Food Skills Workshops

Resources for Community Organizations in Newfoundland & Labrador

The Food Skills Workshops were created by Food First NL, based on the 4 P's of Local Food. They are a series of workshops covering 8 different food skills, and are intended to be  a resource for community groups and individuals across the province to help build knowledge and confidence of healthy, traditional food skills in their communities.

The 4 P's of Local Food was coined by Neil Tilley who was a community organizer, advocate for rural NL, and organic farmer. Food First NL uses the 4 P's in his memory and inspired by the causes he cared about like sustainability and community development in Newfoundland and Labrador.  

The 4 P's are Planting, Picking, Preparing, and Preserving. Together they include how to grow food, harvest it, make healthy meals from it, and preserve it for future use. 

Click below to download the Food Skills Workshops. Each Workshop file contains an introduction and appendices section that is common to all eight workshops.

Food First NL regularly partners with community groups to host workshops. If you'd like to host a Food Skills Workshop in you community, please be in touch if we can be of further assistance. You can reach us at or call (709) 237-4026. 

Planting: How to Grow Food

  1. Container Gardening
  2. Composting

Picking: How to Harvest Cultivated & Wild Foods

  1. Seed Saving
  2. Edible Wild Plants

Preparing: How to Prepare Healthy Meals

  1. Preparing Local Vegetables
  2. Using Culinary Herbs

Preserving: How to Store and Preserve Food

  1. Canning/Bottling
  2. Root Cellars

These workshops are in PDF format. Adobe Reader is required to open them.

These workshops were created with funding support from:

Provincial Wellness Grant Program, Health Promotion and Wellness Division, Department of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Job Creation Partnership Program, Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador