Food Preservation Program

Food Preservation includes drying, freezing, boiling water bath canning, and pressure canning, allowing food to have a longer shelf life while retaining some nutrients. Learning to preserve your own food is a great way to save money and eat locally grown and harvested foods all year round.

Since 2017 we have been partnering with local organizations to bring PreserveSafe train-the-trainer programs and food preservation workshops to west coast communities. PreserveSafe graduates gain the skills and knowledge to safely preserve food using a variety of methods and the confidence to lead their own community workshops in food preservation.

A number of west coast residents, including TCFI staff, have graduated from the PreserveSafe Certification Program through train-the-trainer weekends hosted in the communities of Tofino, Ucluelet, Hitacu and Ahousaht. These trainings and community workshops are made possible by the generous donations from the District of Tofino Emergency Preparedness team, Eat West Coast (Clayoquot Biosphere Trust), and the Tofino Saltwater Classic.

In-person Food Preservation workshops are currently on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Check out our YouTube channel for online workshops on food preservation.


Past Food Preservation Workshops

  • Jul 31, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Tofino, Tofino, BC, Canada
    Showcasing the incredible potential for local food growing on the west coast and inspiring individuals to start or improve their own backyard gardens.
  • Aug 07, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Ucluelet, Ucluelet, BC, Canada
    One excellent way of learning about growing food is to see the designs of other gardeners. Come explore 6 amazing edible gardens in Ucluelet with us on Sunday August 7, 1-4 pm.
  • Jun 11, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Tofino, Gibson St, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0, Canada
    Handy-person's volunteer day! Bring your drill and bring your skills to help TCFI dismantle some old garden beds that can no longer be used.
  • May 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Wickaninnish Community School Garden, 431 Gibson St, Tofino, BC V0R, Canada
    On Sunday May 22 we are pleased to have the knowledgeable and experienced Vancouver Island horticulturalist Connie Kuramoto coming to teach us about propagation from cuttings. What plants work well from cuttings, and how? Come participate and learn this valuable and useful plant skill.
  • May 07, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Wickaninnish Community School Garden, 431 Gibson St, Tofino, BC V0R, Canada
    Are you interested in getting your hands dirty while learning about gardening in our community? Join us on Saturday May 7 to help out in the school garden. We will be meeting monthly, and then ramping up to a weekly community gardening day when school is out in the summer.
  • Apr 30, 10:00 a.m. – May 01, 8:00 p.m.
    Gaia Grocery, 150 Fourth St, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0, Canada
    TCFI staff and board members have been busy growing seedlings to share with our community as a fundraiser for our programs. Basil! Cabbage! Lettuce! Tomatoes! Nasturtium, and more! Come down to Gaia Grocery on April 30 and May 1 for the spring seedling sale!
  • Mar 05, 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST
    Wickaninnish Community School & Online, 431 Gibson St, Tofino, BC V0R, Canada
    Join us in preparation for the growing season! Our annual Seedy Saturday event will include a seed swap & sale at the Wickaninnish Community School Garden, a virtual presentation from seed saving expert Bob Wildfong, and a virtual film screening of the award-winning documentary Modified.
  • Feb 12, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Tofino, 431 Gibson St, Tofino, BC V0R, Canada
    In this engaging demonstration, instructor Connie Kuramoto will share her expertise about the tools and techniques required to confidently prune your own fruit trees.
  • Jan 30, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Wickaninnish Community School Garden, 431 Gibson St, Tofino, BC V0R, Canada
    This workshop is for anyone who wants to get the most out of the growing season and be ready with hardy, healthy seedlings come Spring!
  • Dec 05, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST
    Wickaninnish Community School Garden, 431 Gibson St, Tofino, BC V0R, Canada
  • Nov 19, 2021, 6:30 p.m. PST – Nov 21, 2021, 6:30 p.m. PST