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Fermenting Hard Cider (19+)

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Compost Education Centre

1216 N Park St

Victoria, BC V8T 3K5

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Learn about how to ferment hard cider out of the local bounty of apples and pears

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Interested in learning how to make your own delicious cider? Come spend an afternoon gaining practical knowledge, tips and tricks on the craft of cider-making. Learn about the history and traditions of cider and perry and the varieties of apples and pears traditionally used to make them. Watch the process of milling and pressing fruit. Understand the basics of fermentation, maturation and bottling. This immersive experience will provide you the opportunity to learn the processes needed to create your own personal blend at home.

Note this workshop is for people 19 years of age and older. You will be asked to show proof of age upon arriving for the workshop (both in person and online).

Instructor Bio: Tim loves experimenting with different fermentation traditions and became an avid cider and winemaker about 6 years ago. Taking the “use-what-you-have” approach, his first ciders were crafted from public plums, ditch apples, and excess fruit sourced from Victoria’s urban orchard. Now, with a carboy in every room and a basement bursting with bottled blends, Tim has started to dip his toe into the local craft cider world and, this past year, Rathjen Cellars invited him to contribute to the expansion of their cider program. This experience has been mutually beneficial and he has since adopted many of the winery's natural winemaking techniques, especially their low-intervention approach to wild-fermentation.

His search for true cider apple varieties has also led Tim to become an enthusiastic grafter having success with methods including bench grafting, chip & bud grafting, top-working, repair grafting and guerilla grafting. Some 400 young trees are presently waiting in his Fernwood backyard to be planted in the plowed up pig pen on his family’s farm that now houses his collection of 90 odd heritage, cider apples and perry pears varieties.

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If you are attending a workshop in person, COVID protocols will be emailed to you 24 hours in advance.

If you are attending a workshop online, zoom meeting details will be emailed to you 30 minutes before the workshop starts. If you do not see the email, check your junk folder.

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Only current members in good standing are eligible to use the free ticket option as a part of their member benefits package.

There are a limited amount of Pay-What-You-Can tickets available for folks who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). The Compost Education Centre is in the process of examining the ways in which our program accessibility can be improved for all members of our community. This ticket gesture is by no means a fulsome examination of the systems of oppression that exist for people inside and outside of our community. We welcome your ideas and feedback.

Please pre-register for this event.

Customers can request a refund within 30 days of ticket purchase. After 30 days refunds and workshop exchanges are not permitted due to administrative staffing capacity.

You can also register for the event by calling our office at 250 386 9676 or via email by contacting office@compost.bc.ca

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The Compost Education Centre is located on unceded and occupied Indigenous territories, specifically the land of the Lekwungen speaking people—the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. These nations are two of many, made up of individuals who have lived within the porous boundaries of what is considered Coast Salish, Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Kwakwa'wakw Territory (Vancouver Island) since time immemorial. At the CEC we seek to respect, honour and continually grow our own understandings of Indigenous rights and history, and to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who live and work directly with the land and its complex, vital ecologies and our diverse, evolving communities.

Compost Education Centre memberships get you free workshops, discounts at garden centres around town and more great perks! Sign up or learn more on our website.

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The Compost Education Centre, situated on unceded Coast Salish territories, is a non-profit organization with charitable status. The CEC’s mission is to encourage composting, local food production, and conservation, through education to residents living within the CRD. Created as a community resource, the CEC’s intent is to lower barriers to building skills that support soil stewardship and ecological sustainability. Two of the ways the CEC meets this goal are through free and affordable workshop series for adults, and a diverse, interactive, science-based educational program for students and their teachers. The CEC is mandated to teach people of all ages how to create a biologically active, organic garden amendment, as well as why composting and soil conservation are crucial practices for mitigating climate change.

 

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