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Composting, Nature Works, Water Related, Special events and dates in Campbell River and the Comox Valley.

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  • www.cswm.ca

    APRIL - NOVEMBER 2

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    AND DATES

  • Waste MattersRETHINK, REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE (AND COMPOST) are aimed to inspire people to make choices and take actions that will lead to reducing the waste created in our community! Did you know that more than 70 percent of waste in landfills could have been recycled? By reducing and minimizing the waste we create, we prolong the life of our landfills. Diversion of items from the landfill saves energy and recycles material into new products. This is the kind of legacy that benefits our childrens future.

    The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service is a function of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and is responsible for two regional waste management centres that serve the Comox Valley and Campbell River, as well as a range of transfer stations and smaller waste-handling and recycling facilities for the electoral areas of the Comox Valley and Strathcona Regional Districts.

    For more information visit www.cswm.ca/recycle

    THINK DIFFERENTLY.

    WHAT CANWASTE REDUCTIONMEAN FOR OUR FUTURE?

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    The Comox Strathcona Waste Managements (CSWM) education centres will open in Campbell River (CR) on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 and in the Comox Valley (CV) on Thursday April 7th, 2011. Our on-site educators Elaine Jansen (CR) and Patty Rose (CV) will give you a facility tour and answer any of your composting, organic gardening and conservation questions. Elementary, middle and high schools, preschools, clubs and summer groups are encouraged to make arrangements with our educators to bring their students and members for an environmentally-focused and interactive session.

    Locations and hours of the education centres:

    Comox Valley Education Centre4795 Headquarters Road, Courtenay BC Thursday, Friday, Sunday 12- 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 1:00 p.m. Tel: 250-898-1086

    Campbell River Education Centre228 South Dogwood Street (across from Strathcona Gardens Recreation Complex)Campbell River BCWednesday Saturday 10 4 p.m.Tel: 250-287-1625

    Purchase a Backyard Composter Drop by the education centre to purchase your Earth Machine composters ($60.00 taxes included) and aerators ($15.00 taxes included). Our on-site educators will assist you in turning your yard waste and kitchen scraps into something useful this year rich composted material for your garden.

    Power of R Education ProgramsThe Power of R is an educational program that focuses on waste reduction (rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle) and water conservation. Power of R is a program of the Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service which is a function of the Comox Valley Regional District.

    Our enthusiastic CSWM educators GAYLE BATES and ZAC WHYTE are experienced attailoring their presentations to the age and knowledge level of participants. These presentations are offered free of charge, to classrooms of all ages or community groups in both the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and the Strathcona Regional District (SRD). For more information on the Power of R program visit www.cswm.ca/powerofr

  • 4COMPOSTING / GARDENING 6

    WATER 12

    NATURE WORKS 14

    SPECIAL EVENTS / DATES 16

    APRIL 6 Opening Day CSWM education centre Campbell River7 Opening Day CSWM education centre Comox Valley8,9,10 Burn-it-Smart at Evergreen Home Show at the CVRD sports centre (CV)9 Des Kennedy Tea Party (CR)16 Burn-it-Smart Events (CV/CR)20 Earth Day Event Campbell River22 Earth Day 23 Healthy Water Wise Lawn Care (CV)23 Straw Bale Gardening (CR)30 Launch of the Runkelrueben Growing Contest (CR) 30 Water Catchment Systems (CV)

    MAY 1-7 International Composting Awareness Week 1-7 Drinking Water Week (Proclomation by the CVRD board)1 On Location at the CSWM Waste Management Centre (CR)7 Edible Organic Landscaping (CV)7 St.Peters Anglican Church Plant Sale (CR)7-8 Denman Island 19th Home and Garden Tour14 Companion Planting (CV)14 Blackberries, Blueberries and Raspberries (CR) 19 6-week Gardening Course (CV)21 Container Growing (CV)28 Good Pollinators and Predators and Buggy Basics (CV)29 Day of the Honey Bee (Proclamation by the CVRD board)

    SECTIONS PAGE

    SNAPSHOT 2011 - WHATS HAPPENING

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    JUNE4 Drought Resistant Gardens (CV)5-11 Canadian Environment Week5 World Environment Day5 On Location at the Pier Street Market8 Clean Air Day11 Beginner Composting Workshop (CR)11 Soil Health Stories (CV)18 Nutritional Value in Organic Food (CV)25 Protecting Our Watershed - Rescheduled to July 16th25-26 Campbell River Art Gallery Garden Tour

