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