Calendar

Feb
25
Sat
Planning Your Year Round Veggie Garden (#2)
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Here in Victoria good planning makes it possible to harvest produce from our gardens during every month of the year. Knowing when to sow seeds is important. But it’s just as crucial to know when and how to transition one crop to another. This presentation will show you how to make your garden more intensive by planning crop rotations.

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.

Mar
4
Sat
Composting Basics
Mar 4 @ 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

Spring Planting: From Seed to Seedling
Mar 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Spring is here and it’s time to get your hands dirty! Learn how to start seeds, transplant and harden off your seedlings, as well as care for your crops. This workshop also covers principles of crop rotation, soil building, and how to make your own organic fertilizers to maintain plant health.

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.

Mar
11
Sat
Worm Composting
Mar 11 @ 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

Zero Waste
Mar 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ever dream of a life where you create no waste? With some thought and planning, it’s possible! In this workshop, we’ll explore a typical home – from the bathroom to the kitchen, the garden to the living room, and identify a variety of ways that you can go waste free by making simple changes in your everyday life. At the end of the workshop, we’ll each make a commitment to an action that we will hold each other accountable to in weeks to come. Bring something to write with (an upcycled scrap paper journal perhaps?)

Instructor Bio: A keen sustainability activist (and the Compost Ed’s Education Coordinator), Kayla finds meaning in advocating for and living an environmentally sustainable life that involves bicycles, all things soils, food, and gardening, and general awareness of the earth we live on!

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

Mar
25
Sat
Agricultural Planning: From Balcony to the Back 40
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

How much food (and land) would it take to feed me? my family? every one?…With a broad understanding of our “foodprint”, students will extend their planning skills in contexts as small as a balcony and as large as the back 40. zIt will make use of the “footprint toolkit” available here to envision the inputs, outputs and cycleputs of a nutritious and resilient personal food system.

Instructor Bio:  James Richardson is a teacher, designer, builder, farmer and cultivator of social change. His research in sustainable food system planning explored some fundamental questions such as what it would take to feed the city of Vancouver and his PhD in resilient regional planning utilized Ecological Footprinting to redesign Wellington, NZ. He brings an experiential flare to his teachings following a dynamic teaching career in Canada, New Zealand, Guyana, and the United States. James is a student of Permaculture, natural building, biodynamic farming and brings to the Conscious Design Collective a deep understanding of the art and science of sustainability.

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

Apr
1
Sat
Indigenous Plant Walk
Apr 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Explore the native plants that dwell here at the Compost Education Centre and learn about their traditional uses. We will also consider the larger bioregion that underlies the cityscape and discuss how we can grow beyond a colonial system of food production into one that also respects traditional foods, native ecosystems, and the indigenous cultures of this land.

Instructor Bio:

Ashlee Cooper (Tsartlip First Nation) is a SENĆOŦEN language specialist and education coordinator for the PEPÁḴEṈ HAUTW̱ Program; she is currently working hard to revitalize important cultural knowledge and practices in her community and beyond.

Judith Lyn Arney is a local ethnoecologist whose work includes the coordination of three restoration projects in W̱SÁNEĆ territory and directing the PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW̱ Program (pepakenhautw.com).

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

Apr
8
Sat
Composting Basics
Apr 8 @ 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

Grow Your Own Food 101
Apr 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Want to grow your own groceries but not sure where to even start?  This is a workshop designed for total beginners who want to start growing their own fresh produce.

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.

Apr
15
Sat
Advanced Composting
Apr 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.

*If you are new to composting, we suggest you take one of our Composting Basics workshops before taking Advanced Composting.

Free attendance to this workshop is generously subsidized by the CRD