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Preserving Canning Wisdom: Diana From Washington

[Editor’s note: This one in a series of essays by winners of our “Preserving Canning Wisdom” giveaway.]

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I am a member of a federally recognized Native American Reservation in Northwest Washington. On the reservation is a residential school for youth. The students get to direct their experiences and have recently asked to have a canning class to make use of all the blackberries that have taken over the woods near the school. Talk about local and community-driven! The students want to use the jam in the wintertime when berries are just a memory in the gray and rain that make up our landscape. I am happy to help make things happen for them and share the process of putting summer in a jar.

CAA Contributor Diana Bob cans in Bellingham, WA.

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  1. Laney Landry says:

    I remember the days when we used to get home canned goodies at grandma’s house. There really is no comparison to what we buy in the stores. I’m curious as to why this is a dying art. Of course I do realize that the fast-paced society of today has changed the way we do things, but to lose the ability would be a crisis. So hopefully, more people will grow a few things or go pick a few berries and have a go at canning. We must keep this art alive. Who knows, the future just might require this ability for survival. Thanks for the info.