Greetings! This is the place to book the Co-op’s large Food Dehydrators or Pressure Canners, for use in food preservation and to support local food security! There is one of each on Pender, Mayne and Saturna Island, and you can book both pieces of equipment on your island at once.
To use the calendars below to book your 3-day slot, click your 1st day, then your 3rd day (and on some phones back to the 1st day), then there will either be an auto-scroll or you can scroll down and check the dates booked in the brief form to fill out. If you don’t get a timely email response, just call Zorah at 250-891-2424 to confirm your booking. For Galiano Island, please contact the Galiano Food Program which has similar equipment to lend.
The Dehydrators are metal with 10 racks and come with silicon sheets (much easier to clean) and an apple turner for thin slicing. The Pressure Canners are Presto 21 litre size, able to can 18 pint jars (stacked) or 7 quart jars at once (pressure canning required for vegetables, meat, fish and more). FOOD SAFE PRESERVATION – please read the instruction books with the equipment, inspect the equipment before use, and do your own research if unsure about anything!
CAUTION: Using electrical, heat, and pressure oriented equipment can be dangerous, and improperly canned food can make people very sick or worse. By requesting a booking here, you are accepting that you will USE THIS EQUIPMENT ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK, and that you release and absolve the Gulf Islands Food Co-op or any person or organization connected with this program of any responsibility whatsoever for the consequences.
There is no fee to borrow this equipment, the purchase of which was supported by Vancity enviroFund and CRD funding, plus the Pender dehydrator came from the Pender Islands Community Farmland Acquisition Project. However, for the Co-op to manage the borrowing of the above equipment, DONATIONS OF AT LEAST $10 (per booking, per piece of equipment), are suggested (HERE, thanks!).
TO BOOK EQUIPMENT BORROWING DAYS (no more than 3 days for each equipment item at a time), please scroll down to the relevant calendar, then click on each day you would like for a particular piece of equipment (it should turn black).
Then the booking form below that calendar should show the dates you have booked, and please fill in the rest of the form. We especially need your telephone number and email, so that the Co-op, the previous borrower, and the next borrower can connect as needed to move the equipment around.
By booking, you are AGREEING AND COMMITTING AS FOLLOWS (in addition to the CAUTIONS above): to come pick up the equipment at the central Equipment Storer on your island (listed below), OR at the previous borrowers if that makes more sense; then to properly clean and dry the equipment; and then to bring the equipment back to the Storer if there is no new upcoming booking soon. However, if you have room, you are encouraged to store the equipment until the next borrowing, and/or also tell your family or friends that they can borrow it too if they go online and make a booking. Then the easiest thing is to pass the equipment on to the next scheduled borrower who comes to you.
Central Equipment Storers (but 1st book online below, call Zorah at 250-891-2424 with any questions)
Pender – Roz Kempe; Mayne – Eden Buday; Saturna – Veronica Vos/Saturna CRC
This is a new system calling for honour and trust, and we know islanders are really good at that! Also, the central Equipment Storers (listed above) are currently volunteers, as is the initial Equipment Coordinator Zorah Staar (250-891-2424, email@example.com), so let’s find a way to make this work easily and well, so that we can produce and preserve more and more island food :-)
PENDER DEHYDRATOR & APPLE TURNER:
PENDER PRESSURE CANNER:
MAYNE DEHYDRATOR & APPLE TURNER:
MAYNE PRESSURE CANNER:
SATURNA DEHYDRATOR & APPLE TURNER:
SATURNA PRESSURE CANNER: