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East Texas, like many other parts of the country, has had an increased interest in self-sufficiency. The “farm-to-fork” movement has sparked a revival in people wanting to be connected to their food source and to cook wholesome, healthy meals for their families. Folks are interested in learning how to produce food at home, including vegetables, fruit, nuts, berries, eggs, honey, bees and small livestock.  They also need information on cooking and preserving home grown food.

This year, starting in January 2015, the Angelina County Agri Life Extension office will present a series called “Homegrown to Homemade: the Art of Do It Yourself Living”. The seminars will be held the third Monday of each month starting at 6:30 pm. Participants will learn how to grow, prepare and preserve their own food.

January 19         “Vegetable Gardening”

          Dawn Stover, Research Associate with SFA Gardens, will share her wealth of knowledge
          on vegetable gardening. There will be a cooking demonstration featuring local vegetables.

 

February 16       “Goats and Rabbits”

 

March 16            “Growing and Seasoning with Herbs”

 

April 20              “Native Fruits and Jelly Making”

 

May 18              “Pond Management”

 

June 15              “Bees and Honey”

 

July 20               “Food Preservation: Canning, Drying, Freezing”

 

August 17          “Poultry and Egg Production”

 

September 21     “Native Plants”

 

October 19         “Meat Processing”

 

November 16      “Cottage Food Law” (Texas regulations on selling homemade food items).