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Spring into gardening and canning By Stephanie Schupska

Beginning gardeners now have a reason to hone their green thumbs. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents in metro Atlanta will hold Garden to Table classes throughout the spring and summer to introduce Georgians to the joys and challenges of growing their own food.

The first class, Spring into Gardening and Canning, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at the North Fulton Service Center in Sandy Springs, Ga.

UGA Extension agriculture and natural resource agents Louise Estabrook, Grantly Ricketts and Bobby Wilson will teach participants how to plan a garden, grow a productive container vegetable garden and make a raised garden bed. Extension family and consumer sciences agent Kisha Faulk will discuss how to safely preserve vegetables and fruit at home, updated home canning methods and tools to get started canning.

“Our goal is to teach people how to get started as we move into the gardening season and then the canning season later in the summer,” Faulk said. “We all know canning to be something our grandmothers did, but it’s something I can do as a young professional to stretch my dollar, provide for my family and enjoy time spent with my friends.”

Registration for the Spring into Gardening and Canning workshop is free. For more information or to register, contact Jan Powers at (404) 613-7670 or e-mail her at janice.powers@fultoncountyga.gov. The North Fulton Service Center is located at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.

The second workshop in the Garden to Table series, which will also cover planting a vegetable garden and safely storing produce, will be held at 6:45 p.m. April 14 at the Cobb Extension Office in Marietta.

The workshop costs $10, and registration fees will be collected at the door. For more information or to register, contact Emily Harper at (770) 528-4070 or e-mail her at emily.harper@cobbcounty.org. The Cobb Extension Office is located at 678 South Cobb Dr., Suite 200 in Marietta.

(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia Public Affairs Office.)

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Canning extra produce can be a great way to stock up on vegetables that may otherwise go bad. Fulton County Extension agent Kisha Faulk also uses canning as a way to save money and get together with friends.

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Canning extra produce can be a great way to stock up on vegetables that may otherwise go bad. Fulton County Extension agent Kisha Faulk also uses canning as a way to save money and get together with friends. Download Image
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Canning extra produce can be a great way to stock up on vegetables and fruits that may otherwise go bad. Fulton County Extension agent Kisha Faulk also uses canning as a way to save money and get together with friends.

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Canning extra produce can be a great way to stock up on vegetables and fruits that may otherwise go bad. Fulton County Extension agent Kisha Faulk also uses canning as a way to save money and get together with friends.

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