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. See course descriptions at the bottom of the page. New classes will be added as they are scheduled so be sure to check again if you don't find a class that works for you. Details might change so please check back for revisions.
Classes are FREE and open to all ages unless otherwise noted. Registration is required for most activities. Welcome!
If you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the classes, please contact us in advance. 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.
|Home Composting Basics: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque To register send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructor: Rye Bailey.|
|Improving Desert Garden Soil: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Larry P. Abraham Agri-Nature Center, 4920 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Los Ranchos, NM Cost is $5.00. To register go to Event Registration. You can pay at the door, but it would be good to register ahead to ensure a place. Instructor: John Zarola.|
|Composting with Worms (Vermicomposting): 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Cherry Hills Public Library, 6901 Barstow St NE, Albuquerque Registration will open on October 15. To register, go to this link. Walk-ins will be welcome if there is space available. Register to ensure your space. Instructor: Mary Green.|
|Composting with Worms (Vermicomposting): 10:00 am to noon at The South Broadway Library,1025 Broadway SE, Albuquerque To register send email to email@example.com. Instructor: Mary Green.|
|Bucket Composting with the Bokashi Method: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque To register send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Instructor: Rod Reay.|
|Home Composting Basics: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque To register send email to email@example.com. Instructor: John Zarola.|
Online Classes, Available Any TimeWe have a number of online classes available for you to watch at any time via the internet. Please see Online Classes.
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 such as 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 it would be useful to read Bokashi Bucket Composting.
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 finished compost will emphasized. 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.