Calendar

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.

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
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.