Monthly Archives: March 2011

Backyard Bees for Beginners and DIY Biodiesel Conversions!

Backyard Bees for Beginners
Saturday April 9th, 2-4 pm
Location: 1451 Grant St (just two blocks from Vic High, right in Fernwood

Always wanted to keep bees but feeling a bit daunted by getting started? Just plain interested in how these indispensable little pollinators do their stuff?

John DeFayette of the Capital Region Beekeepers Association will be taking us on a tour of his backyard hives and giving the full lowdown on how to get started keeping bees. This is a great opportunity to see how easily bees can be integrated into urban back yards, and to learn how to set up your own bee colony!

Cost: $5

DIY Biodiesel Conversions
Saturday April 23, 2-4 pm
Location: Compost Ed Centre Strawbale Building 1216 North Park St
We all know it’s more sustainable to bike, walk, or take transit, but for those times when you have to drive, wouldn’t it be rad to reduce your carbon footprint and save money as well? At this workshop, learn how to modify your vehicle to run on used vegetable oil! It’s a surprisingly simple process, and you don’t need to be a hardcore mechanic to make it happen.

Brett has done a number of biodiesel conversions, most notably an old school bus that was rigged up to take several bands on tour. He made it from B.C. to Quebec with a lot of visits to restaurants to collect used oil and very few gas station stops — a pretty impressive record. He will take you through the steps to make veggie oil fueled transport a reality in your life.

Cost: $5


Non-Toxic Housekeeping Workshop, March 26 1-2:30 pm

Spring is here, and it’s time to clean our houses as well as get stoked on our gardens!

This workshop will school you in environmentally friendly (and mega cheap!) ways to keep your living space clean and free of nasty chemicals. We’ll be going a few steps beyond the basic “scrub your tub with baking soda” approach to natural cleaning and concocting some effective and sweet-smelling potions.

You’ll leave with a couple of jars of homemade cleaners and the recipes and inspiration for lots more.

Cost: $5 to cover materials

Location: Compost Ed Centre Strawbale Building 1216 North Park St

Garden Planning Extravaganza! Thursday March 17, 6-8 pm

Another fantastic partnership between SLUGS and Diggers!

Come out to share good food and get your garden all planned out for the year. We will start with a potluck and then move into helping each other plan our gardens. There will be many people with knowledge (including you!), as well as books, resource sheets, paper, markers, pencils, and millions of great ideas about how to plan your yummy food garden this year.

Bring: a potluck dish (as local as possible), your own dish and cutlery, any gardening books you might have

Where:    Compost Ed Centre Strawbale Building 1216 North Park St


March 12: Tour of Geoff Johnson’s Urban Homestead, 1pm – 2pm

Ever wondered how to transform your backyard into a permaculture homestead? Or maybe you just want to know how to make a cloche for your balcony tomato plants. Come check out a great example of one of the most productive … Continue reading

Spring is here! Let’s get planning ….

As a new season of SLUGS gets rolling, it’s time for us to think about what we’d like to learn and teach this year. So, how about it? Are there topics have you been wanting to learn more about? Skills you have been meaning to acquire? Are there any farms or green businesses or great locations for wildcrafting that you have a hankering to visit? Let’s start talking about what workshops we’d like to put on, and what field trips would be the most fun and inspiring.

I’d also love to hear from you about what workshops you’d like to teach. If you have skills to share, please let us know! Even if you’re not comfortable facilitating a workshop on your own, you could teach part of one, or facilitate with a bunch of friends.

I’ve set up a forum to talk about this on our Facebook page, or you can drop me an email at to let me know your thoughts.