With the first buds of spring it may seem an odd time to talk about canning but if you've always wanted to learn more, now is the perfect time. The National Center for Home Food Preservation is offering a free, self paced homestudy course online.
I've just signed up for it and haven't actually started the course so I can't tell you much more about it yet. I learned about the course from a gardening list I belong to. BTW, when you sign up it asks for your social security number. You can email the person in charge and get an alternate number to use if you don't want to give your social security number out.
With tag sale season just getting under way its also the perfect time to be on the lookout for canning jars.