Borrowing equipment from the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative’s Food Preservation Equipment Library is a great way to learn how to preserve produce without the huge investment in equipment you may not use often. Whether you grow it, forage it, or buy it from a local farmer we want to help you make your food last longer!

The cost to borrowing our equipment is covered by rental and membership fees, as well as donations. If you feel you get great value from the rentals please consider donating further to continue and grow this amazing program.

Big Mountain Kitchen has been a proud partner in the Food Preservation Sharing Library since 2014. If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, or other equipment for preservation, please contact us to see what’s available.

Rules and terms

Following these simple rules helps to reduce the unlikely problem of damage or theft. By booking our rentals, you agree to these rules. Please do not borrow equipment on behalf of another person.

Memberships are non-transferable, and the renter is liable for any damages incurred to the equipment. By becoming an LFI or NCES member you will enjoy using the Food Preservation Equipment Library at half the price of normal daily rental fees! Use coupon code LFIRental at checkout to redeem; if we find your membership has lapsed, we’ll remind you to renew 😉

First Come, First Served
  • The rental equipment is available on a first-come-first-served basis through this online booking engine. 
  • There is an automatic 2 day buffer between rentals due to the Covid19 pandemic. Please return the items on time to avoid any timing issues. 
  • You can borrow items up to one week at a time, after that it needs to be passed on to any others waiting. If no one else is in line, you can extend your rental.
Rental Fees and Memberships
  • For LFI and NCES members, the daily fee is $2 for small items and $4 for large items.
  • For non-members, the daily fee is $4 for small items and $8 for large items
  • Please bring your LFI or NCES membership card with you if you recently purchased your membership, our database gets updated monthly.
  • LFI Memberships are available to purchase in store and online here
Using the Equipment
  • Please inspect the condition of the equipment to ensure it is clean, fully operational, and including all parts prior to leaving the store or on the first day of your rental.
  • Contact us immediately if you notice the equipment has not been cleaned thoroughly, doesn’t work, or has parts missing.
  • Please familiarize yourself with proper equipment operation. Manuals are either included with your rental, or here in the online equipment list. When available, we’ve also linked to good youtube videos!
  • If you have issues with the operation of the equipment, use the manuals and videos provided to troubleshoot before contacting us. 
Late Returns
  • Please return equipment on time. Be mindful that there is limited stock and others potentially waiting to rent the equipment after you.
  • Items returned late are subject to a late fee that is double the daily rental fee.
  • Library users with unpaid late fees will not be granted access to further rentals until the fees have been covered.
Dirty / Damaged Returns
  • Equipment must come back thoroughly cleaned with the identification card and all the pieces contained within its package or bag.
  • A cleaning fee of $20 applies to equipment returned in a less-than-clean state at the discretion of an LFI representative or Big Mountain Kitchen Staff.
  • Damages will be assessed following the return of the equipment item. Renters will be charged for the cost of the repair or replacement of equipment parts.
Indemnification and Liability

Now, for some legal speak. The renter shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Big Mountain and the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative Society from and against any claim, demand, cause of action, loss or liability (including attorney’s fees and expenses of litigation) for any property damage or personal injury arising from Renter’s use of Equipment by any cause.

Our database of LFI members is connected below; you can edit your profile, checking the check box that you’ve agreed to these rules. If you don’t know your login credentials, click “Forgot Password” and you’ll get an email with instructions.

If you have trouble, we are happy to help you in store. If you have an NCES membership, please bring your membership card with you when you come to rent an item.

Food Security and the LFI

Food Security, a term that encompasses our access to healthy, sustainable and affordable food, has become an important topic in recent years. There is a growing trend towards all things local, fresh and home-grown. The LFI sees the potential to nurture this trend as it benefits our health, our economy, our earth and our culture. Through education, facilitation and advocacy they are empowering the community to enhance local food production and utilization.

Learn more about LFI and local food initiatives here.