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.

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Tips and Techniques - Peaches, Pears and more about Beans

September 12, 2012

Hello Produce Preservation trainers and followers!  Here is the third edition of 2012 Tips and Techniques.  Included are tips, additional resources and the opportunity to share your successful training methods, recipes, and/or preserving tips and techniques.

Join our Facebook group Food Skills BC and share your knowledge and questions with other trainers.

To read this week's tips check out the link below:

Tips and Techniques - Beans, Carrots & Corn

September 04, 2012

Hello Produce Preservation trainers and followers!  Here is the second edition of 2012 Tips and Techniques.  Included are tips, additional resources and the opportunity to share your successful training methods, recipes, and/or preserving tips and techniques.    
Send me your questions and preserving tips and I will share them in the newly launched Facebook group Food Skills BC

To read this week's tips check out the link below:

Tips and Techniques - Berries and Plums

August 23, 2012

TRAINER TIPS & TECHNIQUES – Berries and Plums

Hello Produce Preservation trainers and followers!  Building on the success of last years’ Tips and Techniques I am sending them out again with a few twists here and there.  Included are tips, additional resources and the opportunity to share your successful training methods, recipes, and/or preserving tips and techniques.    
Send me your questions and preserving tips and I will share them in the soon to be launched facebook group Food Skills BC

To read this week's tips check out the link below

Back to school

August 22, 2012

Check out Heart and Stroke Foundation for their back to school campaign with contest to win $1000 in groceries and other prizes
www.healthcheck.org/timetostartcontest/home

Another great site recommended by Cherie Mercer from New Aiyansh for healthy lunch ideas is Momables http://www.momables.com/

$5 off Bernardin Home Canning Kits

June 30, 2012
$5 off Bernardin Home Canning Kits

It's that time of year again.  Here's a great incentive to get your own home canning kit!

Local asparagus is in ... strawberries next!

May 25, 2012
Local asparagus is in ... strawberries next!

Pickled BC Aspargus - Summer Caesar's

Local aspargus is in your local market!  Get it while it lasts.  I picked up 10 lbs at the Root Cellar in Victoria - It was even On Sale @ $2.99/lb.  Thrifty's has it for $3.99/lb.

I brought the asparagus home and pickled it using a Bernardin Recipe.  I am looking forward to tasty caesars this summer!

Train-the-trainer workshop in Richmond, BC

October 28, 2011
Train-the-trainer workshop in Richmond, BC

The Produce Preservation Program held a second week long train-the-trainer workshop in Richmond, BC the week of October 24th, 2011. The goal of the hands on workshop was to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to teach others how to preserve produce. The seventeen participants came from a variety of backgrounds including community health representatives, community dieticians and a teacher – all living and/or working in remote BC communities. At the workshop people learned how to harvest, can, dry, freeze and store fruits and vegetables grown or available in remote locations. The workshop included a tour of the Community Gardens at Terra Nova Rural Park in Richmond hosted by the Richmond Food Security Society. Here participants learned firsthand how to tie components of the Produce Availability Initiative together – from garden to health and social well being to selling products towards sustainability. Excited participants went home full of ideas for sharing their new knowledge!

News from Tahsis

September 24, 2011
News from Tahsis

Kimberley Anderson put on a great Produce Preservation display in Tahsis on Saturday September 24th. Twenty people entered to win the door prize of a case of canning jars and sampled canned cherries, peaches, dried bananas and dried blueberries plus fresh scones with blackberry jam and blackberry sambuca jam with whip cream! YUMMY!!! Also on display were homemade pickles, beets, apple sauce, and zucchini relish. Kimberley demonstrated how to dry apples in Tahsis’s new dehydrator. Ten people signed up for an upcoming Pickled Beet workshop and Kimberley has plans for an Antipasto workshop as well as a kids oriented apple fruit leather workshop in the near future. Kimberley believes in “starting ‘em young” and has been including children in her produce preservation work, many of whom are also involved in the community garden that supplies the Farm to School Program.

Keep up the great work Kimberley!

Workshop Idea from Kimberley Anderson

August 25, 2011

Here’s an idea for a workshop from Kimberley Anderson in Tahsis ...

Produce Preservation Workshop Coming Soon!

I have just returned from an exciting Produce Preservation Program called "Train The Trainer". In this workshop we learned how to Harvest, Can, Dry & Freeze produce within our local community.

Right now in our community the Salmon berries, Huckle berries, Thimble berries and soon the Blackberries are ripening just waiting to be harvested. Love the cost of that!
Why not plan a day to go berry picking with your family or friends. What a great way to get the kids involved. They will be able to make their own healthy Fruit Leather.

All you need is long pants, a long sleeved shirt and a pail. An ice cream bucket works great and keeps it out of the Land Fill, now you are set for a great day of berry picking.

Spread them out on a cookie sheet first to freeze . After they are frozen measure out 4 cups of berries and put them in a zip lock bag removing as much air as you can. With a Sharpie write the Date, the amount and put them back into the freezer. The more berries you pick the more yummy preserves we can make.

There will be an Community Information Session in September. Please watch for updates. Everyone Welcome!!!

In the meantime the berries are ripening and waiting to be harvested. Did you know that berries have one of the highest antioxidants' and source of vitamin C and they are growing right in our back yard.

Kimberley Anderson

Penelakut Produce Preservation Community Introduction

August 10, 2011

Debra Hellbach and her son had the good fortune of attending the Produce Preservation Community Introduction in Penelakut on August 10th. Marion James combined the event with their Emergency Preparedness and Family Fun day. Debra demonstrated how to dry peaches while her son checked out the Bouncy Castle! Participants sampled dried peaches, apples and mangoes and 16 people signed up for a workshop. From the podium Marion and Debra shared produce preservation information, presented the Community Training Package and introduced Marion, Richard Jerman and Maria George as local trainers (they participated in the Vancouver pilot workshop in March). Two of the Bernardin Canning kits were raffled off as door prizes as Marion had already purchased 6 kits for the community. The day included fun activities for the kids, information for adults, lunch, a salmon barbeque and live music. The combination of food and fun made for a great day at Penelakut! Great work Marion!