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Food preservation highlighted at Glidden Homestead

DeKalb County Community Gardens member Marc Amante will demonstrate some seed-saving methods at a program at the Glidden Homestead on Sunday.
DeKalb County Community Gardens member Marc Amante will demonstrate some seed-saving methods at a program at the Glidden Homestead on Sunday.

Learn how to capture the bounty of autumn and taste it, too, at the Glidden Homestead in DeKalb.

A program featuring DeKalb County Community Gardens member Marc Amante will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. He will highlight food preservation techniques and demonstrate some seed-saving methods.

A Local Foods Harvest Brunch also will be offered for a suggested donation of $5, in addition to the standard $4 museum admission. As part of the brunch, visitors can sample a variety of local foods including honey by Chris Hubbard, Waterman Winery wine, Common Grounds coffee, and Glidden apple pie and applesauce made from fruit grown on the property.

“This time of the year has always been harvest time. Historically, the lion’s share of this harvest had to be preserved to eat over the winter and would become a great part of your winter nourishment,” Rob Glover, executive director of Glidden Homestead, said in a news release. “Preservation techniques used cutting-edge science for the time and these processes still have a lot to teach us today.”

DeKalb and Glidden Homestead have had a long, historical association with agriculture and produce. Joseph Glidden’s Homestead boasted some 500 acres of land and he was known for the trusted quality seed he sold to area farmers. The Glidden Florist, founded by Mabel Glidden in 1936, is one of the earliest woman-owned businesses in the area. Nearly three decades before that, Annie Glidden broke ground as one of the leading agricultural innovators in the area.

Visitors also can tour the museum and the home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created barbed wire, see a working onsite blacksmith shop, and walk where Glidden walked.

A full season of programs highlighting “Digging In” continues at the Glidden Homestead in 2017. A program listing can be found at www.gliddenhomestead .org/events.html.

The Glidden Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement. Admission is $4 an adult and free for children younger than 14.

For information, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org, email info@gliddenhomestead.org or call 815-756-7904.

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