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Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters

If you have a question about one of the topics below, perhaps one the Master Composters listed can help. If you have a general question or one that that doesn't fit into one of the categories below, don't hesitate to send your question to Please include your residential zip code in your email.

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Cold/Easy/Slow/Lazy Composting

Wynette Richards has been doing composting the lazy way for about 30 years. She says It's fun and easy, not all that slow, and I end up with really nice compost. Wynette is happy to answer people's questions about this method of composting. Contact her at

Easy Compost
Wynette's compost pile

Community Composting Efforts

If you have questions about starting a community compost project, contact Fred Hermann at 505-269-3943 or Below, see photo of Fred's project at Tijeras Pueblo.

Community Composting, Tijeras Pueblo
Fred Hermann's community compost project at Tijeras Pueblo

East Mountain Composting

If you live in the East Mountains you know composting and gardening there can be a bit more challenging. Fred Hermann has experience composting in the East Mountains. Contact him at 505-269-3943 or

Permaculture and Composting

Danny Skinz would like to help people apply the permaculture process to their composting or rather help them to integrate composting into their permaculture system. Contact him at

Ramial Compost for Fruit Trees

Ramial chipped wood comes from small diameter deciduous twigs and branches. Using it as a mulch and soil amendment promotes fertile, airy, spongy soil that is rich in beneficial fungi, holds water, and resists compaction. Fred Hermann's special interest is ramial compost for fruit trees. If you have questions about this, contact Fred at 505-269-3943 or

Soil and Water: Science and Interactions

Shawn Hardeman is a certified landscape irrigation auditor and has a MS in Water Resources. He is GIS Specialist for Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority. He'd be happy to answer your questions about soil and/or water. Contact Shawn at

Vermicomposting (Composting with Worms)

Patricia and Stephanie, the Worm Ladies, teach frequent classes about vermicomposting. If you have questions, contact Patricia and Stephanie at

. . . Something Else?

If your question doesn't fit into any of the above categories, please send your question to A team of Master Composters monitors that email and someone will get back to you.