Interested in volunteering with the Compost Education Centre? Read more
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) compost.bc.ca 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:
Community outreach volunteering involves staffing the Compost Education Centre mobile displays when we attend different events throughout the CRD, such as:
- Moss St. Market
Organic Islands Festival
Community outreach is a powerful tool to spread the ‘dirt’ on composting. It’s a great experience for all involved.
Garden 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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
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!