Education 2020: Let No Apple Be Wasted! (Food Preservation Workshops)

FALL, 2021 UPDATE:  Look what the first “Let No Apple Be Wasted” workshop that the Co-op initiated in 2020 with the Southern Gulf Islands Community Resource Centre has become on Pender Island this year…

FALL, 2020:  There was a bumper crop of apples in the Southern Gulf Islands that year!  And now you can see what Saturna Island did about this on September 19, 2020 (thanks to a video by outstanding Pender Island filmmaker Kenta Kikuchi).  Also, thanks so much to Vancity enviroFund, the Capital Regional District (CRD), the Southern Gulf Islands Community Resource Centre, and many others for supporting this project!

SATURNA ISLAND VIDEO:   CAUTIONCanning can be dangerous and create unsafe food if done improperly!  so please do your own research before trying.  See also Pender Island video below.

The Gulf Islands Food Co-op was very happy to work in partnership with the Southern Gulf Island Community Resource Centre, on the development of the first…

“Let No Apple Be Wasted” Workshop!   This was on Saturday, September 19, 2020 – at the Saturna Recreation Centre.  (contact Veronica Vos at

This socially-distanced, food safe workshop on Saturna included:

  • gleaning surplus apples from some generous local sources;
  • displaying the large metal Food Dehydrator (10 racks) and also large Pressure Canner (19 pint jars at once) that the Co-op has now purchased for lending on Saturna (even before the Apple event, see EQUIPMENT BORROWING to request a booking);
  • doing some apple drying and also some apple slice canning in the Recreation Centre kitchen, plus having the Pressure Canner there to show how to use it (e.g. needed for food safe canning of vegetables, meat or fish);
  • facilitating the sharing of surplus island apples between community members, so that more are preserved instead of wasted;
  • see the new video from the Saturna event, demonstrating use of the dehydrator and also canning (CAUTION: your own additional personal research is always required for Food Safe and other safety reasons)
  • NOTE: After the Gulf Islands Food Co-op developed and co-coordinated the above Saturna workshop, now we’ve been providing equipment, advice and person power support for the Southern Gulf Islands Community Resource Centre’s follow-up Apple Preservation workshops for the Mayne Island Food Bank (October 5/6) and then on Pender Island on Oct 31, 2020!  See Pender’s lovely video by Thais Santos Beattie at