Tool Share

Our Tool Share Program is all about connecting people with tools!

Collecting food from our backyard is easy, but it does a require some equipment. Wildsight’s Tool Share is an expanding cooperative resource that gives access to the tools needed to preserve the food you grow. The library includes apple press, dehydrator, canning stove, a smoker, and more. Why buy your own when using Wildsight’s equipment is so easy and convenient!

You can visit our ‘virtual tool shed’ create an account and check it out. Below is a list of what we have available. This program is funded by your generous donations. Thank you!

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TOOLS!

Tool Share Itoolsharenventory

1 – push mower

3 – apple press

1 – apple picker

5 – recycle bins

1 – smoker

2 – large juice jugs

1- coffee thermos

1 – backyard campstove

1 – dehydrator

1 – watering can

Assorted Dishes

Apple Picker

Picking apples is no easy task. Awkward leaning ladders and arms that are just a bit too short to reach that perfect apple can often result in damaged limbs and bruised fruit. Safety first people! The fruit picker is a basket affixed to the end of a standard broom handle with a cotton bag to catch fruit to give you a few extra feet advantage.

Apple press

What did people drink before bottled beverages? Apple Cider!! Making fresh apple cider is easy and fun, all you need is a few fruit bearing trees and an apple press. An apple press is used to crush apples that produces an unfiltered juice that is referred to as cider. Whole apples are ground up by a hand propelled grinder. From there the apple pieces (stems, cores and all) are put into a cheesecloth (porous) bag and transferred into a wooden cylinder. Once in the cylinder the bag gets squeezed by a piston and the juice is forced from the solids. Often this process requires a few friends with a lot of tenacity. Watch for wasps!!

Dehydrator

Have you made enough juice and are looking for other options for your harvest? Dehydrators are a device that removes moisture from food to aid in preservation. It uses a heat source and air flow to reduce the water content of foods. Removing moisture restrains various bacteria from growing and spoiling food and its whole lot easier to take hiking!

Canning Stove

So you have made all the cider and want to save it for the upcoming months. Can it! Most canning water baths don't fit well on the conventional stove. This canning stove has 3 burners so a couple water baths can be on the go at once. The stove requires propane that you will need to provide.

Smoker

So, you have all your dehydrated apples packed up for your pack trip, but you can’t survive on only that. Smoked meat and fish! Smoking is the process of flavouring, cooking, or preserving food by exposing it to smoke from smouldering material, most often wood. Wildsight’s smoker is an electric front loader that is easy to use.

Push Mower

This machine utilizes and is powered by your muscle as you push it. One or more revolving cutting blades are connected to the wheels that spin as as you push leaving a beautifully evenly sheared lawn. No need to hit the gym on these days!

Recycle Bins

Don’t forget how easy recycling is at your next event. Borrow our collapsible recycle bins. They are easy to pack up and move to location.

Questions? elkvalley@wildsight.ca

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Join us on Monday, April 17 at 7pm for the pre-Earth Day Wild Ideas! We will be having a discussion about the state of forestry in the Fernie area and what is happening looking to the future. More details to follow but save the date!

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Event Date:  Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Event Date:  Saturday, April 22, 2017

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Wild Ideas Fernie -- Land Conservation

Event Date:  Monday, May 15, 2017

Please join us for the last Wild Ideas of the spring as we take the summer off in order to give you time to garden, bike, hike and explore the wild! Monday, May 15 at 7pm we will be looking at land conservarion. More info to come but mark your calendars!

Elk Valley Branch AGM: A Garden Gathering

Event Date:  Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Join us for our 2017 AGM. We'll Share Food, Formalities & Inspiration as we move forward together. 5:30pm Annual General Meeting 6:00pm Potluck & Refreshments

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Branch Information

Contact

891 2nd Ave (Mainfloor)
PO Box 537,
Fernie, BC V0B 1M0
Phone: 250.423.3322
Email: elkvalley@wildsight.ca
elkvalley@wildsight.ca

Join The Team

Want to protect wildlife, clean water and wild spaces? Volunteer with us! Wildsight volunteers are a very special group of people who give generously of their time to stuff envelopes, attend rallies, help run events, put up posters, keep tabs on forestry practices in their communities and participate in citizen science initiatives.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES