SIKESTON -- As gardens begin producing fruits and vegetables, some growers are planning to learn a new skill: food preservation.
"Our office has had a great deal of phone calls about food preservation and gardening this year," said Phyllis Flanigan, human development specialist and county program director for the Butler County University of Missouri Extension. "I think people are a lot more interested in decreasing their food budget by growing and storing their own produce, and they want to know how."
Flanigan, who has taught classes in the past and deals with a five-county area in southeast Missouri, said she now mostly offers one-on-one counseling to give advice and answer questions people have.
"And almost any other (county Extension) office can answer questions, or get in touch with a specialist," she said.
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