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Screenshots of Chris teaching a sheet mulching tutorial
Chris teaches an online sheet mulching tutorial

The Compost Education Centre office is currently closed, but staff are on site for contactless sales Wed-Sat, 10am – 4pm and we have instructional workshops online at various times (check our Eventbrite page for more details).

 

We sell composters, composting accessories, online workshops, memberships (which include a free workshop and 10% off at select local shops), seeds and native plant knowledge cards.

 

Give us a call, 250.386.WORM (9676), to place your order and arrange a pickup time at our gate

 

As always, feel free to peruse our fact sheets for info about everything from best practices for urban gardens to how to DIY your own greenhouse.

 

Regretfully, we do not sell worms or compost from our site currently.

Compost on!

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CEC, COVID-19 Preparedness and Flattening the Curve


The Compost Education Centre is currently doing its part to respond to COVID 19 concerns and working to “flatten the curve” of the outbreak.

Although policies and events are evolving rapidly we are currently:

  • Maintaining a healthy work environment with posted information about how to stop the spread of illness.
  • Encouraging employees, visitors and workshop attendees to stay home when ill, having traveled to one of the countries on Canada’s advisory list or having had recent contact with a sick person.
  • Promoting proper hygiene (hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette) and social distancing among employees, visitors and workshop attendees.
  • Ensuring easy availability of soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer products.
  • Expanding and establishing policies and tools that enable employees to work from home.

You can connect to trusted information via the Office of the Provincial Health Officer or the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Healing City Soils 2019 Update

The Royal Roads University Student Team, GVA Soil Solutions, has wrapped up their work with Healing City Soils for 2019.  This year the team continued their focus on testing and mapping soil quality in the West Shore Communities, but also received many applications from all over the CRD.  Their final report, with many illuminating results, can be read in our office located at 1216 North Park.
The updated soil quality map, which includes 2019 soil test locations ranging from Sooke to Sidney, can be found here: http://www.compost.bc.ca/healing-city-soils/victoria-soil-quality-map/
Applicants can expect to receive their test results this fall as well as notifications on how to access to the free workshop “Understanding and Addressing Soil Contamination for Gardeners”.  This workshop, led by soil remediation and mapping expert Steeve Deschenes, assists applicants in making sense of their test results and then making a plan for their gardens should they have higher-than-normal levels of heavy metals in their soils.

August Organic Plant Sale: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Missed the window in June and July to seed your winter vegetable garden? Not to worry, we’re hosting our 8th annual August Organic Plant sale so you can still have fresh greens and herbs throughout the winter!

The plant sale will be held Saturday, August 17th from 10am to 1pm on the street outside the CEC (1216 North Park Street). Gardeners can expect to find a wide selection of plants for fall and winter growing and harvest including kale, broccoli, cabbages, collards, arugula, cold hardy lettuces, herbs like cilantro and parsley, and many others. Local, organic farmers are:

Ravensong Seeds

Saanich Organics

The Compost Education Centre

Metchosin Farm

Cam Kidd with Perennials, and Mushroom Spawn

Haliburton Farm

and more!

No need to register for this event but feel free to call our office at 250 386 9676 or contact us via email at office at compost.bc.ca if you have any questions.