After weeks of sitting on the sidelines of the local food system, a big group of us rolled up our sleeves, tied back our hair, and learned first-hand how to preserve food by canning. Our host was The Haven, a safe place for the homeless and poor in Central Virginia to spend the day. The Haven offers a number of essential physical amenities, but also connects people in need with local social services available.
Lena was an amazing teacher, having us don aprons and pick up a knife as soon as we walked into the kitchen. Soon 20 of us were peeling, coring, and chopping apples, preparing apple sauce and apples in syrup, while others sanitized jars, monitored the apples cooking on the stovetop, and manned the food mill. By the end of the day, we had dozens of jars of food and a valuable skill to take home with us.
Jealous? There’s still time to join in the fun! We’ll be going back to The Haven on Nov. 16 and Dec. 7. Leave a comment if you’d like to come.
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