Monthly Archives: May 2013

POSTPONED – Basic Carpentry in the Garden

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We will be moving this workshop to later in the summer due to low registration. Please let us know if you are still interested in attending this event at a later date!
Have you ever wanted to get acquainted with power tools but been a little nervous about getting started?  Do you have great ideas for garden projects but don’t know how to get started building them?  This workshop is for you!
This four hour workshop will cover the basics of building a raised garden bed from start to finish. Participants will learn how to a design, plan, layout accurately, select wood, select fasteners, as well as how to use measuring tools, a drill, hammer, handsaw, power mitre saw and circular saw. There will be strong emphasis on learning at your own pace, and being safe in our work.
This workshop is aimed at anyone interested in carrying out basic small scale carpentry projects in the garden. Expect laid-back, experienced, environmentally-minded, queer-friendly instructors.
Suggested donation:  $10 (no one turned away)
Location:  The Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria, BC
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Fermented Beverages, Sunday May 26th, 1:00-4:00 pm

kvassFermented Beverages, Sunday May 26th, 1:00-4:00 pm

Ever wondered how your grandad made his own carbonated root beer? Or what kombucha is? In this focused workshop, we’ll explore the wide world of fermented beverages. From kombucha to kvass, ginger beer to fizzy sweet cider, we’ll look at the actions of microbacteria that turn the most mundane of ingredients into incredible delights! After a brief presentation on the theory of yeast and lactobacillus-based ferments, we will spend the workshop preparing a variety of drinks.

Samples will be provided, and each participant will take home the recipes and techniques necessary to independently explore and create fermented beverages, skills which will last a lifetime.  I will also bring kombucha cultures to distribute. If you would like one, please bring your own mason jar and lid.
This workshop will be taught by Chris Lambden, who has been fermenting up a storm since ’08, inspired by that first, questionable batch of kim-chi, as well as the work of Sandor Katz, the author of “Wild Fermentation”. Since then, he’s completely fallen in love with all things fermented, and has experimented widely. With a varied repertoire under his belt, Chris is a seasoned presenter on the topic, offering a great deal of knowledge and passion.
NOTE: due to the youth nature of this workshop, we will not be making
any alcoholic drinks.Suggested donation:  $10 (no one turned away)

Location:  the straw bale building at the Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St

Please visit our Eventbrite page to register, as space is limited.

The Garden Ecosystem workshop, Tuesday June 4th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

beeThere is a plethora of communication happening right before our eyes in the plant world. Come hang out, get a glimpse into the intricate relationships between plants, and learn how we can read some of these plant signals to further our own understanding of our garden ecosystem. We’ll be talking companion planting, the importance of phenology (allowing different flowerings or migrations to be your signals for when to plant things) and taking an in-depth look at a handful of “all-star plants” that will blow your mind with all that they offer the garden and you.

Location: The straw bale building at the Compost Education Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria BC.

Suggested donation: $5-10 (no one turned away)

Please visit our Eventbrite page to reserve your space for this workshop.