Canning and preserving food sounds, to me, like a step into the past.  Kindred spirits such as Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anne of Green Gables, and the steadfast frontierswomen of our nation’s past are just a few who float through my mind’s eye as I imagine a pantry full of beautifully arranged jars of colorful and delicious homemade food.  The idea of being prepared for a disaster, natural or economic, is a great comfort and motivator that adds fuel to our desire to be more self-sufficient.

Food did, and still does, conjure romantic images of great gatherings of family and friends in which everybody is laughing and smiling as they enjoy life around the table.  Inspired by an intrinsic longing for good food that nourishes the body and soul, we began our journey toward self-sufficiency and natural living.  Nothing is more satisfying than a home-cooked meal that was grown, harvested, and preserved on our homestead.  We know what’s in our food and where it came from.

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