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Hugelkultur!

March 22, 2021

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Watering the layers so the wood soaks it up and saves it for drier times!

 

On the rainiest of rainy days, a few brave souls got together to build a sweet raised bed out of rotting wood, green garden waste and compost.  Hugelkultur is German for “hill culture” and it’s a great way to use rotting wood’s capacity to store water to your advantage.  The quick and dirty: lay rotting logs in a line, add brush material on top, then a layer of nitrogen-rich green materials, then soil, then compost, then soil, then plant!  Of course there’s more to it than that, check out our Site Manager’s more detailed blog post about it here.  Huge thanks to Vic High’s garden club who provided the site for this little hugel demo and who helped with the build!

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It might not look like much now, but that thing’s gonna grow some great food!
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Organic Pest Management by Alysha Punnett

July 6, 2017

Alysha Punnett wrote an excellent article published in the Village Vibe about organic pest management.  Check it out here!

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Compost Ad Challenge: snap, enter, win

May 17, 2017

Get ready to see the see the Compost Education Centre’s message rolling by you soon! Our message of composting and conservation will be advertised on the side of BC Transit buses in Victoria during the month of May. To celebrate our mobile messaging, we’re running a photo contest. Keep you eyes peeled (heh heh) for our ad on a bus when you’re walking, cycling, or driving by and then (carefully) take a photo or a selfie with the location and bus number and submit it to us. Each entry will be entered into a draw to win a $100 Whole Foods gift card.

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We’re Hiring!

November 30, 2016

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We are seeking a highly organized, energetic and motivated person to join our team as an Administration and Communications Coordinator. This is a permanent position with a 21 hour work week (Wednesday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm).

The Administration and Communications Coordinator is responsible for all office administrative duties, communications activities, community education and outreach, report and grant writing assistance.

Click here for the full job posting

Submit a resume, cover letter and references via email by 11:59pm on Monday January 2nd, 2017

Resume should be submitted to Marika Smith at info@compost.bc.ca

Subject Heading:  Administration and Communications Coordinator Application

Resume Filename: LastName_FirstName_Application_2017

We thank all those who apply for their interest in our organization, but only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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What on Earth? Stories Rooted in Land and Nature, Nov 4th, 7:30-9:30

August 31, 2016

Storytellers_Guild_Fundraiser_Poster_webJoin the Victoria Storytellers’ Guild for an evening of stories rooted in land and nature.

You are welcome to come to listen or can also bring a story of your own to share. Stories can be of different lengths up to 10 minutes or so. Shorter stories are welcome, too. They can be folk tales, fairy tales, myths, legends, personal stores (happened to the teller or someone close to them), can have some singing or response from the audience. They must be told “by heart”, that is, not read from text or with the use of notes.

Admission by donation at the door, with all proceeds going to support the Compost Education Centre’s programming. Tea and cookies will be provided

When:  7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Friday, November 4th

Where:  1831 Fern St., the Quakers’ Meeting Hall.

 

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Fall Organic Plant Sale on Saturday August 27th!

August 3, 2016

AugustPlantSale Poster 2016Our annual August Organic Plant Sale is coming up on Saturday Aug 27th, 10am-2pm at the Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St!

The sale is a great chance to get local, organic veggie starts for winter growing! Come on out to the little sister of our spring organic plant sale and get your greens for the winter. Kale, broccoli, cabbage, salad greens, culinary herbs, medicinal herbs and much, much more will be available.

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Speak up for City Support of Our Local Food Systems

March 18, 2015

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Bring the Compost Education Centre to You!

January 20, 2015

Did you know that the Compost Ed Centre offers great workshops not only on our site but also out and about in the CRD?  All the workshops that our staff teach here on site are also deliverable to your office, strata, university/college class or garden club AGM. Continue reading “Bring the Compost Education Centre to You!”

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Mushroom Pathways Installation

January 13, 2015

We continued our passion for fungi from Mushroom Education Day with a great workshop on how to create permanent mushroom pathways in the garden.  And we installed them right here in the Teaching Garden, so you can come on by and take a look at your leisure!

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Multi-Family Residential Composting Options

January 7, 2015

Looking for information about what the CRD kitchen scraps strategy means for your multi-family dwelling?  You’ve come to the right place! Continue reading “Multi-Family Residential Composting Options”

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