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Today, we celebrate!

Canning Across AmericaPhoto: Flickr/mikeunited

In many ways, it feels like we’ve known each other a lifetime. That’s the power of twitter, facebook, press, and above all else— a canvolution.

Inspired by Yes, We Can, a community home canning project in the Bay Area, founding member Kim O’Donnel asked out loud on Twitter: What if Seattle got in on the canning act? Better still, what if we led the charge and set a date for a city-wide can-a-thon and encourage other cities around the country to follow suit for simultaneous coast-to-coast canning ‘stravaganzas?

Within less than a week, CanningAcrossAmerica.com was born.

Together, over the past year, we’ve shared success and disappointment, resources and recipes, mentoring and festivity around the canning kettle and here on the computer screen. It is the sincere desire to celebrate the bounty of local and seasonal produce that has unified people from all walks of life and level of expertise.

We could not have done this without every one of you. Because of your support and readership, Canning Across America has evolved from “a nationwide, ad hoc collective of cooks, gardeners and food lovers committed to the revival of the lost art of  “putting up” food”, into a true movement.

The collective voice of Canning Across America celebrates our one-year birth today. Pop a can and enjoy with us!

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  1. Erin says:

    Okay, WHERE may I get my hands on some of that fantastic Canning Across America GEAR?! The t-shirt? the APRON!?

    In other news: my first Dilly Beans and first quick refrigerator zucchini pickles were made this week. It’s a great exercise for storing the bounty that I’m receiving from the weekly CSA. I’m going to need smaller jars (jam) and more lids, AND perhaps the time is now ripe for that pressure canner. Hmmm!