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Registration Fee: $35 Maximum Enrollment:  14 students Instructor:  Dianne Patras, Chisago County Master Gardener and University of Minnesota Food Preservationist Volunteer   


Join us for a cross-generational sharing of experiences and expertise in “Putting Up” food — the science and art of preserving food. Add value to your extra produce and make food for winter and for the whole family. WEI’s Amador Hill Farm will provide fresh organic produce, canning jars, basic ingredients, and cookware for these classes.  You will learn a new sustainability skill or some fine tuning on what you know from Dianne Patras.  This class will focus on making pickles and flavored vinegar.  The class will start with a sharing of your favorite family or personal recipe on the project for the class.  If you can bring a story that you to share about this particular food heritage or food interest.  After this sharing of recipes and stories, Dianne will select recipes for the class, cover the basics on food safety, cottage (kitchen) production regulations, and preservation techniques for the specialty of the day.  She will follow this with a demonstration session (hands-on work may be shared) using the recipes that Diane selects for the class.   You will take home copies of the recipes shared in the class, stories from the history of this womanly craft, a jar of value-added food, and guidelines on food preservation and cottage (kitchen) production. What to Bring:

  • a favorite canning recipe with copies for everyone in the class (this could be one you use, a family recipe, one you would like to use, one your mother showed you, etc.)
  • credits for the recipe you brought
  • a story to share with the group about the recipe
  • lunch for after class

A portion of the revenue from this class will be gifted to Williams Park Community Garden in North Branch. About Instructor:

Dianne Patras has been a Chisago County Master Gardener for 16 years and a University of Minnesota food preservation volunteer for 15 years. She grew up on a farm on the Iron range, with her parents and 5 siblings.  Her family always had a large garden and her Mother put up 1,000 quarts of food each year with the help of Dianne.  She has been growing large gardens and preserving food for over 45 years. One of her favorite items to preserve is using wild berries to make jellies.   Fall 2017 Dianne and her husband, David Smith, received  “Community Livability” award from the Minnesota State Horticultural Society for their work on the Williams Park Community Garden in North Branch.