Category: Events

Compost Educator Training this September!

The Basics:
The Compost Educator Program (CEP) is a comprehensive volunteer training program that has been offered by the Centre since 1992.

The CEP includes 10 hours of classroom, practical, and hands-on instruction.  It is spread over the course of two Saturdays.

The next session will take place on Saturday September 20 from 10am-3pm and Saturday September 27 from 10am-3pm.

Space is limited to 15 participants per session.

Cost is $50.

To reserve your space in the Compost Educator Program, please email Clare at education (a) or register online HERE.

Features of the training:

  •  Site tour, Centre services & staff orientation
  • Composting systems & methods
  • Compost pile maintenance & troubleshooting
  • Worm-bins & indoor composting
  • Answers for the public’s Compost FAQ
  • Hot compost pile building
  • Community educational outreach skills
  • Intro to permaculture principles & application
  • Organic gardening & soil building
  • Comprehensive compost manual that is yours to keep
  • Potluck lunches!

Following the training course, volunteers can lend their skills to the Centre as community educators and site volunteers.

Volunteer opportunities include:

outreach displayCommunity outreach volunteering involves staffing the Compost Education Centre mobile displays when we attend different events throughout the CRD, such as:

  • Moss St. Market
    Seedy Saturday
    Organic Islands Festival

Community outreach is a powerful tool to spread the ‘dirt’ on composting.  It’s a great experience for all involved.



garden volunteersGarden volunteering is a great opportunity to learn new skills and help out in the gardens at the Compost Ed Centre!  Work bees are held on the first Saturday of every month from 12:30-3:30.  Each one is focused on a relevant task in the garden for that month of the growing season.  We begin with a short theory lesson to give some background on the task and then get dirty applying the new knowledge in the garden.

Fall organic plant sale on Aug 16th!

Here at the Compost Education Centre, we always enjoy watching beautiful starts leave the sale to find their new homes in gardens around town.  We’ll be hosting our second plant sale of the year on Saturday August 16th from 10am-1pm.  This is a great opportunity to pick up some great veggie starts such as broccoli, kale and chard varieties for healthy winter eating!


August is ‘bring a friend for free’ month!

We are excited to offer a 2-for-1 special on our August workshops!  For the month of August, all Compost Club members who take a workshop can bring a friend along for free.  When registering online, simply purchase your workshop ticket as you usually do, then choose the option to bring along a friend at no cost.  Looking forward to seeing you and your pals at these fantastic events!

You can choose from two awesome August workshops for the promotion:

beeNatural Beekeeping
August 9th

Are you curious about how to get started with natural backyard beekeeping? Join Tara Beninger, local beekeeper extraordinaire, to learn all about effective and natural beekeeping. Topics will include advantages of different hive designs, how to build an effective hive for our specific climate, natural approaches to bee health, bee-friendly hive management, and more!  To register, click here.
August 23rd

Aquaponics is an efficient, sustainable system that produces both fish and hydroponic vegetables! We will examine the development of aquaponics, techniques, new innovations and home-scale projects for the sustainable urban gardener. A range of potential crops and fish will be discussed, and we will also cover different materials and where to source them. The main focus will be on freshwater home  systems, with the Compost Centre’s demonstration garden providing a practical example. We will also take a tour of the large-scale aquaponics system at Mason Street City Farm just a few blocks away from the Compost Education Centre!  To register, click here. 


FernFest is coming up on the summer solstice!

Attention Victoria, you are invited to Fernwood Square on Friday night and all day Saturday, June 20 & 21, to celebrate 19 years of FernFest and the summer solstice. The weekend is filled with an eclectic line-up of musical talent that you might not know but are guaranteed to love. FernFest always showcases the very best of Victoria’s vibrant local music scene. Did we mention the event is free and open to all ages?
FernFest is a unique neighbourhood music and arts festival that began in 1995. For almost 2 decades, with the help of local businesses and many volunteers, this family friendly event has been transforming the neighbourhood into a carnival of wonder and shared celebration.
kidical massOn Saturday, wake up and catch the Pancake Breakfast cooked up by the great folks of the Fernwood Inn. Explore the treasures of over 40 artisans and vendors, drop in for a capoeira demo on the Field of Dreams, play and make art in the Kid’s Zone. Don’t miss the Kidical Mass Bike Parade, Fernwood Art Stroll, Fernwood Paint-off, Senior’s High Tea, painting the Bubble Man’s car, silent auction, and many more fun filled surprises. Fernwood Square will be rocking all day and night with live music conveniently located in front of the beer garden. As per usual, we’ve got delicious Phillips beer and this year we’ve added Lonetree Cider on tap. Benji Duke, of the Friday Quiz, will be there to guide us through 15 music acts including The New Groovement, Bučan Bučan, Kikeyambay and High Society.
We are excited to announce that the FernFest Field of Dreams (the Vic High field) will be back for its second year! The Field is going to be all things fun. In addition to its own mini stage, we’ve got kid’s activities like balloon twisting, tie dye, a cardboard castle, face-painting, and more. Keep an eye out for clowns, magicians, storytellers, and hula hoopers! Don’t worry parents; we balance this circus extravaganza with a by-donation massage tent from ViVi Therapy.
fernfestFernFest always leaves you with a sense of wonder and celebration. The goal is to bring people together in the spirit of fun and shared experiences. Thank you to all the local businesses, silent auction donors, musicians, artists, and volunteers who come together every year to make this event possible! There is no better place to be on the longest days of the year.
For a the full program of events, check out

Pollination Education Day on June 14th!

Without pollinators, humans and wildlife wouldn’t have much to eat! Bees, butterflies, wasps and even bats, ants, birds and beetles pollinate over 90% of the planet’s flowering plants and over 75% of human food crops.

Join us on Saturday June 14th from 10am-2pm for a day of education about creating habitat for pollinators, and what to plant in your garden to attract these valuable animals and insects.

We will also be hosting two free workshops:

Mason Bees from 10:00am-11:00am

Natural Beekeeping from 1:00pm-2:00pm

No registration is necessary, just come by and enjoy learning from local experts!