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Illustrated canned jars of food with the following text: Home Food Preservation Alabama Extension.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System food safety and quality team invites you to attend a two-day food preservation camp this summer! At these camps, regional Extension agents will teach and provide hands-on training on pressure canning, water bath canning, fermentation, steam juicing, jams and jellies, and pickling. Each attendee will prepare products each day and will have several items to carry home to share and enjoy with others. In addition to the valuable information, participants will receive a free copy of “So Easy to Preserve!”


When: June 26-27, July 10-11, and July 24-25

Where: Coosa, Lauderdale, and Shelby Counties


The cost to attend these camps ranges from $10 to $40, depending on the location that you choose to attend. Costs will vary because some camp locations received grant funding to help cover enrollment costs. This fee covers both days and is nontransferable. The fee will also not be reduced if you don’t attend both dates. Spots are limited, so registering early is encouraged to secure a spot. Each camp will be limited to 20 people because of the number of topics being discussed. To register, visit www.aces.edu/go/preservationcamp24.


The home food preservation camps will be in three locations.

June 26-27—Goodwater

  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Location: Hope Meeting Facility, 133 Harris St. Goodwater, AL 35072

July 10-11—Florence

  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Location: Shoals Business Incubator, 610 West College St. Florence, AL 35630

July 24-25—Columbiana

  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Location: First Baptist Church of Columbiana, 208 N Main St, Columbiana, AL 35051


Day One

The food safety and quality team will provide discussions and hands-on demonstrations on food preservation methods. These include pressure canning a vegetable, a demonstration of canned meat, preparing and processing fruit in a juicer, and making jelly.

Day Two

Day two is filled with more discussions and hands-on demonstrations on food preservation methods. These include water-bath canning salsa and processes for pickling and fermenting vegetables (sauerkraut). The day will wrap up with an overview of freezing and drying of fruits and vegetables.

More Information

For more information on these food preservation camps, contact Rebecca Catalena at rjc0026@aces.edu.