Next FREE Composting Workshop:
Bokashi Fermentation on a Budget – Wednesday, September 21st 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Hosted at the Compost Education Centre inside the Community Resource Centre 4752 Joyce Avenue, P0well River.
Registered Holistic Nutritionist and fermentation expert, Kitty Clemens (Pro-Active Nutrition), will teach participants about the Bokashi indoor fermentation system. Bokashi is a Japanese word that translates into ‘fermented organic matter’. This method of composting allows for the additions of meat, fish and dairy without attracting rodents and flies or producing odours. You will see an active Bokashi bucket and learn how to make your own Bokashi system from scratch, including creative ways to produce the necessary micro-organisms to activate your bucket. Workshop attendance is FREE!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. No need to pre-register.
Recent compost workshops & events:
Converting a Freezer into a Composter – Saturday, August 20th 12:30 – 2:00 Hosted at the Compost Education Centre (located in the gardens behind the Community Resource Centre at 4752 Joyce Avenue, Powell River. Details below.
Biochar: Creating Vibrant Soil
Biochar is a specialized form of charcoal used for thousands of years around the planet to create some of the most fertile soils ever known. Participants came to explore how biochar can help bring their soil to life and learn how they can use local waste materials to make it in their own back yard!
Ron Berezan has been practicing and facilitating permaculture for the past 12 years (see: www.theubanfarmer.ca). His favourite crop is soil and he has been exploring soil building practices for most of his life. He recently started a small biochar company in Powell River called The Good Earth (see: www.thegoodearth.co).
BOKASHI: Composting Indoors on a Budget
Registered Holistic Nutritionist and fermentation expert, Kitty Clemens (Pro-Active Nutrition), taught participants about the Bokashi indoor fermentation system. Bokashi is a Japanese word that translates into ‘fermented organic matter’. This method of composting allows for the additions of meat, fish and dairy without attracting rodents and flies or producing odours. We learned how to make your own Bokashi system from scratch, including creative ways to produce the necessary micro-organisms to activate our bucket.
Master Composter Carol Engram walked participants through how to convert their kitchen scraps into a nutrient rich soil amendment. We learned how to decrease our curbside garbage by up to 50% while increasing the health of our soil. Participants were presented the basics of how to make and maintain a worm bin, and how to separate worms from their castings.
Converted Freezer Composter workshop
Thanks to compost expert Bert Baillie who showed Powell Riverites how to transform a freezer into a composter. Bert shared his plans on how to convert an old freezer into an efficient, rodent-proof, bear resistant, and weed & pathogen exterminating composter. Participants learned how to turn all of their kitchen food scraps and lawn clippings into compost quickly and saw an example of a freezer that had been converted.
Weren’t able to attend? Freezer Composter Conversion Plans (Revised) are available online.
Thanks being sent out to Marika Smith, Executive Director of Victoria’s Compost Education Centre who introduced workshop participants to the Green Cone. The Green Cone is an enclosed system that is dug into the soil and there is no need to harvest the finished compost, as it is designed to break down and reduce in volume.
Marika has a soil science and conservation biology background and also shared about soil properties, processes, and relationships to plant growth, environmental quality and society as a whole. More information below. If you are interested in participating in a bulk order for a Green Cone, contact us. The approximate cost per unit is expected to be about $150.
We would love to hear from you so if you have any suggestions on events and workshops that you would like to see happen, please contact us.
Compost Education Centre (CEC)
Located in the community gardens of the Community Resource Centre (4752 Joyce Ave.), the Compost Education Centre is a great way to see composting in action and learn various ways to turn food waste into food plants. We are currently demonstrating the critter-proof composter, freezer composter, 3 bin system, Green Cone, Speedibin and the Jora Composter. Come and check them out! Many thanks go to our CEC maintenance staff for all their efforts at the CEC, where they both work hard to maintain the site and answer questions from curious passerbys.
The Compost Education Center is facilitating ongoing workshops on different methods of composting. We have many local composting experts in our community that we will be inviting to host these events.
Please check our calendar for all upcoming events. All Workshops are free admission. If you want to learn more about our workshops and see photos of previous workshops check out Composting Workshops. If you would like a list of composting resources check out Composting Resources.
Check out our Composting Resources page!