Friday, May 10, 2013

Greene County Extension Announces “Food Preservation Camp” for June 15 at Botanical Center in Springfield

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
Tel: (417) 881-8909

Greene County Extension announced plans this week to host a “Food Preservation Camp” from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center in Springfield.

University of Missouri Extension nutrition specialists will be instructors for the classes and will use research-based curriculum to teach the most up-to-date methods of food preservation.

Participants that enroll for the camp (at $85 per person) will spend the entire day in sessions learning about pressure canning, dehydrating food, making salsa, pickling and jams and jellies.

Registration can be done online at .
Participants will learn to pressure can vegetables during the first session of the camp. During the “pack a pickled product” portion attendees will learn to quick pack dilled green beans and learn water bath canning basics including how to pickle other products. As part of “Salsa Made Easy,” participants will learn water bath canning basics used with tomato and fruit based salsas. During the “Jams and Jellies” segment instructors will cover both cooked and freezer jams, as well as water bath canning basics. The “Freezing and Dehydration” segment will address freezing for best quality and the basics of dehydration.

A boxed lunch will also be provided to participants.

“The full-day camp is a new way to present this information that is more convenient for participants. In the past this series has been spread out over five different ways,” said David Burton, county program director for Greene County Extension. “We are also offering a nice discount over taking these classes individually for $20 each.”

Advance registration is required in order to have the necessary supplies for the hands-on class. The class size is limited to 20 participants.

Registration materials are available on the Greene County Extension website: Printable enrollment forms are posted for download and payment with a check or an online credit card enrollment option is also available.

Space for this MU Extension program in Greene County is provided by the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a suggestion: Include the specific link for registering and paying for the event.

1:52 PM, May 28, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Registration link can be found here:

2:40 PM, May 28, 2013  
Blogger David L. Burton said...

Thank you for your comments regarding the class. This is a hands-on class which is why we have two instructors coming. Because of supplies, our costs are about $70 per person for this class. In Greene County, we have had a cut of 90% in what the County Commission contributes to our office operations which means we must cover our costs. You do have some tax dollars involved but in Greene County, that is .03 cents per person. Certainly not enough to provide free classes.

8:12 AM, May 29, 2013  

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