Food preservation workshops at NCOC

WEVERTOWN NCOC announces a series of workshops designed to resurrect an important life skill. Many new gardeners find natures bounty somewhat overwhelming, and few are equipped to can, dehydrate or freeze the extra vegetables to carry them through the winter. Since North country gardens only supply fresh food to the table 2 or 3 months out of the year, preserving techniques are especially important. Thanks to a generous grant from the Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region NCOC will be able to purchase food preservation equipment for demonstration purposes, and will make the equipment available to qualified residents for individual and canning party use to area residents. Sunday, Aug. 24, Garden Tour: One of the best ways to share knowledge about gardening, seed-saving and companion planting, is to learn from other growers in your local area. A number of gardeners have agreed to give us a tour of their gardens, to show us what works for them! Meet at NCOC at 12 noon. If you are willing to show us your garden, please call (518) 251-3481 or (518) 251-2299! Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6:30-9 p.m., Dehydration Techniques: from herbs and jerky to fruits and vegetables, modern methods for drying provide one of the simplest modern techniques for food preservation. Anita Abrams and Sue Therio will demonstrate techniques and share recipes. On Thursday evening, August 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Anna Kokosa of Cornell Cooperative Extension will present a workshop and demonstration of canning techniques and food safety considerations.

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