    JULY 1 Happy Canada Day - education centres closed 3 On Location at Pier St. Market (CR) - Date Changed TBD12 CV Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer16 Protecting our Watershed (CV)16 On location Eco-Fair Spirit Square (CR)- CR education centre closed17 Composter Building Workshop (CV)22-23 On Location at the Wearable Art Show (CR)23 Its All About Compost (CV)

    AUGUST6 Medicinal Plant Walk (CV)13 Water Catchment Systems (CV)13 Ladybug Release (CR)20 Pet Waste Composting (CR)21 Worm Composting (CV)

    SEPTEMBER10 Saving Seeds for the Future (CV)11 Grandparents Day Ladybug Release & Runkelrueben Weigh In (CR)17 How to Make a Worm Bin (CR)18 Composter Building Workshop (CV)24 Putting Your Garden to Bed (CV)25 On Location at Rivers Day at Haig Brown House (CR)

    OCTOBER1 Putting Your Garden to Bed (CR)1 Pruning for Production and Disease Control (CV)8 Mason Bees (CR) CANCELLED9 Thanksgiving Sunday CV education centre closed 17-23 WASTE REDUCTION WEEK23 Great Pumpkin Weigh-In (CV)31 On Location Strathcona Gardens Halloween Howl (CR)

    NOVEMBER 2 Campbell River Pumpkin Smash 5 Comox Valley Pumpkin Smash

    All workshops and events are FREE and open to the public. Workshops and events related to water and pesticide alternatives have also been included as part of the Comoxv Valley water efficiency plan and pesticide awareness program.

  • 6 COMPOSTING GARDENING

    STRAW BALE GARDENING

    Would you like to have a raised garden in your backyard without all the back-breaking

    work of a permanent raised garden bed? As an urban gardener you can create a

    biodegradable equivalent of a raised bed. This is an outdoor workshop.

    Date: April 23

    Location: Campbell River education centre

    Time: 11 a.m.

    LAUNCH OF RUNKELRUEBEN GROWING CONTEST (German root vegetable)

    Drop by the education in Campbell River and pickup your seeds for growing this unusual

    looking root vegetable. This plant only takes up a very small space in a garden. This

    contest is open to children and adults. Weigh in and display will be held on Grandparents

    Day, September 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

    Date: April 30

    Location: Campbell River education centre

    Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Composting and Gardening

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    INTERNATIONAL COMPOSTING AWARENESS WEEK

    The theme for 2011 is: Compost! Reconnecting with Nature...

    International Composting Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive

    education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated each year in the first full

    week of May.

    For more information on composting and these initaitives visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca

    Date: May 1 - 7

    EDIBLE ORGANIC LANDSCAPING

    Sandy Felgenhauer of VeggieScape will talk about creating an edible landscape that

    includes the combination of vegetable gardening within an esthetically pleasing array of

    flowers and ornamental plants. She will speak about the important use of pure water from

    rain as opposed to the water that is treated for consumption.

    Date: May 7

    Location: Comox Valley education Centre

    Time: 10 a.m.

    COMPANION PLANTING

    Catherine Reid, will talk about the benefits of

    companion planting in the vegetable garden. She will

    discuss how to distract and trap harmful pests,

    attract beneficial insects as well as how to promote

    production and pollination for a successful crop

    without the use of pesticides. Join the pledge to

    Plant A Row Grow a Row for our local food bank

    and receive a free package of organic vegetable seeds.

    Date: May 14

    Location: Comox Valley education centre

    Time: 10 a.m.

  • 8 COMPOSTING GARDENING

    BLACKBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES & RASPBERRIES!

    Abel OBrennan, owner and wine maker of Coastal Black Estate Winery from Black Creek,

    will be speaking on varietal selection of blackberries, blueberries and raspberries for our

    climate from both a wine making and fresh market perspective. Also some information on

    basic pruning and feeding practices.

    Date: May 14

    Location: Campbell River education centre

    Time: 11 a.m.

    6 WEEK GARDENING COURSE

    Ever wanted to grow your own vegetables but did not know how to start. Sign up and

    enjoy this hands-on gardening course. Space is limited, for more information contact

    CSWM contract educator, Patty Rose.

    Dates: May 19, 26 and June 2, 9, 16, 23

    Location: Comox Valley education centre

    Time: 67 p.m.

    CONTAINER GROWING

    No garden is too small, try container growing. Find out

    how to grow vegetables and herbs in small spaces.

    Learn how to bring home grown food to the table

    during this hands-on demonstration by CSWMs

    contract educator, Patty Rose.

    Date: May 21

    Location: Comox Valley education centre

    Time: 10 a.m.

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    BEGINNER COMPOSTING WORKSHOP

    Interested in backyard composting? Working