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Course Description

Gain the necessary skills to harvest, prepare and preserve food from urban gardens. Learn the theory, practices and principles to store, can, dry and freeze the harvest. Current food safety guidelines and requirements are emphasized.

This course is designed for urban community gardeners, co-operative associations, municipal planners and environmental advocates wishing to identify the potentials and constraints for gardens in the urban environment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Select produce best suited for home food processing and preservation
  • Describe the key steps involved in canning, drying, and freezing foods as well as being able to describe the limitations of each methodology
  • Assess whether various processing and storage methods are appropriate for specific fruits and vegetables
  • Describe the basic mechanisms of food deterioration and how to minimize their impact
  • Develop a basic HACCP plan for home processing of fruits and vegetables
  • Interpret food safety guidelines as presented on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website
  • Apply CFIA food safety guidelines to your own home food preservation work

Course Topics

  • Getting Started
  • Introduction to Food Processing Basics
  • Food Dehydration and Drying
  • Thermal Processing
  • Food Freezing
  • Quality Control and Product Storage
  • Legislation and Guidelines


Assessment Item Weight
Introduce Yourself Discussion 2%
Assignments (6) 84%
Graded Discussions (2) 14%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partners

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Food Processing for Urban Gardeners
September 09, 2024 to December 01, 2024
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There are no textbooks required for this course. You will need to purchase a small quantity of different foods to complete the course assessments. See the course materials for details. 

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