Canning, Freezing, Drying Harvesting, Cold Storage

The Produce Preservation Program offers fun, hands on workshops and resources to teach people how to safely preserve home grown and locally available fruits and vegetables for year round enjoyment.

About the Produce Preservation Program

The Produce Preservation Program helps BC families and communities improve nutrition, become more food secure and trigger new job opportunities.  Workshops are fun, hands on events teaching people how to harvest, can, dry, freeze and store fruits and vegetables.  By learning how to safely preserve foods British Columbians can enjoy home grown and locally available fruits and vegetables throughout the year!

Produce Preservation workshops are typically hosted by a community kitchen and are  led by knowledgeable food skills facilitators.  Participants receive a detailed and easy to follow home preservation guide to take home along with a bounty of food preserved during the workshop. 

The Produce Preservation Program is comprised of 5 modules. Each module can be taught on its own or in combination with other methods. Communities or workshop leaders may choose to offer workshop modules based on when produce is available. For example, pickled asparagus workshop could be scheduled around the availability of local asparagus.

Contact us about hosting a workshop in your community  info@groundedstrategies.ca

Train the Trainer Workshops – Become a Produce Preservation Trainer!
Grounded Strategies offers Train the Trainer workshops to teach local food champions[i] how to run produce preservation workshops in their community.    Train the Trainer participants learn produce preservation methods, how to run workshops and even get practice teaching.  They will also learn how to run produce preservation demonstrations for farmers market, retail and other settings.  Upon completion of the Train the Trainer workshop participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and will have access to Produce Preservation training resources.

Sample workshop agenda

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Introductions Workshop Overview
Day-One Taste Test
Day-Two Taste Test
HARVESTING
HOME CANNING Continued
FREEZING
  • Harvesting Produce
  • Practice: Making Jams
  • Low Acid Foods: Step by Step
  • Using a Pressure Canner
  • Home Canning Wrap-Up
  • Introduction: Freezing
  • Best Foods For Freezing
  • Freezing Equipment
  • Practice: Making Freezer Jam
FOOD SAFETY REVIEW
 
 
HOME CANNING
DRYING
COLD STORAGE
  • Introduction: Home Canning
  • Classifying Foods for Home Canning
  • Canning Equipment
  • Practice: Processing High-Acid Foods
  • Introduction: Home Canning
  • Classifying Foods for Home Canning
  • Canning Equipment
  • Practice: Processing High-Acid Foods
  • Introduction: Cold Storage
  • Types of Cold Storage: Indoor & Outdoor
  • Preparation of Produce for Cold Storage
 
Optional - 10 Steps to Starting a Food Processing Business
 

[i] Food champion = someone interested in teaching food skills to others in their community