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How to Preserve Food

On August 24, CAPA and the Robert Frost Stone House Museum hosted a webinar on Food Preservation, featuring a panel of experts who shared how they are preserving food this season and answered questions about food preservation and gardening.

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Food Preservation Webinar

It’s the peak of the harvest season, and sometimes we have more fresh food than we can handle! Food preservation includes canning, freezing, and dehydrating foods, so they will be available to eat over the winter, when the garden is buried in the snow.

On this Zoom webinar, our panel of experts shared how they are preserving food this season and answered food preservation and gardening questions.

Bennington College's involvement in this work is supported by a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that supports a three-year collaborative effort with local partners to address the systemic causes of food insecurity in Bennington County.


Shannon Barsotti is the Community Development Director for the Town of Bennington and the co-owner of Longview Farm in Pownal, where she and her family raise lamb and chickens and tend a large vegetable garden.

Aila West is a medicinal herb farmer who grows and wildcrafts Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Western herbs. She is also the co-owner of a small pastured pork farm located in White Creek, NY.

Dane Whitman '16 is the owner of Grey Oak Landscaping & Garden Design, a Bennington based business that promotes edible and ecological land management.

Karen Trubitt and her husband, Steven, operate True Love Farm of Shaftsbury. Each year they grow 3+ acres of vegetables, cut flowers, and berries for three farmers markets, a workplace CSA, a winter CSA, fine restaurants, and florists.