Calendar

Feb
23
Sat
Plastic Free Living
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Plastic Free Living

Plastics products have only been in the home for a few generations and yet today’s society has forgotten how to store food, clean our homes and live our lives without plastics and single use packaging. We will be discussing chemical components of plastics and how they may cause harm, how to transition away from single use items that are overwhelming our landfill, looking at classic reusable and sustainable products and newer innovations that help to avoid plastics in the home.

Instructor Bio:
After decades of living very sustainably at home, growing her own food, composting, collecting rain water, making all her own soaps and cosmetics from natural ingredients, participating in beach clean ups and other volunteer activities on her days off only to return to a corporate workplace that produced massive amounts of trash, Leanne Gallagher Allen decided she wanted to be more than just a “drop in the bucket” when it came to positively impacting the future of our environment. She realized that the best way to have a greater impact was to make it as easy and affordable as possible for other people in her community to live more sustainably too.

Dissatisfied with the overabundance of plastic packaging and the lack of product selection, Leanne searched for a way to provide simple and effective cleaning solutions without the worry of petrochemicals and excessive single use plastic packaging. In July 2017 Leanne opened the first Zero Waste focused shop on Vancouver Island which encouraged people to bring in their own clean empty bottles and containers to be filled by weight over and over again with all natural, Canadian made products. www.westcoastrefill.com/

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase

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.

Mar
2
Sat
FREE WORKSHOP: Composting Basics
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description

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.

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.

Spring Planting: From Seed to Seedling
Mar 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Spring Planting: From Seed to Seedling:

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.

www.manontremblay.org

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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.

Mar
16
Sat
Grow Your Own Food 101
Mar 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Want to grow your own groceries but not sure where to start? This is a crash course in veggie growing designed for those who want to start growing their own fresh produce. We will touch on site selection, timing, starting seeds, diseases and pests and more!

Instructor Bio:

A keen sustainability activist, Kayla Siefried 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! As the Site Manager and a backyard gardener, Kayla practices organic gardening and permaculture in the Compost Education Centre’s gardens and in her own urban backyard. She’s gathered knowledge from a variety of wise teachers after living and working on numerous permaculture inspired food growing farms in Canada, Australia, Ecuador, Cambodia. She’s completed various permaculture and gardening trainings, after she completed her formal education at the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies.

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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.

Mar
23
Sat
Gardening for Garry Oak Ecosystems
Mar 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Over the last 10,000 years Victoria’s dry climate and Indigenous land management activities have resulted in a unique array of plant species. Lucky for us, many of these are well-suited to home gardens and some are even drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and edible!

Participants will gain a better understanding of how gardening with native plants can help maintain local biodiversity, including the wildlife that depends on our native flora. This workshop will also give an overview of the great potential Victoria has in turning lawned areas to wildflower meadows.

Instructor Bio:

Kristen Miskelly is a biologist who specializes in the restoration and botany of southeastern Vancouver Island and is passionate about ecology, conservation, and native plant propagation. Kristen co-operates a native plant nursery and consulting business in Saanich, Saanich Native Plants, that she hopes will assist others in conserving and enhancing natural habitat. Kristen received her MSc from the University of Victoria in 2012, focusing on the ancient vegetation of southern Vancouver Island. She has a diverse background in botany, conservation, and ecological restoration and regularly teaches courses and workshops focused on plant identification, restoration, and naturescaping.

http://www.saanichnativeplants.com/

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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.

Mar
30
Sat
Teapot Medicine
Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Teapot Medicine will be an exploration of scent, flavour, and sensation. Together we will sample teas and learn about a range of plant characteristics and health benefits including relaxation, digestion, improve mineral intake and more. A few plants that you will be introduced to are holy basil, skullcap, nettle, elderflower, mint and more. You will leave with a new knowledge of medicinal properties, which flavours you enjoy, how they benefit you and an individual medicinal tea formulated specifically for you.

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.

www.twigstonemedicine.com

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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.

Apr
6
Sat
FREE WORKSHOP: Composting Basics
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Description

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.

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.

Indigenous Plant Walk
Apr 6 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Join Ashley Cooper in exploring 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:

Ashley 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.

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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.

Apr
13
Sat
Backyard Rainwater Management
Apr 13 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Long summer droughts and winter deluges make rainwater management in our region a challenging proposition. In this workshop you will learn how use rain as a resource and protect the environment by reducing pressure on our stormwater systems. The focus will be on practical design techniques that allow you to mimic the function of natural systems to solve practical water problems in your landscape. Learn about rain gardens, bioswales, rainwater harvesting and more from an experienced industry professional.

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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.

May
4
Sat
Building Healthy Soil
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Truly bigger than the sum of its parts, soil is a partnership with mutual benefits. Learn about the soil partners and the roles they play, and find out how easy it is to create and support a healthy soil ecosystem. The reward? Healthy plants with high nutritional value and a natural resilience against pests and disease.

Instructor Bio:
Christina’s background is landscape design. She has been teaching organic horticulture at Gaia College for ten years and she currently runs a local fertilizer business, the Organic Gardener’s Pantry. Christina also serves as director on the board of SOUL (Society for Organic Urban Land Care). If there’s time left, she can be found in the garden, smiling while spreading mulch.

