Wyoming NE). No registration required. Bring your compost questions and enjoy the festival.
05/06/2017  
Saturday
Composting with Worms: 9:30 am to 10:20 am at Self-Reliance Fair, LDS Church, 18 County Rd & Go 2 Blks S of I40, Edgewood, NM (map to LDS Church). No registration required, walk-ins welcome, open to everyone. Instructor: Mel Chavez.
05/06/2017  
Saturday
Bokashi Bucket Composting: 9:40 am to 11:30 am at Self-Reliance Fair, LDS Church, 18 County Rd & Go 2 Blks S of I40, Edgewood, NM (map to LDS Church). No registration required, walk-ins welcome, open to everyone. Instructor: John Zarola.
05/07/2017  
Sunday
Intermediate Hands-On Composting Workshop: 9:00 am to 2:00 (or possibly 3:00) pm at the home of Bill and Rye Bailey in the south valley. Prerequisite: previous attendance at Home Composting Basics or comprehensive workshop. Lunch will be provided. Cost will be $25. (Free for BCEMC members and interns.) For more information about the workshop and registration see Intermediate Hands-On Composting Workshop. Instructors: Rye Bailey, Bill Bailey, and Mel Chavez.
05/10/2017  
Wednesday
Home Composting Basics: 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE (map to 131 Monroe NE). To register call 505-767-5210 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
05/13/2017-
05/14-/2017

Saturday/Sunday
Compost Information Table: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Herbfest, Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, 2901 Candelaria NW, Albuquerque (map to 2901 Candelaria NW). Day-use parking fee is $3.00. No registration required. Come and enjoy the festival.
05/19/2017  
Friday
Home Composting Basics: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Rio Grande Community Farm , 1701 Montano Road NW (map to 1701 Montano NW). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
05/20/2017
Saturday
Compost Information Table: Noon to 9:00 pm at Bees + Seeds Festival, Tractor Brewing at Wells Park, 1800 4th St NW, Albuquerque (map to 1800 4th NW). No registration required. Bring your compost questions and enjoy the festival.
05/21/2017
Sunday
Compost Information Table: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Placitas Garden Tour.
05/24/2017  
Wednesday
Improving Desert Garden Soil: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
06/07/2017  
Wednesday
Bokashi Bucket Composting: 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Highland Senior Center, Room 8, 131 Monroe NE (map to 131 Monroe NE). To register call 505-767-5210 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
06/21/2017  
Wednesday
Bokashi Bucket Composting: 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE (map to 131 Monroe NE). To register call 505-767-5210 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
06/21/2017  
Wednesday
Bokashi Bucket Composting: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Kathy Harris.
06/24/2017  
Saturday
Improving Desert Garden Soil: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, Rio Rancho 87124 (map to 950 Pinetree Road SE). To register call 505-891-3938 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
06/27/2017  
Tuesday
Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, Rio Rancho 87124 (map to 950 Pinetree Road SE). To register call 505-891-3938 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
07/19/2017  
Wednesday
Home Composting Basics: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
08/23/2017  
Wednesday
Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
08/26/2017
Saturday
Composting in Tumbling Bins: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque (map to 6500 Coors Blvd NW). To register call 505-897-8831 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
08/27/2017
Sunday
Compost Information Table: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Master Gardeners Tomato Fiesta, Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE (near Eubank). (See map to 10120 Lomas Blvd NE). Bring your compost questions. No registration is required. Fiesta admission is $5.00, children under 12 free. There'll be many other fun activities. See the Tomato Fiesta web page.
09/02/2017
Saturday
Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque (map to 6500 Coors Blvd NW). To register call 505-897-8831 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
09/09/2017
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE (map to 3407 Juan Tabo NE). To register phone 505-291-6260 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
09/27/2017  
Wednesday
Composting in Tumbler Bins: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
09/30/2017
Saturday
Composting with Worms: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Juan Tabo Library, 3407 Juan Tabo NE (map to 3407 Juan Tabo NE). To register phone 505-291-6260 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Mel Chavez.
10/07/2017
Saturday
Composting with Worms (Vermicomposting): 9:30 am to 11:00 am at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque (map to 6500 Coors Blvd NW). To register call 505-897-8831 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Mel Chavez.
10/11/2017  
Wednesday
Improving Desert Garden Soil (Fall Soil Preparation): 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Sandoval County Extension Service, Classroom, 711 S. Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM (map to 711 S. Camino del Pueblo). Offered in collaboration with Sandoval County Master Gardeners. Free and open to the public. No registration is required. Walk-ins welcome. Instructor: John Zarola.
10/18/2017  
Wednesday
Composting with Worms (Vermicomposting): 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Mel Chavez.
10/28/2017  
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 10:15 am to 12:15 pm at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth Street SE, Albuquerque (map to 501 Elizabeth Street SE). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
11/04/2017  
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Esther Bone Memorial Library, Room 3, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, Rio Rancho 87124 (map to 950 Pinetree Road SE). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
11/15/2017  
Wednesday
Improving Desert Garden Soil: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
11/18/2017
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque (map to 6500 Coors Blvd NW). To register call 505-897-8831 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
12/13/2017
Wednesday
Bokashi Bucket Composting: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque (map to 4645 Pitt NE). To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Kathy Harris.
12/28/2017
Thursday
Composting with Worms (Vermicomposting): 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho (map to 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE). The class provided in collaboration with Sandoval County Master Gardeners. It is free and open to all seniors. To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.

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