In person: Composting at a Community Garden Scale

The Box Of Life is an Ottawa social enterprise that teaches people how to build healthy soil from their food scraps efficiently in small spaces. Creating good quality compost is both an art and a science, and good system and process design go a long way in making composting a seamless part of every garden. We provide the expertise and help in creating beautiful composting systems.  

In this workshop for community garden composting, we will talk about various systems that can be integrated in community gardens to build soil, and teach participants about the two main types of composting options – hot composting and vermicomposting. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to understand how to compost properly, how to size and design the composting systems, and how to efficiently manage the composting process so that you can build good quality compost every gardening season!

Meet the facilitator

Akil is the founder of The Box Of Life and a climate warrior. Anxious, frustrated, and saddened by the lack of action of our communities towards fighting climate change, Akil decided to do something about it!

He created The Box of Life because he believe that the humble composting earthworm can reshape our relationship with food waste and rekindle our love for nature in the urban world.

What started out as an at-home vermi-composting experiment a few years ago has now turned into a full time profession that Akil is really passionate about!

Akil hopes that your composting journey, whatever the reason might be, can bring about some positivity and joy in your life.


June 20, 5-6:30pm


15 Larch Street in Little Italy

Parking is very limited parking on the street so participants are requested to park on Preston and make their way to Larch Street.

Public transit: It is a 14 minute walk from Pimisi station 

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible 

COVID precautions: Please come prepared with a mask, although the workshop will be outside and use is optional in that setting. The Box of Life team is hopeful participants attending are vaccinated.


$5 per person 

If payment is an issue, request to waive fee by emailing to attend for free.

Cash on-site or e-transfer are accepted. See Registration below.


Please register for this in-person event by following the link below:

Please make payment by e-transfer to using CGNWorkshop as your password. Please indicate the name of the workshop in the notes section. After you transfer funds, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Just Food established the Start-Up Farm Program to support new farmers in the Ottawa region. By offering access to land, shared infrastructure/equipment, and training, the program aims to enable more people in this region to start their own successful farm business.

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