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Bernalillo County Extention Master Composters: Compost Matters

Free in-person and online composting classes available.

October 25, 2021

Home composting has many benefits. One that is particularly relevant is the eventual storage of carbon in the soil. Finished compost contains about 60% carbon. After it is added to garden soil, microorganisms eventually transform the compost to humus which is very stable and persists for a long time. The carbon is locked up, i.e., sequestered, in the soil. It is better for our climate to have carbon in the soil rather than as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

On the other hand, if organic matter is sent to the landfill instead of composted, it decomposes anaerobically and produces methane gas. Methane is a greenhouse gas even more harmful than carbon dioxide.

Soon we’ll have many leaves, spent jack-o-lanterns, garden trimmings, and fruit drops to be chopped and added to a home composting setup. Continue to add your available organic leftovers during the winter months and maintain moisture as is required.

In-Person Free Classes Have Resumed

We have recently added some classes as far as 2022. You are welcome to register then attend any of the classes as often as you like. Here is the class schedule.

You Can View Some of Our Classes Online Any Time

See our online classes.

Master Composters are available to answer your questions.

Send an email to [email protected]. Be sure to include your zip code and a very detailed description of your situation. A number of Master Composters will see your email so you might get several responses. We love hearing from you. Thank you for your interest in our programs. 

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters