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Canning Club Idea by Independence County

May 20, 2013

Bill's Canning Picture         Posted by

  Bill Hoskins, President, Independence County Extension Homemakers Council

          The River Valley Canners is the latest Extension Homemakers Club formed in Independence County.  The club was started from the idea of “Find a need and meet it.”  The Council leadership sensed a desire among county residents to learn more about home food preservation, consequently, the new club was formed and held its first meeting in May, 2012.

          The initial membership consisted of four members, three of which came from other clubs to help get the new club established.  In the ensuing months the membership has grown to 28 with no evidence of slowing down at this time.  The club meetings are held in the evening once each month at the Extension Office in Batesville.  Most meetings consist of a demonstration of a canning project that permits maximum participation by members and guests.  In the accompanying photograph club members Todd Berkheiser and Lynne Williams are ready to show a method used to peel a pepper. 

          At a recent meeting a demonstration of the Ball Brand Fresh Tech Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker was presented to the delight of all present.  The ease of use and positive results offered by this “instrument” was evident to all who observed it in action.

          All demonstration projects follow U. S. Department of Agriculture Guidelines for home food preservation by canning.  The Club uses the book, “So Easy to Preserve,” from the University of Georgia, as their text book.  The DVD set of the same title is also used.  As the 2013 gardening season progresses, demonstrations for drying, freezing and pickling foods will be scheduled.

          Along with stressing education for the Club members, consumer education for the public is a big consideration.  Consequently, articles are placed in the local newspaper announcing club meetings and the demonstration project scheduled for each meeting.

          Advisor for the Club is County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science, Julian King.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Betty F. Oliver permalink
    May 21, 2013 9:52 AM

    This is a wonderful example of how EHC can meet the needs to new people in the community.

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