April 17, 2015 - 11:01am -- burwinkel.20@osu.edu

Ohio State University Extension Clermont County will be hosting Preserving the Harvest Workshops, June 11, August 13, and September 3, from  10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on the Clermont County Fairgrounds in the 4-H kitchen, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville. This annual program is taught by Margaret Jenkins, Family & Consumer Sciences Educator.

Preserving the Harvest workshops support basic fruit and vegetable gardening techniques for backyard, community or container gardening. Each workshop is designed to inform and inspire all skill levels to grow, prepare, and preserve local foods.  This program is dependent upon local produce production so the specific food preservation techniques will change to reflect the seasonal harvest.

Remember when pressure or water bath canning, fresh high quality produce make better high quality, preserved products!  If you are energetic, enjoy a sustainable lifestyle and work with your hands this is for you! It’s a great way to learn how to safely preserve vegetables, fruits, jams, pickles, and more.

During this workshop you also receive OSU Extension Fact Sheets on gardening topics, have an opportunity to have your pressure canner gauge tested and practice canning techniques, as well as receive the 6th edition of ‘So Easy to Preserve’ ($18 value).  New chapters in the 388-page book include Preserving Food, Canning, Pickled Products, Sweet Spreads and Syrups, Freezing and Drying. Also included in this edition are 10 new products and 2 revised product recommendations.

The cost for this particular workshop is $40 per participant and advanced registration is required since class size is limited. One registration form per participant please.  Make check or money order payable to OSU Extension Clermont. To download a registration form, visit https://clermont.osu.edu . Please feel free to contact Clermont Extension at 513-732-7070, should you have more questions.

Clermont Extension is a non-formal education branch of OSU. The office merges needs of local citizens with OSU’s research through four focus areas: Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development.