Classes and Other Activities for the Public

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters

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Our classes include the art, science, materials, methods, and benefits of various composting techniques. We are once again offering in-person classes starting in April. See course descriptions at the bottom of the page. This will give you an idea of the types of classes we hope to be able to offer again soon. New classes will be added as they are scheduled so be sure to check again if you don't find a class that works for you. Details might change so please check back for revisions.

Classes are FREE and open to all ages unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for most activities. Welcome!

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. Many of our classes have a slide presentation. If you'd like a copy, bring a flash drive to class and, in some cases, we might be able to copy it for you.

Class Schedule

10/16/2021
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 Blvd NW). The class will begin with a presentation in the conference room, then move outdoors, weather permitting, for demonstration of a variety of composting setups. Covid-19 guidelines will be followed. To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
11/06/2021
Saturday
Bucket Composting With Bokashi Method: 9:00 am to 10:30 am at Bachechi Open Space, Bachechi Environmental Education Building, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque (map to 9521 Rio Grande Blvd NW). Covid-19 guidelines will be followed. To register go to Event Registration. (Registration for the event will most likely not be open until around September 1. Please keep checking.) Instructor: Rod Reay.
11/13/2021
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 Blvd NW). The class will begin with a presentation in the conference room, then move outdoors, weather permitting, for demonstration of a variety of composting setups. Covid-19 guidelines will be followed. To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
11/13/2021
Saturday
Composting With Worms: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE, Albuquerque (map to 6901 Barstow NE). Covid-19 guidelines will be followed. To register call 505-857-8321. Instructor: Mary Green.

Online Classes, Available Any Time

We have a number of online classes available for you to watch at any time via the internet. Please see Online Classes.

Class Descriptions

Bucket Composting with Bokashi Method: Home composting is recycling that produces a useful soil conditioner. The Bokashi bucket method is a useful choice for, but not limited to, small indoor spaces such as apartments and condos. It is neat, tidy, and requires little physical labor. The science and methodology of this method will be presented and demonstrated so that a participant can easily get started at home. Prior to the class it would be useful to read Bokashi Bucket Composting.

Composting in Tumbler Bins: The class will cover the basics of home composting in the desert. The science, art, materials, methods, choices and benefits will be included. Then, particular emphasis will be on successful use of tumbling bin containers. Prior to the class, participants would benefit from reading Tips for Using Composting Tumbler Bins in the Desert.

Composting with Worms: Worm composting is recycling that produces a useful soil conditioner. The class will include the selection of an appropriate worm species and creating a healthy environment for that species. Useful take-home information will cover all aspects of setting up and managing a worm composting operation indoors or outdoors. Prior to the class you may read all of the useful information at Worm Sources.

Home Composting Basics: Home composting is recycling that produces a useful soil conditioner. Basic composting science will be presented with a special focus on useful practices for a high desert climate. A variety of home composting options will be covered. Useful take-home information will help a participant get started and / or improve an already chosen composting method. Prior to the class it may be useful to read our brochures: (1) Composting in the Desert, and (2) Selecting a Method that Works for You.

Improving Desert Garden Soil: Amending desert garden soil is a continuous effort. The class will cover the basics of soil constituents, soil testing and the benefits of the soil food web. The value of finished compost will emphasized. Options for improving soil fertility and resiliency in the face of warm temperatures and low precipitation will be presented. Useful take-home information will allow participants to plan for and implement soil amending practices right away. Prior to the class a useful read, The Soul of the Soil by Grace Gershuny, posted at Reading Materials.