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Compost Ecology, Sunday March 3, 1:00-3:00

compostLearn the basics of compost ecology in this up close and personal expose on the FBI! We’ll investigate the inner working of your backyard compost heap to see how fungi, bacteria, and invertebrates (the FBI) work together to produce healthy soil. You’ll walk away with a new appreciation for decay and a better understanding of how to promote the healthiest and happiest compost communities in town.

This workshop will be taught by Matthew Kemshaw, the Urban Agriculture Coordinator for LifeCycles.  Matthew is an an environmental education student as well as an urban ag superstar and feels particularly passionate about creating giant compost piles.

Date:  Sunday March 3rd

Time:  1:00-3:00

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

Cost:  $5 suggested donation

Click here to sign up for the workshop on our Eventbrite page.  Donations will be accepted the day of the workshop, but please make sure you reserve your space, as we can only cram so many folks into the straw bale building.

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Fall Field Trip, Sunday Oct 14th, 9 am – 3:30 pm

Eco-sense Cob House

We’ll start our day with a tour of Eco-Sense.  If you’re not familiar with this rad house, it’s North America’s first code-approved seismically engineered load bearing insulated cob house.  It features solar PV with grid tie, an option for future wind turbines, solar thermal hydronic heating, passive solar design, LED lighting, earthen floors, natural plasters, grey water re-use, composting (NO FLUSH) toilets, rainwater harvesting, and a living roof. The home is zero waste and net zero energy.  Besides all the amazing environmental features, it’s a beautifully designed and built space, and a really inspiring house to tour.

After the Eco-Sense tour we’ll have a picnic lunch.  To keep costs down, please pack a lunch for yourself, but we will supply lots of snacks to share.

Haliburton Farm: photo by Laura Lasby

After lunch, we’ll head to Haliburton Farm for the  afternoon.  Haliburton is a publicly-owned farm; they currently house 5 farm businesses, offer workshops for farmers, gardeners and and consumers, give tours to school and community groups, and have regular CSA/box programs.  They offer a really cool model of how to organize a farm to include and educate the surrounding community.  Plus, the farm itself is beautiful and includes restored wetland, resident salamanders, nesting birds and other exciting natural residents.

We’ve rented a van from the carshare for transportation, and the first five folks registered can catch a ride with us.  Other than the van, I can help facilitate vehicle sharing, so please let me know if you need a ride or have space in your vehicle to offer.

Please email slugs.coordinator@gmail.com to register.  If you’re under 18, let me know, as I’ll wrangle you a guaranteed seat in the van and will need to get you to have your parents sign a form.

Cost:  $15-30 sliding scale.

Soil Building workshop, Wed September 26th, 6-8 pm

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A productive garden starts with healthy soil.  Learn how to build your soil naturally (and cheaply!) to increase your food yields as well as the nutrition of the veggies you’re growing.

Topics covered will include:  an overview of organic soil building strategies, physical analysis (soil types and structures), organic matter, composting basics, soil nutrients and pH, sheet mulching (aka lasagna gardening) and green manures.  The wonderful Jill Dalton of Lifecycles will be teaching, and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of learning from her, you’ll know that her workshops are packed with information but also extremely fun and encouraging/empowering.   Don’t miss this event!

Email slugs.coordinator@gmail.com to register

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

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

Seasonal Canning: Picklefest 2012!

Thanks to everyone who made it out to last month’s Picklefest editions of our seasonal canning workshops.  We learned the ways of hot water bath canning, as well as making a plethora of different pickles.  As always, it was great to hang out in the garden of the Compost Ed Centre at the end of a hot summer day to talk and make food together.  It feels even better to leave an evening like that with some jars of pickled beets, zucchini dill pickles and pickled blueberries to line the walls of your pantry and make you feel all stocked up for winter.  Click through for some recipes from the workshop as well as a round-up of tasty looking pickle recipes. Continue reading

Herbal First Aid Workshop: Sunday Aug 26th, 1-4 pm at the Fernwood Community Centre

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Don’t call St John’s Ambulance when St John’s Wort will do! In this workshop, Community Herbalist Ali Jopp will teach you how to make medicine from plants that you can find in and around Victoria.

We’ll go over the components of a herbal first aid kit and learn about characteristics, harvest and uses of various medicinal plants, as well as how to make your own healing herbal concoctions.  Each participant will leave with  a salve, tincture, liniment and instructional zine!

Location:  The multipurpose room at the Fernwood Community Centre.  The FCC is just around the corner from the Compost Education Centre, at 1240 Gladstone St.  To reach the multipurpose room, head in the front doors and turn left.

Suggested donation:  $15-20 sliding scale, with no one turned away (I know this is higher than the cost of most SLUGS workshops, but it will help us cover the cost of materials and space rental.  As always, we have a “no one turned away” policy, so please don’t feel like you need to miss this workshop if the price is out of your budget.  We value community accessibility!)

Please email slugs.coordinator@gmail.com to register for this event

Food Dehydration

Photo by alyssssyla, used under Creative Commons license

Big thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s Food Dehydration workshop!  There was a great group of folks with lots of expertise in growing and preserving food, and it was a lot of fun to hear about everyone’s projects, challenges and goals.  For those of you who missed the workshop, you I’ve put together some helpful information and tasty recipes to help you with your food dehydration adventures.  Continue reading

Seriously Spectacular Sourdough

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Thanks to those made it out to last week’s sourdough workshop — it was a great time, with lots of learning and tasting and sharing of skills.  For the folks who weren’t able to attend but who are still sourdough-curious, Karen, our workshop facilitator, has given me permission to reprint some of her bread info here.  She also put together a really amazing zine called “Sourdough Bread is for Everyone, or Why the @#%^ didn’t my bread rise?!?!” which is an excellent primer for new bread bakers, as well as having the added bonus of coming with helpful and endearing cartoons, some of which I’ve reproduced here.  If you’re interested in snagging a copy, drop me an email and I would be happy to hook you up.  For now, click through for a thorough primer to rocking some sourdough.  Continue reading