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CEOS member and Hancock County Outreach Family and Community Development Program Assistant Sue Isner prepares to teach some of the equipment needed to preserve the bounty of the garden. (photo sent)

The Hancock County Community Outreach Service held its final food preservation course, Freezing and Dehydrating, on September 1. Part of the ongoing series “From Garden to Pantry – Preserving What You Grow,” The course was presented by CEOS with support from WVU Extension, Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network, Try This WV, and Hancock County 4-H Foundation. All products used in the courses were purchased from the RnR family farm in New Cumberland.

The series originated as CEOS sought meaningful ways to fulfill its mission of strengthening individuals and families through lifelong learning, community service, and leadership development.

CEOS President Becky Wiegers said: “We’ve seen a resurgence of interest in gardening as more and more people worry about the quality of their food, where it comes from and what it’s used for. contains, as well as its availability. The Covid-19 pandemic has made it very clear that we may not always find what we need on the grocery store shelves.

“I see a natural progression from growing our own food to preserving what we grow to ensure an ample supply of good, healthy food beyond the growing season. It should also be noted that although our courses focus on preserving fruits and vegetables, meat can also be preserved and we touch on that as well.

CEOS plans to present these workshops again next year and those interested in participating are encouraged to call the WVU Hancock County Extension Office at 304-564-3805, for more information. Because the courses are “hands on” the number of places for each course is limited and can fill up quickly.

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