Community Education Workshops

Workshops can be delivered during our regular business hours: Wednesday-Saturday, between 10am and 4pm.

Composting Basics, Worm Composting and Soil Life workshops can be shortened for a “lunch and learn” format.  These hour-long workshops cost $90.

To book a workshop, call us at 250-386-9676 or get in touch via our contact form.

We require at least 48 hours notice for workshop cancellation.  If you are not able to give us 48 hours notice, we reserve the right to charge you the full workshop fee.

Composting Basics (1.5 hrs, $100)
This is an informative session on what it takes to produce an amendment for your garden that is rich in beneficial microorganisms and nutrients! We’ll cover the 6 factors for composting success, how to choose the best composting system for your needs and how to increase the rodent resistance of your compost pile.

Advanced Composting  (1.5 hrs, $100)

Advanced Composting aims to broaden the scope of participants’ knowledge of composting methods.  Topics covered will include dynamic accumulators and hot composting, compost tea, in-situ composting methods and humanure.

Worm Composting  (1.5 hrs, $100)
Everything you need to know about vermicomposting.  Topics covered include starting up, maintaining and trouble-shooting a worm bin compost system.  A few other small space composting systems are discussed.

Soil Life  (1.5 hrs, $100)
All about the really important tiny lives in your soil.  The soil food web will be discussed, as well as the functions of microbial life in the soil and how they contribute to a healthy, vibrant garden.

Grow Your Own Food 101 (2 hrs, $125)
Want to grow your own groceries but not sure where to even start?  This is a workshop designed for total beginners who want to get their hands dirty and start producing fresh produce in their backyards or in containers.

Planning Your Year Round Veggie Garden (2 hrs, $125)
Here in Victoria good planning makes it possible to harvest produce from our gardens during every month of the year.  This presentation will show you how to make your garden more intensive by planning crop rotations, using protective covers and understanding how winter growing works!

Permaculture Basics (2 hrs, $125)

Permaculture is a sustainable design theory modeled on natural ecosystems.  This workshop touches on permaculture history, ethics and principles, and scale-able ways to apply the theory to your garden and home.

 Sustainable Systems Site Tour (1hr, $90)

We offer guided tours during which participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the many ecological gardening techniques and processes at work on the Compost Education Centre’s site.  Topics covered include attracting pollinators, permaculture guilds and food forests, organic vegetable growing, soil stewardship and rainwater harvesting.

Green Cone Information Session (1 hr, $75)

Ideal for apartment buildings, stratas, condos or anyone wanting to educate a group on how to best use this amazing organics disposal system.  The Green Cone is our most popular strategy for complying with the Capital Region-wide ban on organics to the landfill.  This workshop includes:

  • One hour explanation of how to use the Green Cone to its full potential,
  • Paper copies of our Green Cone Digester Factsheet to distribute to each unit in your complex,
  • Member pricing on your first 2 Green Cones ($148.50 instead of $165)
  • Ongoing support via our hotline

Workshop add-on:  Site Assessment ($75/hour)

Let us help you put your new knowledge into practice! Immediately after your workshop, our staff will walk your site with you to discuss options and locations for composting systems, help with maintenance strategies, or troubleshoot existing compost systems.