Kitchen scraps and yard and garden waste are valuable resources. Composting at home is the most efficient and environmentally friendly way to manage these materials. You will conserve landfill space, feed your soil, entice beneficial insects, cut down on inorganic fertilizer use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Find out more at

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Location: 1216 North Park Street, Victoria
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Tel: 250.386.WORM (9676)

The Compost Education Centre (CEC) provides composting and conservation education to residents of the Capital Region with the goals of reducing waste and improving local soils through the use of compost. The CEC promotes organic gardening as a means of reducing the health and environmental effects of chemical gardening practices as well as promoting the health, environmental and social benefits of local food production. Education and support are provided in the following areas:

  • Composting & organic gardening information
  • Sales of composting & organic gardening supplies including Food Waste Digesters
  • Free workshops
    • Basic and Advanced Composting
    • Worm Composting
    • Soil Science 101
  • Additional workshops
    • Planning and Planting your Year Round Veggie Garden
    • Growing Your Own Food
    • Pruning and Propagation
    • Rainwater Harvesting
    • Canning and Fermenting
    • Aquaponics
    • Medicinal Gardens
  • Teaching garden
  • Education programs for schools & community groups
  • Outreach at community events
  • Annual public events:
    • Rainwater Harvesting Education Day
    • Spring and Fall Organic Plant Sales
    • Mushroom Education Day
  • Volunteer training program
  • Membership package

Our Proud Partnership

The CRD is proud of our continued partnership with the Victoria Compost and Conservation Education Society (VCCES). The VCCES is a local non-profit organization, operating as the Victoria Compost Education Centre that provides specialized key organic waste reduction education and outreach services under contract the CRD for over 20 years. Providing funding to the VCCES contributes to the delivery of programs on soil health, water conservation, local food production, growing your own food, sharing food and rainwater harvesting, as well as integrated education programs in partnership with other organizations. In July 2016 the CRD board committed to renew this partnership to 2019.