photo of Ann, a farm girl in the making.

A Bit About Me

Hi, I am Ann! A one-time suburban housewife turned sustainable homesteader. I am a wife, a mother of 7 - consisting of mine, yours, and ours - and a grandmother to three. My family and I homestead on a 2 acre single family mountainside property on the coastal side of Washington state. We love the beautiful evergreen state we reside in, however, we know it's not our forever, and are in the midsts of finding our forever homestead.

I am the face behind the brand, A Farm Girl in the Making, the voice behind the podcast, a Simple Homesteading Life, and the author of The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest. Through my social media accounts I share our strong desire to live a simple, traditional life and how we have managed to successfully own our food source, all while mentoring and encouraging others to do the same.

I have committed to encouraging others to achieve the same dream. The desire to seek food freedom begins with growing a sustainable garden, raising our meat, and finally, by preserving the harvest.

Welcome! And thank you for allowing me to teach you everything you will need to know about preserving food through canning.

The Farm Girl's Guide to

Preserving the Harvest

The Sustainable Canning Course is an extension of my book, The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest. I wrote this book to help guide those who seek to own their food source the opportunity to do so. It is a comprehensive, easy to understand book covering all methods of home food preservation, canning, drying, fermenting, curing, freezing, and storing fresh foods.

The Farm Girl's Guide to Preserving the Harvest has achieved many #1 Best Selling spots on Amazon - Best New Release, #1 Best Selling book in Dehydrating, Gardening, and #1 Best Seller in the Canning and Preserving. The book is a great guide for many, however, some individuals need more. For this reason the Sustainable Canning Course has been created.

With this course you will receive videos, printable PowerPoint presentations, charts, and workbooks. In addition to the methods mentioned, you will become empowered and gain the confidence to preserve foods as a sustainable homesteader would.

High Acidic Foods

Learn how easy it is to can jams, jellies, marmalade, salsa, fruit butters, juice concentrate, pickled items as well as some tomato goods with the use of a hot water bath or steam canner.

Low Acidic Foods

With the use of a pressure canner foods such as meat, fish, stew, soup, tomato products, and bone broth can easily be made shelf-stable. Learn why this preserving tool is worth its weight in gold.

Juices and Broth

The ability to preserve juice concentrate and nutrient dense bone broth is a blessing to many. The process is not difficult, and the outcome is incredibly healthier than what is purchased from the market.

Gain the confidence needed to confidently preserve the garden's harvest. Enroll now and receive this course as well as FREE copies of the Sustainable Garden Workbook and the Pantry Organization Workbook.

The Sustainable Canning Course is a self-paced course which allows you the opportunity to repeat modular if needed.

Put Aside the Fears

The homesteading movement, or clean food movement, needs more people behind it. People who will manage a sustainable garden, raise livestock for meat, and preserve the year’s harvest - keeping them from being reliant on all supermarkets. What sets us apart from big-box grocery stores? We truly, and undoubtedly, experience seed to pantry. As a home food preserver we know every ingredient going into our canned goods, which is necessary for those with a restricted diet.  

I began studying methods for preserving foods the moment I began homesteading. As a Master Food Preserver, and author of a preserving book, I questioned everything I was taught. Not because I didn't trust the information, but because there were many loopholes I found in the teachings. In addition to this, many credible resources did not teach how to preserve foods during unforeseen circumstances, a necessary skill to own. 

My goal is to teach you how to think sustainably. Scientific and traditional preserving methods have a place in home food preservation, as long as you know how to confidently make the decisions on your chosen methods. Allow me to teach you how to think freely, safely, and with confidence.

  • Understand why pressure canning is necessary to preserve foods.
  • Confidently alter or create recipes to be canned.
  • Preserve many tomato products utilizing scientific information with traditional tools.
  • How modern canning tools, such as the steam canner and steam juicer, revolutionized preserving methods.
  • Understanding how to decipher information shared by the National Center of Home Food Preservation.
  • Discover how easy it is to can meat, fish, soups, and stews.

These topics and many more are available within The Sustainable Canning Course. Reserve your spot now, and begin gleaning the necessary information needed to preserve foods as a modern sustainable homesteader does. 

A Peek at the Sustainable Canning Course Curriculum

Below you will find the Sustainable Canning Course curriculum. Please keep in mind, this course curriculum is subject to change based on the potential addition of information.

Modular One

Welcome to the Sustainable Living Canning Course. In this Modular you will find printable PDFs, including a FREE copy of the Sustainable Garden Workbook.

Modular Two

This modular provides you imperative information needed to learn both, scientific and traditional methods for preserving food.

Modular Three
Modular Three and Four

Modular three teaches you everything you need to know about mason jars, lids, and rings. In modular four you will gain the confidence needed to can high acidic foods.

Modular Five
Modular Five

This modern appliance has revolutionized how quick and convenient juice can be made. Learn how to can juice concentrate or utilize the juice to make jelly.

Modular Six

Modular six will soothe your anxiety and eliminate your fear of the pressure canner. Learn everything you need to know about canning low acidic foods.

Modular Seven

Tomatoes are a fruit which require a modular of its own. Understand how to preserve this low acidic fruit with the use of a hot water bath or pressure canner.

Modular Eight, Nine, and Ten

Regardless of how prepared you are to begin canning, questions will arise. All questions and concerns can be submitted in Modular Eight.