Food Preservation Workshop

VINS is offering a workshop on preserving food for the winter:

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is presenting the fourth workshop in its Creating Sustainable Homes and Communities series.  Offered in partnership with Harmony Farm, the series focuses on sustainable living as a community, family and individual.  Those interested in saving money, supporting a local economy and being green when making purchase decisions are invited to join VINS and explore the key components of a thriving local economy as well as the resources within local communities that enable individuals to make environmentally-conscious and affordable choices as consumers.  Participants will discover ways to be more sustainable and eco-conscious on a daily basis while strengthening the economic, social and environmental health of the local community.

Workshop number four, Preserving the Harvest: Keeping Our Food Dollars in Our Local Communities, will be held on Sunday, October 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the VINS Nature Center.  During this session, students will investigate easy methods of turning bounty from home gardens and local farmers’ markets into food that can be enjoyed throughout the winter.
Using local produce, Preserving the Harvest will explore a variety of preservation methods including using a steam juicer to make apple juice.  Participants will get hands-on experience making chutney and canning tomatoes and will return home with delicious samples of the day’s work.

Registration for this session is required by September 28 by calling 802-359-5000 ext. 223.  Preserving the Harvest is $24 for VINS members and $30 for the general public.  Participants should bring a cutting board, knife, apron and two to three pint-sized containers to the session.

For more information about this or other workshops and programs at VINS, please visit or call 802-359-5000.

Co-op Class: Seed Starting for Beginners

The Co-op is offering the following class:

In this class, we’ll discuss the principles and practices of starting your own seeds at home. Norman will include information on seeding dates, as well as tips specific to different plants species.

The Details

When: Monday, March 15, 2010
Time: 6 p.m.—8 p.m.
Where: Hanover Co-op Food Store
Price: $20 Member, $25 Non-Member

About the Instructor

Norman Porter, who grew up on a dairy farm in Lebanon, NH, was introduced to gardening at a young age and has a lifetime of experience gardening in the Upper Valley area. Upon graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Plant Science, Norman returned to the Porter Farm to establish his own business, Porter’s Greenhouse. For the next twenty years, Norman and his wife, Cheryl, provided the Upper Valley with spring bedding plants, farm-grown dried flowers, and a lot of free advice.


To register for any of our classes or to receive more information, call 603-643-2667 and our Information Desk staff will be happy to help you. See you in class!