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.

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Past Food Preservation Workshops

  • Winter Canning Workshop - Vegetables
    Ucluelet Community Centre
    Mar. 14, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Ucluelet Community Centre, 500 Matterson Dr, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0, Canada
    In this final workshop of the pressure canning series, you will learn how to safely use a pressure canner to preserve vegetables. We’ll be sampling several different varieties of canned vegetables, perhaps discovering some new favourites that will inspire your garden planning for next summer.
  • Winter Canning Workshop - Chili
    Ucluelet Community Centre
    Feb. 15, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Ucluelet Community Centre, 500 Matterson Dr, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0, Canada
    Take this course to further practice your pressure canning skills learned in the previous workshop, or come and learn for the first time. We will be using a meat-based recipe to create a hearty winter meal and will also be learning the boiling water bath canning preservation method.
  • Winter Canning Workshop - Vegetarian Soups & Stews
    Ucluelet Community Centre
    Jan. 25, 2020, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Ucluelet Community Centre, 500 Matterson Dr, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0, Canada
    The winter months have arrived. Learn how to pressure can vegetarian soup and stew that can easily be reheated to warm you up on a cold day. We will also be learning the boiling water bath canning preservation method using seasonally available ingredients.
  • Winter Artisan Market
    Tofino Community Hall
    Dec. 07, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Tofino Community Hall, Arnet Rd, Tofino, BC V0R, Canada
    'Tis the season to enjoy the gift of creativity. Local artisans will be selling their hand-made creations, everything from jewelry, paintings, candles, photographs, clothing, baking, preserves – and all in time for the holidays.

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