Extension Service Seeks Canning Pros



As a release announcing Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service’s current recruitment drive for canning coaches makes clear, unskilled canning is a serious matter.

“Canning done wrong wastes money and time, and can very possibly make you sick or kill you,” it warns.

To help the many South Carolinians who want to safely freeze, dehydrate, pickle or can their gardens’ bounty, the extension service three years ago launched its coaching project. “Coaches may teach an individual or small group canning (class); assist agents during classes and help promote classes at farmer’s markets,” country extension agent Gayle G. Williford explains.

Williford is hoping to find at least 6-10 experienced canners in the Lowcountry willing to attend training and serve as needed. Williford estimates a full complement of mentors could “triple the ability of agents to get reliable, science-based canning information into communities across South Carolina.”

To learn more about the program, call Williford at (843)719-4140 x 116, or email gwillif@clemson.edu.

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