preZerve, a Baltimore business that teaches home canning workshops is hosting Winter Jamboree: Celebrate a year of preZerve on February 27. In honor of preZerve’s one year anniversary, the event will feature food, drinks, games and special guest Cathy Barrow, author of “Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry.”

Founded in January 2014 and funded by Kickstarter in July, preZerve’s founders, Laura Griffin and Zenobia Taylor-Weiss, have a simple mission: “We don’t simply want to teach a few people how to can: we want to bring back a lost art.”

With the rise in urban farming and home canning in Baltimore and across the country, preZerve is proud to be part of the movement. This past year, they hosted a range of workshops at places like the 29th Street Community Center and Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm, a pick your own berry farm in Fork, Maryland. More recently, together with local organization, #breakingbread, they led an applesauce canning workshop that taught participants the basics of water bath canning and let them take home their own jar of applesauce.

“Learning how to can is not only fun, but affordable.” Says Taylor-Weiss. “For us, it’s about more than just making jams, it’s about cultivating an intimacy with our food, which is not only delicious, but practical, intentional, and sustainable.”

With a full year under their belt, preZerve is looking forward to another year full of events and is happy to celebrate with an event that’s all about good food and a good time.

Winter Jamboree: Celebrating a year of preserve is on Friday, February 27 fro 6:00-9:00pm at Artifact Coffee at 1500 Union Avenue. There will be drinks, games and snacks. Cost is $15 with BNotes or $20 at the door. Tickets and information available about this and other upcoming events at You can also host your own canning party!

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Amy Langrehr

Amy Langrehr is the blogger and Instagrammer behind Charm City Cook. She writes about food, drink, cooking and more in her hometown of Baltimore.

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