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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.

May
11
Sat
Spring Organic Plant Sale
May 11 @ 10:00 am – May 17 @ 2:00 pm

Description

The Compost Education Centre (CEC) is hosting our 16th annual all-organic spring plant sale! The event is on Saturday May 12th, 10am-2pm at the CEC demonstration site at 1216 North Park Street. The Spring Organic Plant Sale features local farmers offering a wide variety of organically grown vegetable, flower and herb seedlings to get you off to a successful start this growing season.

What you can look forward to:
• The largest selection of organically grown heirloom tomato varieties all in one place for easy shopping
• Organically grown vegetable starts from arugula to zucchini
• Native plants for your low maintenance garden
• Perennial edibles like berry bushes and other fruiting shrubs
• Medicinal herbs like English lavender, chamomile and yarrow
• Culinary herbs like Genovese basil, dill and chives
• Companion plants like marigolds, sweet cicely and comfrey
• Live music!

2010 VENDORS To Be Announced!

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.

May
25
Sat
Climate Wise Gardening
May 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

This solution-focused workshop will explore the choices available to gardeners to contribute to the global effort to reverse human-caused climate change. We will look at the carbon footprint of some common gardening practices and explore climate-friendly alternatives. We’ll examine simple ways to store carbon and water in landscapes and to adapt gardens to be more resilient to changes in the climate.

Instructor Bio:

Libby Seabrook is the owner of Earthwise Gardens, a small Fernwood-based garden maintenance company specializing in climate-friendly, ecological, organic gardening. She is always keen to share her love of veggie gardening, garden therapy, edible and medicinal landscaping, permaculture, native plants and ecological restoration. www.earthwisegardens.ca

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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
8
Sat
Food Preservation Basics
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Come learn the basics of how to preserve the season’s abundance. We will learn the basics of hot water bath canning, dehydrating, freezing, storing, and fermenting. Preserving foods is not only a delicious way to taste summer in the dark rainy days of winter, but it is also an act of sustainability and creates more security in the food system.

Instructor Bio:
Kayla is a keen foodie – growing, cooking, eating, preserving, fermenting food are all passions of hers. She sees food preservation not only as a delicious and healthy way to preserve the bounty of the summer season, but also as one way to create a more food secure regional system, and lower her personal impact on the environment all while having fun!

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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
15
Sat
Creating an Herbal First Aid Kit
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

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.

Sep
7
Sat
Water Bath Canning
Sep 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Harvest season is here, and it’s time to look at what foods we can preserve for winter enjoyment. At this hands-on workshop, we’ll make a batch of berry jam and preserve it in glass jars. We’ll also cover the basics of modern hot-water bath canning techniques, equipment, safety issues, and resources for the home canner. Each participant will take home a jar of jam to enjoy.

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.

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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.

Sep
14
Sat
Creating an Herbal Medicine Cabinet
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

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.

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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.

Sep
21
Sat
Perennial Polyculture Design: An Intro to Fruit Tree Guilds
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

Healthy mid-successional forests grow plants in distinct layers, taking advantage of the different micro-climates and ecological niches that develop. With careful planning, our gardens can do the same thing.

This workshop will provide an overview of the different layers in a ‘forest garden’, what multi-functional species we can use and how to put them together to create a beautiful, abundant & bio-diverse plantings.

Participants will be supported to draft their own scaled design of a small fruit tree guild or small forest garden depending on their level of experience & familiarity with planting design. Please bring a clipboard or small hard surface to write on, several pieces of paper (ideally graph-paper) and your favourite pencils and pens.

Bio:

Tayler Krawczyk, with his wife Solara, co-manages Hatchet & Seed, an edible landscaping & ecological design company based in Victoria, BC. Since 2011, they’ve been transforming barren, boring yards into thriving edible ecosystems. They also practice permaculture principles in their own backyard in Vic West, with integrated chicken coop + compost systems, light greywater re-use, edible plant nursery, rain gardens, greenhouses, fruit trees and veggie gardens; all on 1/10th of an acre lot. Retro-suburbia and regenerative agriculture now!


Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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.

Nov
2
Sat
Grow Your Own Mushrooms
Nov 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

In this workshop you will learn how to cultivate mushrooms indoors and in your backyard using low tech methods. Fungal biology and cultivation theory will be presented in a lecture format followed by one hour hands-on making your own 5 gallon Oyster Mushroom straw bucket to take home. The lecture will include making liquid culture, grain spawn, sawdust spawn, mushroom logs, wood chip beds, and straw bags/buckets.

Vadim Junea has five years of mushroom growing experience and grows oyster mushrooms for 10 Acres Farm and Restaurant. After studying microbiology at University of Guelph he moved to Vancouver Island to pursue a good life growing food and living closer to the land. He is passionate about mycology and nutrition, and seeks to encourage people to grow their own food as means to deepen their relationship with themselves and nature. Vadim currently resides in Victoria and works as a farmer at the 10 Acres Farm.

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

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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
16
Sat
Plant Propagation
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description

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

Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 90 days of ticket purchase.

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.