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Food Preservation

Food preservation the way my grandmother did it........... without chemical preservatives with unpronounceable names. Learn these skills in small groups that will come together over time and as interest is expressed and demonstrators are discovered.

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Latest Activity: Feb 18, 2015

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Harvest Abundance Circle

This is your advance notice of the upcoming 2nd annual Harvest Abundance Circle on Sunday November 9th, 2-5pm, potluck to follow.So start pickling, drying, preserving, etc. all the incredible…Continue

Tags: trade, gift, free, exchange, preserves

Started by Erin Harper Sep 24, 2014.

Cheese Making Workshop -- Back By Popular Demand!

Cheese making is one of the oldest food preservation techniques, practiced for at least 5,000 years. Certain cheeses can be stored for a year or more at room temperature, and many others can be…Continue

Tags: making, cheese, preservation, food

Started by Jan Steinman Jul 8, 2013.

Cider Making Workshop at EcoReality, Sunday, December 18, $45 (plus HST)

After tasting last years perry (hard pear cider), a neighbour said, "You need to have a workshop on this!" So we set one up.Depending on when the fruit ripens, you may be involved with picking,…Continue

Started by Jan Steinman Sep 17, 2011.

Canning Workshops at EcoReality

Tomorrow's canning and preserving workshop (Sunday, 18 September) is full. But due to popular demand, we're conducting two more canning workshops this fall:…Continue

Started by Jan Steinman Sep 17, 2011.

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Comment by Dona MacKie on September 13, 2014 at 10:30am
from Frog Chorus Farm.

Rod & I are now storing and renting out the AppleFest dehydrators from our farm. They are rented for $20/week with a $20 deposit, returned when the cleaned & intact dehydrator is returned. We can be reached at 250-931-1233 or
Comment by Wreford Miller on July 7, 2013 at 2:56pm

Sue Higgs asked:

Last year there was mention of food drying equipment that could be loaned ... who would I contact about borrowing one? Thanks, Sue

Hi Sue, you sent this request to the group by email, but the return address was 'donotreply'! So I thought this should be more public anyway.

You can rent a good semi-industrial dehydrator from Natureworks in Ganges for $15 a week (last time I checked, a couple of months ago).

Some background: last year Harry Burton and the Apple Festival bought 10 dehydrators from us (Squirrel Prep - we're going to be selling food preservation equipment starting Sept. 1). Five are for use of the Apple Fest Growers and 5 are for public use at Natureworks. These are all-stainless-steel dehydrators, with 10 shelves, over 16 sq. ft. of drying space, and relatively quiet fans compared to other dehydrators. Made by The SausageMaker. We think that avoiding plastic when using heat is important, and this is the cheapest reliable all-steel dehydrator.

Natureworks:  -- 250-537-2325

We sell 5-shelf units of this dehydrator as well, we don't rent any though. I am still on SSI until friday if you want more info, 250-530-9000.

Comment by Jan Steinman on October 19, 2011 at 2:53pm

Food Freedom -- not to be taken for granted!


Our government has declared war on a gentle, mild-mannered dairy farmer, assessing $110,000 in fines. Michaels Schmidt's terrible offence? He set up a shared-ownership situation in which he cared for people's cows and distributed THEIR milk to them! He initially won a court battle, but it was reversed in a higher court, in which the judge stated that Canadians do not have a fundamental right to drink milk, pasteurized or not, from animals they own.

Here on Salt Spring, I have set up a herd share operation so that the co-owners of EcoReality Co-op's dairy goat herd can legally (so we thought) obtain raw milk from their goats. So far, the regulators have not noticed our little operation. But you can be sure they will someday.

I would gladly go to jail for this cause. But they are too smart for that -- they don't want martyrs on their hands. Instead, they levy usurious fines, upon which they can seize assets, putting the raw dairy operations into bankruptcy.

But now they have a martyr on their hands. After trying to work with the authorities for 17 years, brave Michael Schmidt is in his 19th day of a hunger strike. He is seeking to meet with the Ontario Premiere in order to find a way that citizens can eat food of their choosing, from animals they own.

"But I don't drink milk," you might exclaim, or even "I'm vegan, and don't believe animals should be milked."

Well, remember what Pastor Martin Niemoller* wrote in the days of Nazi Germany? It may be milk they're after today, but it may be your bean sprouts tomorrow. This is not someone else's problem! This is a problem for ANYONE who wants control over what they eat.

Please join me in signing the petition!

After you've done that, please send a note to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty asking that he agree to meet with Michael Schmidt, so he can end his hunger strike. So far, the Premier of Ontario is unwilling to do so:
Keep in mind this is not an "Ontario" problem; BC has also levied $55,000 of fines on Michael Schmidt for his work on Alice Jongerden's cow share operation in Chilliwack.
It could be here next. Act now!

Jan Steinman

* "In Germany they first came for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me -- and by that time no one was left to speak up." -- Pastor Martin Niemoller


Comment by Jon Healey on September 6, 2011 at 2:20pm

Hello Donna,

Transition Salt Spring will be having a booth at the fall fair.  We would like to have a board featuring the groups that have set up on the transition website, listing current activity, any particular successes, and upcoming events.  We could also include this information in our next newsletter.  If you would like to have your group included could you or someone in your group send me a short e-mail with:

Current activity of your group

Any particular successes you have enjoyed

Upcoming events


Jon Healey

Comment by Jan Steinman on June 21, 2011 at 12:55pm

Both Country Grocer and Thrifty's has them, but they tend to have a limited supply outside of the fall canning season, when they stock up on them.


The island thrift stores are usually stripped of them. Lions Club (Fri-Sat AM) sometimes has them. We get a lot of ours from off-island thrift stores.

Comment by Melissa Flint on June 21, 2011 at 12:24pm
Does anyone know the best place to get canning jars on the island?
Comment by Jan Steinman on June 21, 2011 at 10:32am
(BTW: Carol will be conducting our canning and preserving workshops in October and November.)
Comment by Carol Wagner on June 21, 2011 at 8:29am
I would be happy to do another canning workshop. Let me know if you are interested!
Comment by Jan Steinman on June 20, 2011 at 10:38pm

Hi Sue. We're planning another cheese making workshop on Sunday, September 25. Everything is similar to the one below, except payment in full in advance (our "break even" is the same as our maximum) and the date.


You can sign up at:


We already have one sign-up. This workshop typically fills a couple months in advance.


We are also having canning and preserving workshops in October and November, see the following for details:

Comment by Sue Higgs on June 20, 2011 at 7:40pm
Is anyone thinking of a workshop this summer/fall? I missed them last year, so I'm hoping to be ready for this harvest!

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