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Our Schools Program is now taking youth workshop bookings for Winter and Spring 2021! We have 6 different workshops to choose from for students in Preschool to Grade 12, on topics including composting, worm care, soil ecology, organic gardening and sustainable living. We will be offering our programs in-person with COVID safety protocols in place – such as teaching in outdoor spaces, with smaller groups, and maintaining physical distance from students. Online workshops are also available upon request. See below for full descriptions of all our current youth workshop offerings:

Compost Education Centre – 2021 Schools Program Flyer

*New* Factsheet #19 Bioremediation for Urban Gardeners

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new factsheet: #19 Bioremediation for Urban Gardeners, written by soil toxicologist and HCS program creator Danielle Stevenson, as part of our Healing City Soils project!
This factsheet is an introduction to beginner-level phyto (plant) remediation in soils that are contaminated with low-to-moderate levels of heavy metals. By working with native and non-native plants phyto-remediation is a process that slowly extracts heavy metal contaminants from soil. The factsheet is available for free online at our website: https://compost.bc.ca/…/09/19-Bioremediation_no-image.pdf
Bioremediation for Urban Gardeners is the third factsheet in the CEC’s factsheet series all about soil health and best practices if higher-than-normal levels of heavy metals are detected in your soil. If you’re interested in diving in, we recommend that you start with Factsheets #11 and #12, which introduce you to soil contamination and best practices for growing food in urban spaces.
The beautiful image pictured is snip of our ‘Hyperaccumulator’ poster created by local artist Natassia Davies (@ natassiaashley on Instagram), which will soon be available for sale at the CEC- stay tuned!

August Plant Sale: Vendor List, & COVID Protocols

August Organic Plant Sale
Saturday, August 8, 10am-1pm
Vendor plant list (some vendors missing):
Compost Education Centre

Brussel Sprouts (Igor)
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Lennox Cabbage
Galleon Cauliflower
Fordhook Chard
Rainbow Chard
Danish Ballhead Cabbage
Siberian Kale
Rainbow Kale
Lacinato Kale
Red Russian Kale
Kale mix
Collards
Arugula
Red Romaine
Mixed Mustards

Metchosin Farms

-lettuce
-chard
-kale
-salad mix
-collard
-purple sprouting broccoli
-broccoli
-corn salad
-cilantro
-Springbank clover (traditionally-cultivated native food plant – what Clover Point in Victoria is named after)
-white guava
-dragon fruit cactus
-passion fruit vine

Haliburton Farms (Joyful Agriculture)
Black currant
Rosemary
Butterfly milkweed
Mallow
Lavender
Gooseberry

Chard, rainbow
Kale, assorted
Green onion
Snow pea
Rapini
Tatsoi
Lettuces
Cabbage

Fresh Produce:

Tomatoes
Potatoes
Assorted herbs
Kale
Chard
Garlic
Squashes
Flower bouquets

Saanich Organics

Beets, collards, rutabaga, kohlrabi, green onions, cabbage, napa cabbage, chard, lettuce, spinach, mei qing choi, arugula, purple top turnips, red russian kale, sprouting broccoli, tatsoi, corn salad (mache) and cilantro