By Denise Doyon for The Island Connection
Crockpot cooking classes are back at Next Steps Johns Island but with a new twist. The healthy cooking classes will now journey from the garden to the table and onto the pantry shelf by adding planting and canning sections to the popular crockpot cooking.
Sessions will be on Mondays (and Wednesdays) beginning on Mar. 11 with the planting of window gardens and containers. Participants will receive seeds to continue growing things at home.
Crockpot lessons will be on Mar. 13, 18, 25, 27 and April 1 and 3.
Attendees at all three lessons will receive a crockpot, cooking equipment, and an assortment of spices and recipes to keep cooking at home. Participants must attend all three lessons to receive the freebies.
In July (dependent on harvest time) Next Steps will host a deep water canning session to learn how to preserve foods for use in the winter. The giveaways will include a large canning pot, rack, tongs and the needed jars and lids.
Participants may sign up for one section or all three but only six places remain open on Monday and six on Wednesday, so call early to register at 843.810.1036.
Monday sessions will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Walton hall, St. Johns parish, 3673 Maybank Hwy. Wednesday sessions will be held from 5-7 p.m. at LRP Church, 704 Main Road.
Next Steps Johns Island provides assistance to low-income residents who are committed to making positive, enduring changes in their lives. Through the Next Step Program, a self-help program that promotes change, dignity, and self-reliance, volunteers help them identify their strengths and build on them, one conversation at a time, one prayer at a time, and one step at a time. For more information, or to volunteer, visit NextStepsJI.com.