West Coast Preservation Program
The Preservation Program, started in Winter 2018, was led by community priorities and increasing interest and activity in community sharing of local and indigenous food knowledge, access, preparation, and preservation techniques so that our families can learn more about each season’s abundance and access a variety of healthy and traditional foods year-round. We want our families to enjoy greater food security through the knowledge of preserving local and seasonal food sources. They can access more food more affordably, be more resilient in a time of need, and contribute toward cultural revitalization of land-based food practices.
As of Fall 2019, there are Preserve Safe certified teachers in all eight west coast communities. Moving forward, the program supports local community teaching, teaching in schools, access to equipment and facilities, emergency food policies, and markets for production.
Train the Trainer
Support local champions to teach
Identify food knowledge holders and champions
Provide Preserve Safe and Food Safe courses and certification
Ongoing support for teaching and equipment acess
Delivery of workshops across the region
Supporting Train the Trainer graduates to deliver workshops
Work with local organizations and governments to deliver workshops
Help participants access affordable products for practicing and processing
Encourage online sharing platforms
Access to preservation kits
Make appliances like dehydrators and canner availabel for community rental across the region
Support small scale processing such as community smokehouses or kitchen