FARMINGTON — University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professional Donna Bucher is offering a three-hour “Preserving the Harvest” workshop on July 22 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the West Farmington Grange.

More people are getting into gardening and growing their own food, so workshops on the next step, preserving the foods, are being offered statewide, Bucher said.

Along with this one in Farmington, more will be scheduled for August so those interested should leave their name and number for one of those, she said.
Participants will learn recommended methods for preserving foods, the latest and safest recipes, and equipment to ensure safety and how to check for properly sealed jars. Participants need to bring a potholder with them to the workshop.

After a short presentation on canning, Bucher involves participants in a “hands-on” learning experience as they will chop fruit and continue the canning process to make jam.

Pre-registration is required. There is a materials fee of $10 per person. Participants will receive a “Preserving the Harvest” food preservation packet.
Space in this class is limited. Please call 778-4650 to register.

Future classes will be offered at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office, 138 Pleasant Street, Suite 1, Farmington. The number of classes will be determined by the need expressed in the community. If you are interested in future food preservation classes, please call 778-4650. Materials fee is payable by check payable to “FCEA” putting “Preserving the Harvest and date/session” in the memo section. Please contact the workshop instructor, Donna Bucher, Extension Professional 7 days prior to the event if you need special accommodations to attend.

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