Calendar

Sep
30
Sat
Permaculture Basics
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Permaculture is a theory of design based in systems thinking.  This will take you through the permaculture ethics and principles using examples from the CEC site and gardens.  We will touch on social permaculture and brainstorm how we might apply what we’ve learned in our own lives.

Instructor Bio:  As the CEC’s Site Manager, Alysha Punnett practices organic gardening and permaculture in the Compost Education Centre’s gardens. Originally from the arid mountains of the Okanagan, a passion for implementing sustainable living strategies led her to the Island to complete a BSc. in Environmental Management, a Permaculture Design Certificate (Seven Ravens Permaculture Academy) and an Organic Master Gardener Certificate (Gaia College). This practical education inspired her to get her hands dirty and learn how to rehabilitate soil to grow her own food and become more self-reliant. She enjoys passing on her experience and knowledge by teaching workshops at the Centre as well as out in the community.

Compost Education Centre memberships get you free workshops, discounts at garden centres around town and more great perks!  Sign up or learn more here.

Oct
14
Sat
Composting Basics
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you!

Free attendance to this workshop is generously subsidized by the CRD

Food Preservation Through Fermentation
Oct 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Did you know that you can not only preserve vegetables, but also make them into sources of healthy bacteria, simply by adding salt? At this workshop, we’ll make some sauerkraut, taste and discuss other fermented foods like kimchi and miso, and share skills for supporting resilient food security in our communities.

Instructor Bio:  Lindsay Kearns learned home food preservation techniques from her parents, who had her assist with their annual tomato sauce canning marathons from a young age. Despite those labourious beginnings, her love of food in jars grew with her into adulthood, where it nests well into her general obsession for all things do-it-yourself. Her favourite pickle is bread-and-butter made with sliced cucumbers and onions, and this is her fourth year of teaching canning classes outside of her own kitchen.

Compost Education Centre memberships get you free workshops, discounts at garden centres around town and more great perks!  Sign up or learn more here.

Oct
21
Sat
Worm Composting
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Everything you need to know about starting up and maintaining a worm bin compost system, also known as vermicomposting.

Free attendance to this workshop is generously subsidized by the CRD

Oct
28
Sat
Perennial Vegetables
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Come and learn about the wide variety of perennial vegetables you can grow in the Pacific Northwest. Many people know about asparagus and artichokes, but did you know that there are many different perennial vegetables that do well is our climate? These plants are nutrient dense, long lived, and resilient to a changing climate, and are also delicious! We’ll explore how to propagate perennial veg and incorporate them in your edible landscape, as well as your diet.

Instructor Bio:  Solara Goldwynn owns and operates Hatchet & Seed, an edible landscaping and applied permaculture business with her partner Tayler Krawczyk, They have a small nursery that specializes in perennial edibles.

Compost Education Centre memberships get you free workshops, discounts at garden centres around town and more great perks!  Sign up or learn more here.

Nov
18
Sat
Plant Propagation
Nov 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This workshop looks at different techniques to help you grow the plants you always wanted without having to buy them! We will learn about hardwood and softwood cuttings, layering, air layering, division and grafting.

Instructor Bio:  Manon Tremblay is a Horticulturist and Environmental Educator passionate about edible plants and organic gardening. She has been working as a Landscaper and Landscape Designer for the past 15 years and loves to share her experience and interests with enthusiastic gardeners.

Compost Education Centre memberships get you free workshops, discounts at garden centres around town and more great perks!  Sign up or learn more here.