Learning High Tech & Traditional Food Preservation

Review: Trish Percy gave an excellent overview of several home food preservation methods from canning to freezing. Steve Ivy followed with a high-tech demonstration for preserving foods with nitrogen. Good subjects and good instructors!

Instructors:   Trish Percy and Steve Ivy

Trish Percy is the director of Feed Texas First, a local not-for-profit focused on creating more farmers in north Texas and ensuring our food security. She has held workshops on cultivation and hoop house construction on farms in the DFW area, and is concerned with all stages of our food supply, from production to preservation.

Irving Texas resident Steve Ivy is originally from Midland Texas. He is an avid inventor, an electrical engineer, a natural materials green building and Permaculture enthusiast, and an organic gardener.

When: May 21, 2011

Time: 2 – 4 pm

Fee: Free but donation for handouts appreciated.

Space is limited, please RSVP here.

More Information: Call Terry Jensen at 817 545-0140 or use message section of RSVP form here. Note:. REI has no information about this class which is organized by Cyberparent, LLC thru DFW Ecovillage to help all of us learn homesteading skills.

Where: Second floor Guadalupe Peak classroom of REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy, Dallas, 75244, located between Midway and Welch on the north access road to I-635 between Guitar Center and Haverty’s. Elevator is available for access to the second floor classrooms. REI is providing space for the class but has no information about it. For more information, please call Terry Jensen at 817 545-0140 or use message section of RSVP form here.

Students Bring: Nothing is needed except your desire to learn homesteading skills.


Part 1

Trish Percy presents an overview of traditional, and in many cases, lost skills of food preservation, including the equipment necessary to do this..

    Canning, both by water bath and pressure, including types of foods which need each form of canning.

    Food drying and dehydration.

    Q &A session

Part 2

Steve Ivy demonstrates a non-traditional method of long-term food preservation.

    Sealing and preserving foods by displacing oxygen with nitrogen. This method is used to preserve food for multiple years with or without freezing, depending upon the food being preserved.

    Q &A session

Again, please RSVP here to reserve your place in this class.

Homesteading Skill Events

Sat, Jun 18 – Tour Coppell Farmers’ Market, buy some farm goodies,  and hear John of Comeback Creek Farm on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Meet at the tent in the front of the market at 8:45 am, stopping to buy a breakfast muffin if you like. About 9:15 or so, John will speak to us about CSAs in general, how he became a farmer, and his CSA in particular. We will be at the market about an hour. It opens at 8 am if you want a head start. Coppell Farmers’ Market is located in Old Town Coppell at 455 Bethel Rd by South Coppell Road, easily accessible from 121 (take Bass Pro exit) and from LBJ Fwy (take Beltline exit). An RSVP so we will look for you would be nice here. More information here.

Sat, Jun 18 – Needle Arts Homesteading Skill Class featuring Basic Crochet taught by Rena Hobbs from 10 am until 12 pm in Coppell. Bring an I hook and 100% cotton yarn, worsted weight. You will actually crochet a washcloth. RSVP requested here. More information here. Riverside Church of Christ,150 E Beltline Rd, Coppell, 75019. The church is a large brick building (no steeple) behind a service station,  almost on the northeast corner of Beltline and Denton Tap Roads.  Exit Beltline from LBJ and turn north. Beltline goes north for a few blocks and then turns east. Cross over East Beltline and turn right into parking lot immediately  past service station. We will now be in upstairs room 208. Come in front of building and turn right to access stairs.

Sat, Jun 18 – Get Acquainted and Ask Questions about the Permaculture-based, sustainable, and compassionate  Ecovillage. Lets eat lunch at 12:30 and get acquainted, receive information, ask questions about the ecovillage. The Healthy Me Art Cafe is a local restaurant and cooking school with both a vegetarian/vegan and a regular menu. It is located at 240 N Denton Tap Rd, Coppell 75019. Exit LBJ on Beltline. Go north on Beltline; it will turn into Denton Tap Rd when Beltline curves off to the right. if you need further directions, call the restaurant at 972 745 – 3900. RSVP requested here so we can reserve a suitable table.

Skill Building Classes. We have lost many of the skills that we need to prosper in energy descent. Others skills are new with new technologies that will make what could be a trying time better for us all. Come learn. Come share your skills.

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