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Canning for Food Security and Sustainability – Part 1

A while ago, I read a lot about post carbon.



Which led me to read about peak oil, through the lens of our suburban life in the outskirts of Montreal.



Which led me to read about british-born Transition Towns movement, which bears hope in the future, as long as we learn to build community resilience through local economy and the reclaiming of forgotten skills.


In Transition 1.0 from Transition Towns on Vimeo.


Which led me, through their common idea about the importance of reclaiming lost skills to ensure self-sustainability, to Shannon Hayes’ Radical Homemakers.



Which led me to Homegrown.org and to write my very first contribution to this community, about the self-sufficiency skill, home canning.

In the coming days, and even weeks since it’s such a rich subject, I’ll write about canning, hopefully covering as much aspects of it as possible, with as much details and clarity as possible, in a “101” fashion.

Among the ins and outs of home canning, I will try to discuss one of the home canning challenge that we, radical homemakers, are left to overcome and which I’d like to talk about: this challenge is fitting grass-fed or naturally raised meat on a tight budget when our circumstances make it impossible to raise our own. How do we avoid the pitfall of (still) cheap but totally unacceptable from an ethical standpoint, of buying industrial produce and meat without jeopardizing our family’s food diversity and security. I do not pretend I will bring solutions or detail miracle-recipes. All I can do is share my ideas and experiences, my mistakes and naïve beliefs, my successes and compromises.

In few days, if time allows by the end of the week, I will post Part 2 of Canning for Food Security and Sustainability. It’ll be an overview of the different methods of canning.

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Tags: canning, community, food, oil, peak, resilience, sustainability


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Comment by Harriet Fasenfest on June 22, 2011 at 1:17pm
Welcome Zoubida.  Thanks for the great posts.  This is great place to land.  It is the fb of our culture and we are growing by leaps and bounds.  Joined with the very good folks at Farm Aid and the many bloggers and individuals who are showing up on Homegrown, there is definitely a movement a foot.
Comment by Zoubida Ayyadi on June 22, 2011 at 10:12am

This is a great place to act and share and I'm thankfull for it. I'm thankfull for your work and contribution too Cornelia.

I just discovered the edit button on top of the article. I didn't see it yesterday. I'll edit what I see needs to be. But, yes, please, edit my English Cornelia, when you can. And thank you for your kind words.

Comment by Cornelia on June 22, 2011 at 6:15am

Zoubida, my heart swells! I'm so thrilled that you found HOMEGROWN.org on your journey, and that you are inspired to take this on. Please let me know how I can help. Thank you!

Also, I can edit your post - you write beautifully. :)

Comment by Zoubida Ayyadi on June 22, 2011 at 12:47am

At the paragraph before last, almot at the end, please read "jeopardizing our family's food diversity and security". Sorry about that, I missed it while proof reading.

It's also important to mention English is not my mother's tongue and I learned it at school, so please forgive mistakes and approximative grammar. Note that I don't mind being corrected, since it helps me write better.



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