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Compost Production & Application on Rangelands

June 20 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Join us in Ocate, NM and learn both how to produce compost, then about organic amendment application for rangeland soil health.

Experts from Reunity Resources will demonstrate the Aerated Static Pile (ASP) composting system. ASP is a no-turn process that uses the naturally occurring microbial population in the feedstocks along with the appropriate oxygen supply and moisture to rapidly mature and age the organic waste into a valuable soil amendment. ASP is a useful method for agriculture producers or rural area residents who want to dispose of organic waste without taking it to the landfill. In addition, participants will learn about compost & biochar applications on rangelands as well as a couple soil health field monitoring techniques. Quivira Coalition staff will share preliminary results from case studies of compost, biochar and bale grazing applied at other ranches. The workshop will be taught by Amy Larsen of the Quivira Coalition and by Trevor Ortiz of Reunity Resources.

This workshop is FREE and limited to 25 participants.

Check-in for registration will take place at 8:30am and the workshop will start shortly after. Participants will spend the majority of the day outside, so be prepared with layers for wind, rain, and sun protection.

Contact Amy Larson at carbonranch@quiviracoalition.org or at (505) 820-2544 with any questions.

Scholarships are Available for Compost Training! 
These training opportunities are offered to residents of Taos County, Mora County or rural residents.

Direct questions about scholarships to: Amy Larsen; carbonranch@quiviracoalition.org; (505) 820-2544

Similar workshops will be held in Santa Fe on June 3rd and Taos on July 20th.
There will also be a stakeholders meeting in fall 2023 to further discuss waste reduction in Mora County.

For more detailed information on composting and soil health, please reference our Technical Guides and videos:

Rural Dryland Composting publication
Soil Health Workbook
Introduction to Aerated Static Pile Composting video
Worm and Aerated Static Pile Composting in Rural Drylands video
Regenerate 2022 Organic Amendments on Rangelands video
Regenerate 2022 – Erosion Control video

This workshop is sponsored by two grants: 1) USDA-Rural Utilities Grant to provide compost demonstrations and opportunities to residents of Mora County; &
2) USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant to build capacity for producers to use organic amendments in rangelands. It is a collaborative effort by all partners listed.


June 20
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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