Over the last 8 months the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) Extension Office and Toiyabe Indian Health Project Community Wellness Program have collaborated to provide free community education for every community in the Eastern Sierra on the most up-to-date food preservation techniques.

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This joint venture centralizes around the Master Food Preserver Program and the newly educated Master Preservers and coordinates with each community to provide an opportunity for the Masters to not only earn needed volunteer hours but provide free education to anyone who wants to know more about keeping foods for extended periods of time. This effort is a key component of both partners work and helps increase the community conversation around growing and keeping local foods local!

While many people in all of our communities garden and lots of people know the basics of canning, these classes will provided thorough demonstration in methods for safe food handling, creating value-added products and range on topics from pressure canning and dehydrating to freezing and healthy jam recipes!!

The ultimate goal of these classes is to increase the knowledge so that people see gardens and food preservation as a skill set that can help them do everything from keep their families healthier with more fruits and vegetables to inspiring someone to create a start-up food business to sell locally to others!

Remember these classes are free, open to everyone in the public, will have delicious samples at each class and will teach you skills that you can use for the rest of your life!

Below is the complete schedule of events, we hope to see you there!

  • 5/13/2016 12-3 pm —Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Education Center
  • 5/16/2016 12-3 pm — Bridgeport Indian Colony Admin Office
  • 6/15/2016 5-8 pm — Fort Independence Tribe Admin Office
  • 6/18/2016 1-4 pm — Bishop Indian Head Start
  • 6/22/2016 5-8 pm — Big Pine Paiute Wellness Center
  • 7/23/2016 12-3 pm — Camp Antelope Clinic — Coleville
  • 8/17/2016 5-8 pm — Bishop Indian Head Start
  • 8/20/2016 5-8 pm — Big Pine Paiute Wellness Center
  • 9/10/2016 12-3 pm — Bishop Indian Head Start
  • 9/17/2016 12-3 pm — Big Pine Paiute Wellness Center

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