Home food preservation is the link that enables local food to be the foundation of our diet all year long. The ramifications of eating locally are far reaching. They include:
- the support of the local economy,
- the near elimination of transportation and its deleterious side effects,
- the control of production by the demands of the local market and the consequent outcome to grow a broader, and therefore more secure, number of varieties (compared to the certain, eventual crisis that will result from mono culture farming)
- and, not the least, the re introduction of the primacy of human relationship into the equation that brings our food to the table.
Know your farmer that knows their soil. Government agencies charged to oversee the integrity of that process have not and will not have our best interests up front. So join with others who are taking responsibility for what they feed themselves and their families, meet the farmer who grows your food, learn to prepare real, whole, nutritious food, and “put up” enough to take you through the winter. It tastes great, will make you feel better, will save some money and introduce you to a rapidly growing community of “can do” people.