Classes and Other Activities for the Public
Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters
Our classes include the art, science, materials, methods, and benefits of various composting techniques. Please see individual class descriptions at the bottom of this page. New classes will be added as they are scheduled. Be sure to check again if you don't find a class that works for you. And, details might change so please check 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.
Please note: 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.Due to coronavirus restrictions we have had to cancel or postpone many classes. We will work to reschedule them whenever we are able. In the meantime, please feel free to email us your questions and learn about composting using the links to resources in the left-hand column of this page. Also note resource links in class descriptions at the bottom of this page. It is still safe to compost. This is a good time to start a compost pile in your backyard or a bokashi bucket in your kitchen.
|Raised Bed Gardening and Composting:
Postponed Until Further Notice.
Original details: 9:30 am to 12:00 noon in the Conference Room at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque Instructor: TBA.
|Bokashi Bucket Composting:
Original details: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at The Public Library at South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE, Albuquerque To register send email to email@example.com. Instructor: Rod Reay.
|Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructor: John Zarola.|
|Composting with Worms:
Postponed Until Further Notice.|
Original details: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque To register, send email to email@example.com. Instructor: Mary Green.
|Improving Desert Garden Soil: 9:30 am to 12:00 noon in the Conference Room at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque To register, call 505-897-8831 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructor: Rye Bailey and Rod Reay.|
|Composting in Tumbler Bins: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Bear Canyon Senior Center, Room 5, 4645 Pitt NE, Albuquerque To register call 505-767-5959 or send email to email@example.com. Instructor: TBA.|
|Home Composting Basics: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE, Albuquerque, NM To register call 505-888-8102 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructor: Mary Green.|
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, eg. 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 a useful read by Adam Footer is posted at Reading Materials.
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 humus in finished compost will be prominent in the discussion. 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.
Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: Raised garden beds in the high desert present many useful management options for home gardeners. Soil, amendments, mulches and irrigation methods are well-contained by raised beds. The class will will cover set-up, soil, irrigation, mulching, and sheet composting for soil fertility in a raised bed.