Community Outreach

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters

The mission of a Master Composter is to share information with interested citizens about the art, science, materials and methods of home composting. Hopefully, Master Composters in each participating county will form their own group organization that will coordinate local community outreach education. Prior to that formation each student should identify future teaching venues.

Students may complete their volunteer time in their own home county. The format for reporting volunteer hours that have been completed will follow below. For future outreach presentations it is suggested that Master Composters work in teams of two or more. This would provide for mutual assistance and support with the experience.

Classroom with students and instructor
Photo courtesy of Zane Dohner

Volunteer Opportunities

For a list of activities that master composters do to support our mission, please see Volunteer Opportunities.

Possible Community Teaching Venues

  • Senior Centers
  • Community Gardens
  • Community Supported Agriculture Farms
  • Community Colleges
  • Continuing Ed.
  • Garden Clubs
  • Faith Based Groups
  • Boy / Girl Scout groups
  • 4-H Groups
  • Libraries
  • Fairs
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Farmers / Growers Markets
  • Service Clubs: Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis
  • Garden Centers and Nurseries
  • Neighborhood / Homeowner Associations
  • Schools / Classrooms
  • Home Schooling Groups
  • Recommendations from County Horticulture Agents
  • Keep NM Beautiful Affiliate in Your Community
  • State Fair

Venues in Bernalillo County That Have Agreed to be Future Teaching and Demonstration Sites for Master Composters

Additional recommendations may be sent to the coordinator.

Reporting Volunteer Hours

Each intern must report their total completed volunteer hours to the Outreach Coordinator, John Zarola, at, by October 1. Veterans must report their hours by October 15.

You may use our Volunteer Hours Log to report your hours.

Your report should include the following information:

  • Name of master composter volunteer
  • Date and location of each service event
  • Topic(s) taught for each event (if it is a teaching event)
  • Total number of volunteer hours to be credited

Also see Standing Rules (Article X) in our Bylaws for volunteer requirements, deadlines, etc.

Reporting Attendance for Classes You Teach or Events You Participate In

When you teach a community composting class or participate in a composting event (e.g. information table), please fill in the following roster and send to John Zarola, outreach coordinator. You can send a scanned copy via email to, or send the original via US mail. Please send John an email if you need his postal address.