Library of Congress, Farm Security Collection

A frugal Yankee at heart, I first learned to can as a child; hanging out in my Nana’s kitchen while she and her sisters gossiped and put up jars and jars of pickles.

Later, I’d sneak into the basement to view numerous colorful jars of carrots, green beans, tomatoes and other garden bounty. It was a lesson learned quite young – growing and preserving it yourself saves money, and tastes like Nana’s love!

Before I knew it I was a wife and mother with a kitchen of my own. A slim wallet and a child who couldn’t tolerate food additives set me firmly on the food self-reliance path more than 30 years ago.

Since then I’ve been planting, foraging, and preserving, and turning my little ¼ acre house lot into a family food Eden.

My passion for food preservation, and the science behind it, eventually led me to an exciting and multifaceted career as:

  • Published Author of several cookbooks
  • Home Economist/Family and Consumer Scientist
  • Master Food Preserver/Food Safety Advisor
  • Nutrition Heath Educator
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