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Backyard Composting for the NM Climate

Composting Workshop and Demonstration for beginners


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May 11, 2013
12:30 PM - 02:30 PM


Open Space Visitor Center
6500 Coors Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120


WHERE: Open Space Visitor Center | 6500 Coors Blvd NW between Montaño and Paseo del Norte at the end of Bosque Meadows Rd.

WHEN: Saturday,  May 11, 2013 | 1:30 pm – 3:30  pm


CONTACT: Kim Selving | Parks & Recreation Dept., Open Space Division | 505-897-8831 | [email protected] |

How is it that someone can get excited about waste products like apple cores, coffee grounds, banana peels, grass clippings and…. horse manure!?  John Zarola is a Compost specialist and coordinator for the Bernalillo County Extension’s Master Composter program.  He would like nothing better then to show you how to get jazzed about what you may currently consider a waste product.  Learn how to create your own soil amendments. Compost in your soil can reduce your water and solid waste bills, reduce you septic tank load, and turn food scraps into a resource during this “Hands On” demonstration.

We don’t often consider the wealth of vitamins, minerals and energy that passes through our everyday lives in the form of garbage.  Yet a seasoned gardener or farmer will tell you just how important it is to amend topsoil with such byproducts.  What you take out of the soil will need to be replaced.  This demonstration will show you the best way to have an effective composting system for our dry New Mexico climate.  We will explore different methods of making a compost bin using everything from hay bales to shipping pallets.  Every student of this demonstration will walk away with a solid understanding of composting technique and practice.  Take home literature will be provided.

A general overview presentation of composting methods which will include: hot, cold,

pit, trench, piles, worms, compost tea and soil amending.




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