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

  • Winter Seed Sowing Workshop
    Winter Seed Sowing Workshop
    Wickaninnish Community School Garden
    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!
  • Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
    Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
    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.
  • Seedy Saturday
    Seedy Saturday
    Wickaninnish Community School & Online
    Mar. 05, 11:30 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
    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.
  • Edible Garden Tours
    Edible Garden Tours
    Location is TBD
    Time is TBD
    Location is TBD
    Showcasing the incredible potential for local food growing on the west coast and inspiring individuals to start or improve their own backyard gardens.
  • Winter Wonderland in the Food Forest
    Winter Wonderland in the Food Forest
    Wickaninnish Community School Garden
    Dec. 05, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST
    Wickaninnish Community School Garden, 431 Gibson St, Tofino, BC V0R, Canada
  • A Celebration of Food through Film
    A Celebration of Food through Film
    Nov. 19, 2021, 6:30 p.m. PST – Nov. 21, 2021, 6:30 p.m. PST