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Dear friends,

After four years of fantastic workshops and some wonderful community experiences, we are both excited and a little sad to announce that SLUGS will be going through a major change in autumn 2013. As a result of funding changes, altering attendance, and renewed focus on reaching our target demographic, the program will be shifting to become a series of high-school workshops, scheduled throughout the year for specific participating classes.

We feel so lucky to have met amazing people, learned so much, and been able to facilitate such excellent knowledge-sharing. We are very excited to continue these experiences in a new incarnation, but we will miss the folks who have been involved with SLUGS for the past four years. The good news is that there are a wide variety of other programs and workshops run through the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre, many of which are very similar to SLUGS workshops. Hopefully we will see your familiar faces at these events in the future! There are more details available on our website, at www.compost.bc.ca.

If you are a teacher or high-school student interested in becoming part of the upcoming school-year of workshops, please contact us at slugs.coordinator@gmail.com

Thanks for all of your support, and hopefully we will see you all soon!

Canning 101: Apple Jelly Workshop – Tuesday, August 20th

We are very excited to announce the third and final workshop in our summer canning series, apple jelly! We hope to see everybody there. Below is the description:

The apples growing throughout our local yards, parks, and roadsides are just starting to ripen! Did you know that these fruits are rich in pectin, and even the most sour apples can be turned into a beautiful and tasty jelly? In this workshop, we’ll combine barely-ripe apples with sugar and a bit of creme de cassis liqueur, to make delicious, natural jelly, preserved in glass jars for future enjoyment. We’ll also cover the basics of modern hot-water bath canning techniques, equipment, safety issues, and resources for the home canner. Each participant will take home a small jar of jelly and the recipe.

Suggested Donation: $10, Nobody is turned away
Location: Straw bale building at the Compost Ed Centre, 1216 North Park St, Victoria, BC

Greenhorns screening, Thursday Aug 15th, 7:00 pm at Camas Books, 2620 Quadra St

greenhorns movieSLUGS and Camas Books & Infoshop have teamed up for a screening of the wonderful documentary Greenhorns.

From their website:
“The Greenhorns documentary film, completed after almost 3 years in production, explores the lives of America’s young farming community – its spirit, practices, and needs. It is the filmmaker’s hope that by broadcasting the stories and voices of these young farmers, we can build the case for those considering a career in agriculture – to embolden them, to entice them, and to recruit them into farming.”

Suggested donation is $5 – nobody is turned away. All proceeds go to Camas.

Come early to ensure you get in!

Herbal First Aid (For youth aged 13 – 30)

Herbs have been used for thousands of years to cure everything from life threatening illnesses to indigestion! In this workshop, participants will learn to make (and take home) a tincture and a salve. The herbs and herbal preparations we are making are gentle and mild, for moderate conditions.

Ali Jopp has been practicing folkloric Western herbal medicine for some years now; her education has consisted of some college, some books, some apprenticeships, herbalist friends and experimentation on herself and willing participants!

Suggested donation $15, nobody is turned away

Located in the Straw Bale building at the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre

Time:  6:00-8:00 pm

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

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.

Native Wild Foods, Saturday April 27th, 1:00-3:00 pm

sea asparagusVancouver Island is a wild foodie’s heaven!  There are tons of species of plants both native and invasive that make fantastic free fare. This workshop will focus on native edible species that are found in high enough abundance to be harvested sustainably.  Participants will be taught how to positively ID a number of native edibles as well as their poisonous lookalikes.  Historical and medicinal uses will also be discussed.

This workshop will be taught by Katy Harding, who you may remember from our edible weeds and mushroom walk events last year.  She has been munching on wild plants since she was a young child and has gained a keen knowledge of biology through her diploma in environmental technology and work term as a Garry oak recovery technician which helped develop many of the skills she uses today to ID plants.  Wild and home grown foods make up a large part of her diet and due to extreme caution regarding research and identification  she has not poisoned herself or any of those around her while pursuing her passion.

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

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

Please register through our Eventbrite site, as space is limited.