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Support food preservation and reuse!


Canning Jar Donation Drive

  • Monday, April 1, 2024, 9:00 AM - Tuesday, April 30@ 3:00 PM


Extension Learning Farm, 2043B State Highway 68, Canton, NY


Month of April, 2024
Hours of Donation: Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm


For generations, people have “put up” their own food, while others are eager to build those skills and extend their seasonal eating. You are invited to support this long-standing tradition by joining the Master Food Preserver Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension (Extension) in this year's Canning Jar Drive. The Master Food Preserver Volunteers of Extension are collecting new and used canning jars to be redistributed free of charge to home food preservers during Extension's Grow and Preserve Open House on May 11. Jars will also be used in food preservation classes held throughout St. Lawrence County.

How to Get Involved

You can play an active role in reviving local food canning by donating canning jars to Extension’s Learning Farm throughout the month of April. Between April 1-30, drop off donations Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm in the wooden shed on the right side of the driveway at the Extension Learning Farm at 2043B State Highway 68 in Canton. You can also order jars online to be delivered directly to the Extension Learning Farm.

Any jar size or brand is acceptable as long as they are intended for canning (such as Ball, Kerr, Bernardin, etc.). Pints are the most popular! Metal bands in good condition are also accepted, along with new (unopened) lids.

Benefits of participating

     1. Every donor will receive a thank you gift, which is a pack of greeting cards featuring northern NY   agriculture created as part of the Extension’s Farm-to-Table Initiative.

2.  Enter raffle for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the St. Lawrence County farm or food business of your choice. All the raffle entries from the April drive will be combined and the winner will be drawn at the Grow and Preserve Open House on May 11th. Participants do not need to be present to win.

Not accepted for donation

  • Jars with nicks, cracks, or obvious damage
  • Jars that have been painted
  • Jars that have been used to hold chemicals or cleaning supplies
  • Jars with food in them
  • Bail top or hinge top jars
  • Store bought item jars, such as pickles, mayonnaise, jellies
  • Plastic jars or jars not meant for canning
  • Used lids
  • Rusty or bent bands

About the Master Food Preserver Volunteers

The Canning Jar Drive is led by the Master Food Preserver Volunteers of Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County and the local foods team at Extension. This volunteer group receives intensive training from Extension on various preservation methods and then shares this information with the community by workshops and one-on-one support about freezing, dehydrating, water bath canning, pressure canning, fermentation, and more.

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Maria 'Flip' Filippi
Local Foods Program Leader & Harvest Kitchen Manager
315-379-9192 ext 229


Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County
2043B State Highway 68
Canton, NY 13617

Last updated March 29, 2024