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.


With the growing public interest in healthy food and local food systems there are many resources available to people interested in learning about how to grow, preserve and sell locally produced and processed foods. This section includes links to materials developed through the Produce Preservation Program – including Produce Preservation Workshop Guides, “how to” videos as well as links to other helpful resources. Please let us know if there are other resources that should be included in this section. Send your suggestions to

General information on home canning

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National Center for Home Preservation

This extensive site includes information on the "how-to's" of canning, freezing, drying, fermenting, pickling, making jams and jellies, and storing produce. You'll also find a variety of recipes, publications, slide shows, graphics galleries, and "how-to" videos.

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Small Scale Food Processor Association

Industry association with the vision of helping to create regional food sustainability.

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Small Business BC

Provides resources and services to start up and existing small businesses in British Columbia.

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FOODSAFE is a course to train food workers about safe food handling and hygiene. Check out the website for courses nearest you.

In First Nations communities contact Health Canada – First Nations, Inuit and Aboriginal Health

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First Nations in BC Portal

Sharing of experiences, tools & resources created by First Nations communities and organizations in BC.

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First Nations Agricultural Association

Assists in the start-up promotion and sustainability of Aboriginal agri-businesses in British Columbia.

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Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Administers regulations dealing with the marketing, processing and labelling of food products.

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Canada Business Service Centre

Provides resources and services to Canadian entrepreneurs.

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BC Association of Farmers’ Markets

Supports, develops and promotes farmers markets in BC.

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