People Preserving Food (PPF) was developed through the combined efforts of six Vancouver-based organizations to safely enhance, promote and teach methods of preserving our seasonal harvests.
SPEC is one of those participating organizations and has put on a number of workshops and events teaching people about canning and food preservation.
In Canada, the globalization of our food system and the advent of "convenient foods" dramatically decreased the number of people involved with preserving food for winter months. The practice of saving our food for another time (historally called "putting food by") can help to reduce food wastage, create food culture and provide local food security. Food preserving includes many different methods such as canning, drying, fermenting, freezing, smoking and more. Although preserving our food is an age-old technique, passed down through generations, standard training sessions are essential to food safety.
The first project titled "Yes I Can" focused on canning. In its pilot year, PPF coordinated train-the–trainer workshops with eight Vancouver-based organizations participating. Following the workshops, the trained trainers will be supported to independently conduct canning workshops for people in their community. The long-term objective is to expand the train-the-trainers opportunities throughout BC, and to become a food preservation educational resource.
SPEC holds workshops on canning and preserving when possible. Check out our events page to view past and upcoming canning workshops.