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Tama County Women, Land & Legacy to host upcoming event at Traer Public Library

Event Date
December 5, 2023
Time
6:30 p.m.
Location
Traer Public Library’s Kupka Cultural Center, 531 Second Street , Traer, IA
Topics
Beginning Farmers Max Morningstar and Maria Zordan run MX Morningstar Farm, a vegetable farm with retail store in Hudson, New York. Here, workers prune and set up trellis lines for the tomatoes.(USDA/FPAC photo by Preston Keres)

Upcoming event, “Food Preservation: The 4-Corners Pantry.”

4
Dec
Deadline

Registration

An RSVP is preferred by December 4 by phoning 641-484-2702, ext. 3 or by emailing melody.bro@ia.nacdnet.net.

Join Tama County Women, Land & Legacy (WLL) for its upcoming event, “Food Preservation: The 4-Corners Pantry.” The event will be held on Tuesday, December 5 at Traer Public Library’s Kupka Cultural Center, 531 Second Street in Traer. Registration and dessert will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 7:00.

This event is free and open to the general public, both women and men. An RSVP is preferred by December 4 by phoning 641-484-2702, ext. 3 or by emailing melody.bro@ia.nacdnet.net.

The evening features Laurie Schafer and Sharon Kern, both food preservers with many years of experience.

Laurie grew up with a large family garden to help tend. Her parents used only their freezer for food preservation. Laurie had a small backyard garden of her own after marrying her husband, Chris. She taught herself pressure canning and dehydrating food. The Schafers now live in rural Traer with a larger garden. Laurie has fun learning new food preservation techniques and emphasizes she has also learned from mistakes along the way.

Sharon grew up watching her mother and grandmothers preserving home-raised chicken and garden bounty, helping with the process as she became old enough. After marrying, Sharon started growing her own food. She began with freezing and canning but has also learned dehydrating and vacuum packing. As with Laurie, Sharon shares that even with 30 years of food preservation experience, there is always something new to try and learn about food preservation.

Tama County Women, Land & Legacy began in 2007, part of a statewide USDA outreach project. This is the local group’s 47th event. Over 400 individuals from in and around Tama County have attended at least one event of the group’s events. Women, Land & Legacy is currently active in 42 Iowa counties and brings together Iowans interested in agriculture, local food and natural resources to converse, listen and become empowered for involvement on their landscape and in their communities.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this event should contact Stacie Buhr, 641-484-2702, ext. 3, at least 48 hours prior to the event or dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunication relay services. USDA is an equal opportunity employer, provider, and lender. USDA and Extension programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex or disability.