Welcome to MASH!

We are a registered non-profit society operating mainly in the Hazeltons, with tentacles reaching west to Gitanyow and east to Telkwa. Food security with a focus on community economic development that includes a healthy dose of performing arts is our passion. Capacity-building, networking and delivering fun, safe events are what we do.

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Programs

As a carry-over from the NWBC Food Action Network,  we are pleased to offer Food Preserving classes on Fermentation, Pressure Canning, Boiling Water Bath Canning and Drying. We have 6 community trainers available to offer classes in the Hazeltons, Smithers and Telkwa starting in September 2020. We hope to offer virtual classes soon as well.

Food Skills for Families

Another carry-over from the Food Action Network, we have one trained Food Skills for Families facilitator. This is a six week program with three hours classes each week. Curriculums and other supports are provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control. There are five themed programs: Budget-wise, Newcomers to Canada, Indigenous, Active Seniors,  and Punjabi. 

We collaborate with local organizations to provide community apple pressing services.  We have two trained facilitators and equipment as well as tested  workflow. Support and encouragement is also available for project partners to offer complementary services.   Bear-Smart education and a tree picking service (apple gleaning) are recommended.

As a carry-over from the NWBC Food Action Network,  we are pleased to offer Food Preserving classes on Fermentation, Pressure Canning, Boiling Water Bath Canning and Drying. We have 6 community trainers available to offer classes in the Hazeltons, Smithers and Telkwa starting in September 2020. We hope to offer virtual classes soon as well.

Live Music and Art

When conditions are right, we offer single or multi-day events that celebrate community, music, art and local food with a few workshops thrown in related to homesteading and organizational development.

FAN recently merged with MASH to become our food security arm. All proceedings from conferences delivered in 2017, 2018 and 2019 are housed on this website. We maintain a Facebook page for FAN and continue to nurture those relationships as resources allow.

Support for Farmers

Wondering about farm status, soil testing, insurance, grants or co-operative opportunities? Our 3 day Farm School in 2017 covered all these topics and we have a blog with highlights. 

Our Mission

We support local food security by providing programming and support services that focus on education, capacity-building and FUN!

Become a Member

Donate a minimum of $25 to become a member.

As a non-profit organization, MASH depends on your support to keep our tractor running.

Membership includes the following benefits:

  • 10% discount on all ticketed events from Feb 1/21 to Feb 1/23.
  • Exclusive access to our Equipment Lending Library
  • 10% discount on all MASH merchandise
  • Voting rights and qualification to be on the Board of Directors
  • Bi-annual newsletter delivered to your inbox
  • All members get entered into a raffle for a gift basket valued at $50 – winners are drawn at the AGM
  • Lifetime members never have to renew their membership- and everyone else the two year duration means you are good until the 2023 AGM held in January.