Calendar

May
26
Sat
Gardening for Pollinators
May 26 @ 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. www.manontremblay.org

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities

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

Jun
2
Sat
FREE WORKSHOP: Composting Basics
Jun 2 @ 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

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Sustainable Systems Site Tour
Jun 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join our Site Manager Alysha Punnett on a tour of the Centre’s demonstration site. We’ll explore perennial polycultures and annual organic vegetable gardens, rainwater harvesting and storage, the Straw Bale classroom and our DIY greenhouse, aquaponics and composting systems!

Instructor Bio:

As 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.

Please pre-register for this event.

You can also register for the event by calling our office at 250 386 9676 or via email by contacting office@compost.bc.ca

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Jun
9
Sat
Brewing Kombucha and Kefir
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Start brewing your own yummy, good for your tummy, fermented beverages with this crash course in Kombucha, Milk Kefir and Water Kefir!

Having mysterious histories, these fermented, probiotic rich delicacies are known for being full of good things that promote overall digestive wellness. They are delicious and satisfying and there is a great number of ways you can flavor your goods! In this workshop we’ll go over the basics of how to ferment kombucha and kefir, and we’ll learn how to create effervescent kombucha with unique flavoring, like purchased kombuchas so often have.

We will be sampling these tasty fermented bevvies, and you’ll have the opportunity to take one culture home with you, so bring along a jar if you wish to take home a SCOBY for kombucha or some grains for kefir.

Instructor Bio:

Kayla is a keen foodie – growing, cooking, eating, preserving, fermenting food are all passions of hers. She’s been fermenting from the offspring of a Kombucha mother she was passed in 2012, and fermenting milk kefir from grains passed to her also in 2012. She actively trades her cultures to folks all over the city. As the Education Coordinator at the Compost Education centre, she also gets to share her joy for environmental education with kids of all ages.

Please pre-register for this event.

You can also register for the event by calling our office at 250 386 9676 or via email by contacting office@compost.bc.ca

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Jun
16
Sat
Compost Education Centre Annual General Meeting
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting hosted in the CEC’S Straw Bale, located in the heart of Fernwood at 1216 North Park Street. The AGM will take place from 11:00-12:00pm on Saturday, June 16th and following the AGM we will celebrate the CEC in the summer sun during our annual garden party. Together we will review the past year, look to our plans for the new year, share food, and learn.
AGM Attendance Highlights:

  • Free Surprise Workshop,
  • Door Prize,
  • Secret Edible Delights

Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM and attendees will be entered into a draw to win an awesome secret surprise*. Members in good standing with the Compost Education Centre have voting rights at the meeting. We look forward to your presence because your input is vital!

*Must attend the AGM in its entirety to be eligible for the free workshop and prize draw.


The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Annual Garden Party and Fundraiser
Jun 16 @ 12:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Jun
23
Sat
Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn how to make your own herbal first aid kit to have on hand for treks out into the woods or your own backyard. Become familiar with the wayside medicinal plants that grow around us and how to use them for minor first aid situations. Together we will make two types of salves, a wound powder, and disinfectant spray for your first aid kit. You will leave with a list of items to stock your first aid kit, how to identify common plants used in first aid, the medicinal preparations made together in class and a new way to treat cuts, stings and bruises.

Cost of materials = $12/person

Instructor Bio: Rebecca Singer, RHT, is a registered Medical Herbalist, combining modern scientific understanding of herbs and health with the traditional knowledge of healing. Rebecca has been working with plants as an avid gardener, artist, and educator for the past fifteen years. She is especially interested in the co-evolutionary relationship we have with plants, sustainable practices, and the places that art and healing intersect. Having recently moved from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast she has been enjoying exploring this lush new landscape of medicinal plants.

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Aug
18
Sat
August Organic Plant Sale
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Missed the window in June and July to seed your winter vegetable garden? Not to worry, we’re hosting our 7th 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 18th 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 this year will be announced in the spring of 2018.

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.

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Sep
8
Sat
FREE WORKSHOP: Composting Basics
Sep 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

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Pressure Canning
Sep 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Imagine how great it would be to open your cupboard and pull out a jar of your very own home-canned meat stew, vegetable soup, or salmon fillets! In this workshop, we’ll use a pressure canner to preserve delicious vegetarian soup by it them in glass jars. We’ll also cover the basics of modern home pressure canning techniques, equipment, safety issues, and resources for the home canner.

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.

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Sep
15
Sat
FREE: Soil: Really Important Tiny Lives
Sep 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Soil is capable of supporting plant life and is vital to life on earth, yet we understand very little about its complexities. Dig deeper with this introductory soil science workshop where we’ll look at the soil ecosystem and the microbiology that helps us grow nutritious food!

Free attendance to this workshop is generously subsidized by the CRD

Creating an Herbal Medicine Cabinet
Sep 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Get ready for the cold and flu season by learning how to stock and use a herbal medicine cabinet. Using common kitchen ingredients, and medicinal plants you’ll be ready to treat common winter illnesses both preventatively and acutely. Together we will make an herbal cough syrup for everyone to take home. Everyone will leave with a cough syrup we’ll make together, recipes and a new approach for staying healthy through the cold and flu season.

*Note* Cost of materials = $12/person, which is incorporated into ticketing prices for members and non-members.

Instructor Bio: Rebecca Singer, RHT, is a registered Medical Herbalist, combining modern scientific understanding of herbs and health with the traditional knowledge of healing. Rebecca has been working with plants as an avid gardener, artist, and educator for the past fifteen years. She is especially interested in the co-evolutionary relationship we have with plants, sustainable practices, and the places that art and healing intersect. Having recently moved from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast she has been enjoying exploring this lush new landscape of medicinal plants.

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Sep
22
Sat
FREE WORKSHOP: Worm Composting
Sep 22 @ 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

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Sep
29
Sat
Permaculture Basics
Sep 29 @ 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.

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Oct
13
Sat
FREE WORKSHOP: Composting Basics
Oct 13 @ 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

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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

Tot and Parent/Guardian Site Tour
Oct 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Parents and Guardians! Join Education Coordinator, Kayla Siefried on a tour of the Compost Education Centre’s Teaching Gardens with your wee ones!

Space is limited so please register beforehand and plan to accompany your children on this special family oriented free tour.

You can also register for the event by calling our office at 250 386 9676 or via email by contacting office at compost.bc.ca

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

Oct
20
Sat
FREE WORKSHOP: Advanced Composting
Oct 20 @ 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

Food Preservation Through Fermentation
Oct 20 @ 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 on our website.

Oct
27
Sat
Perennial Vegetables
Oct 27 @ 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 is a permaculture designer and educator. She and her husband Tayler Krawczyk own Hatchet & Seed, an edible landscaping and permaculture design business based on Vancouver Island. www.hatchetnseed.ca

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The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities

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

Nov
3
Sat
FREE WORKSHOP: Composting Basics
Nov 3 @ 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

The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa’wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

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