Debra Hellbach

PRESERVESafe Founder

Debra is passionate about food self-reliance. She is very concerned about people being disconnected from their food supply. Debra has spent much of her 35 year career helping food processors build their businesses and is now turning her attention to community development through food.

In 2016 she founded PRESERVESafe recognizing an ongoing need for safe food preservation training after the BC Produce Preservation Program ended. Through PRESERVESafe she hopes to build an "army" of community food preservation trainers.

Debra is a Food Scientist and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Communications. In 2017 she was awarded the BC Food Processors Association Food Industry Leadership Award and 2018 she received the Outstanding Regional Partnership Award from Diabetes Canada for her work with Indigenous communities.
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Debra Hellbach

Do any of these apply to you?

If so, we can help :)

  • I'd like to preserve my own food but I am scared about making mistakes, wasting money or poisoning my family.

  • I would love to teach people in my community how to preserve food - even better if I could earn a bit of money doing it!

  • I would like to help with community food preservation activities but I want to be sure that I am using safe methods.

  • I'd love to meet like-minded people and share gardening and preservation tips and stories.