Grow to Can-Gardening & Food Preservation School

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Q:  How can I learn more about gardening and canning my own food?

 A:         Having a vegetable garden and preserving ones own food is a past time that has been coming back around and growing in popularity over the past few years. Many are interested in how to get started in raising their own vegetables and fruit along with learning how to preserve their harvest to enjoy throughout the year.

The Wayne County Cooperative Extension Office is offering a Gardening & Food Preservation School this Spring called “Grow to Can!” The school will be Thursdays, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Wayne County Extension Office (208 W. Chestnut St. Goldsboro). The school will offer hands-on workshops to teach you the basics on how to create your own garden and safely preserve the items you grow.

The school is a series of classes in which you can sign up for one or all of them. Attendees will need to at least sign up for the basic classes (April 7th and/or April 14th). Attendees that register for the entire school (all 6 sessions) will receive a booklet with instructional materials and certificate.

The school schedule is:

  • Basics of Gardening – April 7th
  • Basics of Food Preservation – April 14th
  • Growing Backyard Fruits – April 21st
  • Preserving Fruit Products – April 28th
  • Home Vegetable Garden – May 5th
  • Preserving Vegetable Products – May 12th

Registration Cost:

  • Gardening & Food Preservation School (all 6 sessions including booklet & certificate) = $50
  • Gardening School (3 sessions; April 7th, 21st and May 5th) = $30
  • Food Preservation School (3 sessions; April 14th, 28th, and May 12th) = $30
  • Price for individual class = $10

To register for school contact the Wayne County Extension Office at 919-731-1520 or stop by at 208 W. Chestnut St. Goldsboro to pay. Checks should be made out to “County of Wayne.” School has limited space and one must pay to reserve their spot in the school. The workshops will be presented by Michelle Estrada, Wayne County Family & Consumer Science Agent and Jessica Strickland, Wayne County Horticulture Agent.

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Jessica Strickland is an Agriculture Extension Agent, specializing in horticulture for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Wayne County. Horticulture program information can be found at Forward any questions you would like answered from this week’s column to