Pass It On

| 3/12/2015 10:15:00 AM

Tags: Children, Family, Canning, Freezing, Dehydrating, Teaching, Knowledge, Parents, Grandparents, Depression, Amy Greene,

Amy GreeneIt's interesting to me, in taking this journey towards self-sufficiency, how many aspects of "going green" or being "organic" I learned growing up with my parents. However, at that point, it was just the way we lived because my parents were born to parents who went through the Great Depression.

I was talking to my mom the other day about wanting to learn how to dehydrate food. She said, "We used to do that when you were little. Don't you remember?" I had to admit I didn't, and she reminded me of the apples, peaches and pears that grew in our yard that we picked by the bushel. She reminded me of the screens my brother made that we put out in the yard and dried the fruit the old-fashioned way – with sunlight.

Immediately the memories came flooding back – trying to put the screens up where the dogs wouldn't get them, covering them up so the birds wouldn't get them, carrying them in and out and out and in day after day. I was surprised I didn't remember that, but it did explain a lot as to why dehydrating food was something I really wanted to do – it's in my DNA!

dried pears | Fotolia/DLeonis

Dried pears. Photo: Fotolia/DLeonis

The same could be said of canning and freezing food. Helping my mom can is something I do remember – I also remember the complaining I did. (Sorry, Mom!) However, once I married a man who loved to garden, and was very good at growing things, I began viewing those long summer days in the kitchen with hot jars and fresh food in a whole new light.  

3/22/2015 9:12:23 AM

Amy, I tried but failed to pass on the skills of gardening to my kids. My was from New Jersey and had no interest in gardening and so the kids followed the buy it at Walmart method. After the kids grew up and left and the wife passed away, I've finally come back to gardening because as you have stated, it's in my DNA. I can preserve the harvest but I prefer to just give it away and help others with their food bills. I do keep some for myself but I just like growing. This year in a most unexpected way I've connected with some one that wants to preserve the harvest and in return give me a few jars for payment. It's the greatest barter ever, don't you think? ***** Have a great planning to preserve the harvest day.

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