Classes and Other Activities for the Public

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters

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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.

12/14/2019  
Saturday
Composting in Tumbler Bins: 10:30 am to 12:00 noon at Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE, Room 7 (map to 131 Monroe NE). To register call 505-767-5210 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: John Zarola.
12/19/2019
Thursday
Composting in Tumbler Bins: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon 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.
01/08/2020
Wednesday
Composting with Worms: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon 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: Mary Green.
01/25/2020
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: TBA.
02/06/2020
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: John Zarola.
02/08/2020
Saturday
Bucket Composting with Bokashi Method: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at Gutiérrez-Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque (map to 6029 Isleta SW). This is the third in a series of quarterly backyard composting workshops at the Hubbell House. To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructors: Rye Bailey and Michael Reed.
02/15/2020
Saturday
Composting with Worms: 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: Maggie Shepard.
02/22/2020
Saturday
Home Composting Basics: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area, Visitor's and Education Center, 2424 Hwy 47, Belen, NM (map to 2424 Hwy 47, Belen). To register, call 505-864-8914 or send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: Michael Reed.
03/07/2020
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: Genevieve Morgan.
03/28/2020
Saturday
Raised Bed Gardening and Composting: 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.
04/15/2020
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: Rye Bailey and Rod Reay.
04/16/2020
Thursday
Composting with Worms: 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: Mary Green.
05/02/2020
Saturday
Intermediate Hands-On Composting Workshop: 9:00 am to 3:00 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.) For more information and registration see Intermediate Hands-On Composting Workshop. Instructors: TBA
05/07/2020
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.
06/06/2020
Saturday
Bokashi Bucket Composting: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at The Public Library at South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE, Albuquerque (map to 1025 Broadway SE). To register send email to register@nmcomposters.org. Instructor: TBA.
06/17/2020
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.
07/15/2020
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.

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.