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Food preservation class offered

Sue Isner, CEOS member and Hancock County Extension Family & Community Development Program assistant, prepares to teach about some of the equipment needed for preserving the garden’s bounty. (Submitted photo)

The Hancock County Community Educational Outreach Service held its final food preservation class, Freezing & Dehydrating, on September1. Part of the on-going series “From Garden to Pantry – Preserving What You Grow,” the class was presented by the CEOS with support from WVU Extension, the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network, Try This WV, and the Hancock County 4-H Foundation. All the produce used in the classes was purchased from R-n-R Family Farm of New Cumberland.

The series came about as the CEOS searched for meaningful ways to fulfill their mission of strengthening individuals and families through continuing education, community service, and leadership development.

CEOS President, Becky Wiegers, stated, “We have seen a resurgence of interest in gardening as more and more people become concerned about the quality of their food, where it comes from and what is in it, and also availability. The Covid-19 pandemic made it very clear we may not always find what we need on the shelves at the grocery store.

“I see a natural progression from growing our own food to preserving what we grow to ensure an ample supply of good, healthy, food beyond the growing season. It’s also worth noting that, although our classes concentrate on preserving fruits and vegetables, meat can also be preserved and we touch on that as well.”

The CEOS plans to present these workshops again next year and those who are interested in participating are encouraged to call the WVU Hancock County Extension Office at 304-564-3805, for more information. Because the classes are “hands on” the number of spots for each class is limited and can they can fill up quickly.

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