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!

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.

08/18/2018
Saturday
Composting with Worms: 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Village Mercantile Home & Farm Store, 3675 Corrales Road, Corrales (map to 3675 Corrales Road ). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Mary Green.
08/26/2018
Sunday
Compost Information Table: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Master Gardener annual 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.
08/30/2018
Thursday
Improving Desert Garden Soil: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th Street NW, Albuquerque (map to 3825 4th Street NW). To register call 505-761-4025 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: TBA.
09/01/2018
Saturday
Compost Information Table: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at New Mexico Master Gardener's 2018 Conference, Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE Albuquerque (map to Marriott Pyramid). Open to conference attendees. Registration to the conference will be open to the public if there is space after Master Gardeners have had an opportunity to register.
09/20/2018
Thursday
Bucket Composting with Bokashi Method: 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Barelas Senior Center, 714 7th Street SW, Albuquerque 87102 (map to 714 7th Street SW). To register or for more information call 505-764-6436 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Rye Bailey.
10/04/2018
Thursday
Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Barelas Senior Center, 714 7th Street SW, Albuquerque 87102 (map to 714 7th Street SW). To register or for more information call 505-764-6436 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: TBA.
10/17/2018
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: Jana Hazelbaker.
10/20/2018
Saturday
Improving Desert Garden Soil: 9:30 am to 12:00 noon 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.
11/03/2018
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at South Broadway Cultural Center Library, 1025 Broadway SE, Albuquerque (map to 1025 Broadway SE). No registration is required. For information you can call 505-764-1742 or send email to info@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Ronda Zaragoza.
11/14/2018
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: Mary Green.
11/24/2018
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 9:30 am to 12:00 noon 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: Mary Green.
01/12/2019
Saturday
Worm Composting Workshop: 9:30 am to 12:00 noon at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque (map to 6500 Coors Blvd NW). The workshop is suitable for beginners and veterans. The science, art, materials, methods, setups, and benefits of home composting with worms will be presented through lecture and hands-on demonstrations. Ample time will be allowed for discussion, questions, and problem solving. Suggested reading: The Worm Book, 1998, by Nancarrow & Taylor. There will be a $15 fee for this workshop. We will post registration details a few months before the workshop. Please check back.
02/23/2019
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas, Conference Room, 1036 Miller Road, Los Lunas, NM (map to 1036 Miller Road). To register, send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
04/03/2019 to
04/27/2010  

1 Wednesday
4 Saturdays
Master Composter Volunteer Training Course: at the Bernalillo County Extension Office. The dates are tentative. Master composter volunteer training is a "train-the-trainer" program which prepares individuals to become volunteer educators in a variety of composting methods for the community. Cost will be approximately $90. There are approximately 25 hours of training. When details and an application are available they will be posted at Master Composter Volunteer Training Course.
05/04/2019  
Saturday
Intermediate Hands-On Composting Workshop: 9:00 am to 2:30 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 is $20. (Free for BCEMC members and interns.) Details and registration info will be provided a month or two before the workshop. Please check back and mark your calendar!

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, 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.