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.

12/13/2017
Wednesday
Bokashi Bucket 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: Kathy Harris.
12/19/2017
Tuesday
Composting with Worms (Vermicomposting): 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm at Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE, Rio Rancho (map to 4330 Meadowlark Lane SE). The class provided in collaboration with Sandoval County Master Gardeners. It is free and open to all seniors. To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Mel Chavez.
01/20/2018
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Village Mercantile Home & Farm Store, 3675 Corrales Road Corrales, New Mexico (map to 3675 Corrales Road). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola and possibly others.
01/24/2018
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: TBA.
02/24/2018
Saturday
Compost Tea and Extracts Workshop: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque (map to 6500 Coors Blvd NW). Cost for the workshop is $10. Please see Compost Tea and Extracts Workshop for registration details. Instructor: Mel Chavez.
02/28/2018
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: TBA.
03/03/2018  
Saturday
Bokashi Bucket Composting: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm at Esther Bone Memorial Library, 950 Pinetree Rd. SE, Rio Rancho 87124 (map to 950 Pinetree Road SE). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: TBA.
03/08/2018
Thursday
Home Composting Basics: 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: Arlene Buchholz.
03/15/2018
Thursday
Composting in Tumbler Bins: 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.
03/22/2018
Thursday
Improving Desert Garden Soil: 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE, Albuquerque, NM (map to 5221 Palo Duro NE). To register call 505-888-8102 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: TBA.
03/27/2018
Tuesday
Home Composting Basics: 1:00 pm to 3:00 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. Instructors: TBA.
03/29/2018
Thursday
Bokashi Bucket Composting: 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.
04/04/2018
Wednesday
Composting in Tumbler Bins: 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: TBA.
04/05/2018
Thursday
Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: 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.
04/11/2018 to
05/05/2018  

1 Wednesday
4 Saturdays
Master Composter Volunteer Training: at the Bernalillo County Extension Office. Dates are tentative. Please check back soon for more details. If you have questions, send email to webmaster@nmcomposters.org.
04/19/2018
Thursday
Bokashi Bucket Composting: 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE, Albuquerque, NM (map to 5221 Palo Duro NE). To register call 505-888-8102 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: TBA.
04/22/2018  
Sunday
Hands-On Composting Workshop: 9:00 am to 2:00 (or possibly 3:00) pm at the home of Bill and Rye Bailey in the south valley. Please check back soon for cost and details. In the meantime, mark your calendar! Instructors: Rye Bailey, Bill Bailey, and others.
04/26/2018  
Thursday
Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: 11:15 am to 12:45 pm at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth Street SE, Albuquerque (map to 501 Elizabeth Street SE). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: TBA.
05/02/2018
Wednesday
Improving Desert Garden Soil: 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: TBA.
05/03/2018  
Thursday
Composting in Tumbler Bins: 11:15 am to 12:45 pm at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth Street SE, Albuquerque (map to 501 Elizabeth Street SE). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: TBA.
05/10/2018
Thursday
Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: 9:30 am to 11:30 am at Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE, Albuquerque, NM (map to 5221 Palo Duro NE). To register call 505-888-8102 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
06/06/2018
Wednesday
Composting With Worms: 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: TBA.
06/07/2018  
Thursday
Improving Desert Garden Soil: 11:15 am to 12:45 pm at Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth Street SE, Albuquerque (map to 501 Elizabeth Street SE). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: TBA.
07/11/2018
Wednesday
Bokashi Bucket 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: 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.

Class Descriptions

Bokashi Bucket Composting: 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.

Compost Tea and Extracts Workshop: Making and using actively aerated compost tea and compost tea extracts.

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.