Friday, June 1, 2018

Welcome to Our Growing Community!

The Center for Food Preservation Arts (CFPA) is a community resource grown from an awareness of the fragile nature of our food supply.  Founder Hal Meng shares, "After the events of Hurricane Katrina, and disasters closer to home like the 530 Mudslide in the Oso area,  I became aware that our economy is very fragile particularly around the food system.  Our ‘just in time’ delivery system has only about 72 hours’ worth of food available in any store.  And our current system is unjust and unequal, leaving far too many without the opportunity to access a sufficient amount of healthy food, even in the best of times.

"I learned that resilient communities have food systems that are inherently more just and equitable because they localize food production, diversify distribution, and reduce waste while valuing the contribution of every member of the community.   

"This is how things used to work.  The work we do seeks to cultivate resilience by bringing back practices that used to be common."   

“Our mission is to work very locally to re-center the food system by addressing food insecurity and waste. The Center for Food Preservation Arts strengthens our community by creating opportunities for people of different abilities, socio-economic statuses, and cultural and racial backgrounds to come together around the shared experience of food preservation. Services available will include:
  • Educational demonstrations and hands-on workshops in food preservation and family nutrition both on site and as outreach. (learn more under the EDUCATION page)
  • Activities that support local emergency food programs.  Our Preservin' for the Hungry, for example, operates under WSDA permits to produce jams and apple sauces that can be distributed at food banks. (learn more under the SUPPORT page)
  • Provide  use of a commercial kitchen for neighborhoods and groups to hold “Canning  and Preserving Parties”
  • A food preserving tool library where equipment can be borrowed for home use or used on site  (learn more under the ACCESS page)


    The Center for Food Preservation Arts works with a wide variety of agencies and community organizations, including: 
    St. Leo's Food Connection, Harvest Pierce CountyTrinity 
    Lutheran Church, Pt. Defiance - Ruston Senior Center, Orting United Methodist Church, and others to bring quality programs and opportunities around food preservation. Our network of community friends and affiliates is constantly growing.


    Details  of our various programs can be found on the EDUCATIONSUPPORT, and ACCESS pages of this website.

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    "Finished Product" Image by Leslie Seaton of Seattle, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    To inquire about the Center for Food Preservation Arts, visit the Contact Us tab

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