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Reading Materials

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters

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Photo courtesy of Tom Nichols

The following publications provide useful information about composting.

Handouts and Flyers


  • The Biochar Solution, by Albert Bates, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-86571-677-3.
  • The Complete Compost Gardening Guide, by B. Pleasant and D. Martin, 2008, ISBN: 978-1-58017-702-3.
  • Dirt, The Erosion of Civilization, by David R. Montgomery, ISBN: 978-0-520-25806-8.
  • Dirt! The Movie (not reading, but a must-see, great resource)
  • Down to Earth, A Gardener's Guide to the Albuquerque Area, by Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, 2005, ISBN: 0-09700804-1-57.
  • Ecology for Gardeners, by S. B. Carroll and S. D. Salt, ISBN: 0-88192-611-6.
  • The Humanure Handbook, by Joseph Jenkins, ISBN: 978-0-9644258-3-5.
  • How Soils Work, by Paul Syltie, 2002, ISBN 1-591600-95-2.
  • Let it Rot, The Gardener's Guide to Composting, by Stu Campbell,1998, ISBN: 13:978-1-58017-023-9.
  • Life in the Soil, A Guide for Naturalists and Gardeners, by James Nardi, ISBN: 13:978-0-226-56852-2.
  • Mycelium Running, How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, by Paul Stamets, ISBN: 978-1-58008-579-3.
  • The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming, by Fukuoka Masanobu, Larry Korn, Wendell Berry and Frances Moore Lappe, ISBN: 978-1590173138.
  • Organic Management for the Professional, by Garrett, Ferguson and Amaranthus, 2012, ISBN 978-0-292-72921-6.
  • The Rodale Guide to Composting, by Jerry Minnich and Marjorie Hunt, 1979, ISBN: 0-87857-212-0.
  • Secrets to Great Soil, A Gardeners Guide to Composting, Mulching and Creating Healthy Fertile Soil, by Elizabeth Stell, 1998, ISBN: 1-58017-008-0.
  • The Soul of the Soil, 4th edition 1999, by Grace Gershuny and Joseph Smillie, ISBN 1-890132-31-4.
  • Teaming with Microbes, A Gardeners Guide to the Soil Food Web, revised February 2010, by J. Lowenfels and W. Lewis, ISBN-13: 978-1604691139.
  • The Worm Book, by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor, 1998, ISBN-13: 978-0-89815-994-3.

The local library has books on composting, vermiculture and soils. To search the catalog visit Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library System.


  • BioCycle, a monthly magazine advancing composting, organics recycling and renewable energy, published by the JG Press

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