Calendar

Jun
3
Sat
Composting Basics
Jun 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

Backyard Foraging
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This outdoor workshop that will teach you a whole new appreciation for the weeds in your garden! We will discuss identification techniques, edibility, common medicinal uses and how to use weeds as soil condition indicators. Wander around the Compost Education Centre gardens and neighbourhood to examine weeds growing under a variety of conditions and learn to decipher what they are trying to tell us.

Instructor Bio: Katherine Harding is a wild foods enthusiast and the owner of The Wild Foods Experience, a company geared towards teaching people about sustainability, wild foods, and the ecosystems they inhabit. Her knowledge of plants and mushrooms comes from her work as a Garry Oak Recovery Technician for Parks Canada, her Environmental Technology diploma studies, her work as a gardener and a lot of time hanging out with ethnobotany literature. Currently Katherine forages a large part of her diet both in her neighbourhood and out in the forest, and enjoys experimenting with recipes in her 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.

Jun
10
Sat
Creating a Herbal First Aid Kit
Jun 10 @ 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 backyard. We will talk about the medicinal plants used in the kit, what they’re medicinal properties are how to use them and together assemble a kit including: a wound salve, insect sting remedy, wound powder. You will leave with a list of items to stock your first aid kit, how to identify common plants used in first aid, the products made together in class and a new way to treat cuts, stings and bruises.

Instructor Bio: Rebecca Singer is a 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.

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

Jun
17
Sat
Make Your Own Miso
Jun 17 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Let’s make miso! Miso is a paste that is most often made from fermented beans, salt, and grains inoculated with a special mold called koji. It shines when featured in miso soup, and is a delicious ingredient that adds a savoury flavour and nutrition to so many other dishes! In this workshop, we’ll make our own miso by mixing prepared cultured rice from a local Japanese grocery store with other ingredients. We’ll also discuss the wide variety of methods used for making miso, other foods that can be made with koji, and resources for learning more.

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.

Sep
9
Sat
Composting Basics
Sep 9 @ 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

Summer Pruning
Sep 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This workshop will focus on summer pruning of fruit trees, which can continue into September.  We will cover the key concepts of summer pruning and do demonstration pruning on selected trees at the Compost Ed Centre.

As an extra bonus, there will be a question and pruner-sharpening period from 3-4pm for those of you who are able to stay a bit longer!

Instructor Bio:  As a student of horticulture, pruning was always a hugely fascinating subject for Gordon. Fruit tree pruning scared (or should that be ‘scarred’?) him a lot, so much so that he rarely even made the first cut!  It became a mission to find out more about it, a lot more. Through lots of trial and error (quite a few errors actually) and training the hand and eye, he has managed to learn the many facets of this particular pruning style.
He was trained in the craft of horticulture at both the Threave School of Gardening (two years) and Pershore College of Horticuture (three years) and along with running his own pruning business and a small specialty nursery (Alba Plants), he now instructs with Pacific Horticulture College’s Landscape Horticulture Technician Program.

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

 

Sep
16
Sat
Advanced Composting
Sep 16 @ 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

Creating a Herbal Medicine Cabinet
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Be ready for cold and flu season this year with a medicine cabinet full of medicinal plants and remedies that work both preventatively and for acute infections. This workshop includes a demonstration component giving you hands on experience to be able to replicate at home some straightforward remedies to be able to stock your cabinet into the future. Everyone will leave with a container of cough syrup, recipes and instructions for other herbal preparations and a new approach for staying healthy through cold and flu season.

Instructor Bio:  Rebecca Singer is a 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.

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

Sep
23
Sat
Soil: Really Important Tiny Lives
Sep 23 @ 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

Pressure Canning
Sep 23 @ 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 baked beans by sealing 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.

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

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.