Saturday, August 25, 2012

Vote for the Food Preservation Trailer!

Food Preservation on Wheels—a canning, curing, fermenting kitchen in a trailer

Awesome Food, the Food Chapter of the Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is offering a grant for $1,000 to an organization that will make our food more awesome. Our idea? Food preservation on wheels!
Ideas are open to public voting from August 23 to September 6. All submissions with 50 votes or more will advance to the final round of judging by Awesome Food’s Trustees for a chance to win a $1,000 grant.

Picture a small enclosed trailer that can be pulled onto any one of a hundred small farms at the peak of produce ripeness. Folks gather, the trailer doors open, and in about 30 minutes everyone is getting to work in a three-season high-efficiency food preservation kitchen. A tent keeps wind, sun or rain off of a bank of high-BTU burners, boiling away at hot water baths and pressure canners. Inside the trailer, a sink and food prep station allows up to six people to work at prepping produce. With a few small modifications, the same trailer can be outfitted to ferment kimchi or sauerkraut, or make yogurt, or even demonstrate the slaughter of small livestock like goats, sheep or pigs.

With this trailer we can:
1) make food preservation a party. Folks can come to learn, or to update their skills, or they can come to meet new folks, hang out with friends and keep the drudgery away.
2) close the gap between a small farm's surplus and the cellar pantry for scores of families.
3) connect the dots between food preservation and the economy, culture and ecology of our small places.


Think this idea is so awesome that you'd like to support it with dollars and votes? Click the link below to donate online.

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