Thursday, October 20, 2011

SkillShare: Gardening, Canning & Pickling

Posted by Crystal Pepperdine, Founder and Executive Director of Flint Handmade

Our third of five SkillShare Workshops, funded by a generous grant from the Ruth Mott Foundation, was a MAJOR success!

Roxanne Adair and Joanna Lehrman from Flint River Farm taught us about gardening, canning and pickling.

Katie was the first participant to arrive.  She was very excited to receive a Community Education Tool-Kit which included a Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving, Canning & Pickling Salt and a 4-Piece Canning Utensil Kit. 

All participants also received two 10% off coupons on canning supplies at Gill-Roy's Hardware!

Roxanne (l) and Joanna enjoy a hot beverage while going over their notes for the SkillShare.

Lots of canned goodies!

First, we talked about gardening for about an hour.  Everyone received a packet of great information from Flint River Farm. 

 Roxanne drew a diagram of "double-digging" to show us how to prepare our garden without a tiller.

Then, we learned about canning and got to pass around the jars of canned goodies.

The first of TWO group photos! 
From left to right: Joanna, Roxanne, Abbey, Katie, Catherine, Tracy, Ali, Jeanette and Robert

Roxanne and Joanna taught us about the difference between water bath canning and pressure canning.

We took a break for lunch...and Jeanette thoroughly enjoyed her french onion sandwich expertly made by Sarah at The Lunch Studio!

Abbey, Tracy, Jeanette and Ali (l-r) chop cabbage for pickling.
Ali, Jeanette and Roxanne (l-r) pack cabbage into jars to make sauerkraut.

We all took a little field trip into the kitchen at The Lunch Studio for a hands-on demonstration!
From left to right: Catherine, Tracy, Robert, Katie, Jeanette, Joanna and Roxanne

 Yay, we made sauerkraut...and I finally made it into a photo! :)
From left to right: Crystal, Robert, Tracy, Catherine, Katie, Ali, Jeanette, Joanna and Roxanne

We still have two more SkillShare Workshops, but they are already at maximum capacity! 

Our SkillShares have proven to be so popular that we hope to offer some of them again in 2012!

We wish to express our gratitude to the Ruth Mott Foundation for funding our SkillShare Workshops.

Our participants get to take home many of the supplies used to share their new skills with friends and family and continue the tradition of the domestic arts and crafts of our American cultural heritage.


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