Your garden is growing successfully. You have an over abundance of food. You are being swamped with all the produce that your garden is producing. How do you manage the excess? Do you have 10 bushels of homegrown tomatoes that you will not be able to use? Would you community be interested in starting a local canning group?
In an article published by American Profile, since 1942 people have been bringing their produce into Keezletown Community Cannery in Keezletown, Virginia. People bring beans, beets, peaches, pears, cucumbers and even chickens to the canning kitchen. As a team, these people work to peel, chop and mince among friends and fellow gardeners.
Community canning kitchens started in the 1940's during the time Americans were doing Victory gardens in the food-rationing days of World War II. Today there is a resurgence of community canneries. Why? People want to know where their food is coming from and know what is in the food according to Elizabeth Andress, Director of U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Center for Home Food Preservation at the University of Georgia in Athens.
Canning is one option in your community. There are other options if your local church or food bank is not interested in fresh or preserved surplus harvest. Read on for a list of options:
Food banks are located all over the country. Here are some of the ways to locate a food pantry to deliver your fresh food.
Feeding America is a website dedicated to listing food banks in each state. Click on the state and there is a comprehensive listing of information about the food bank.
Ample Harvest is an on-line organization which lists food pantries in different states across the country.
Google is helping to fund this website. www.AmpleHarvest.org
Hunger Free Colorado Campaign to end childhood hunger in Colorado. Call the hotline and they can assist with locating food pantries to food stamps.
Hotline Number: (855)855-4626
Sharing food gives others food abundance and gives life. This feeds the soul and preserves the gardener.