Lyn Deardorff

Preserving NOW is about a journey drawing from the PAST, bringing it into the PRESENT, looking to the FUTURE.  Yours and mine……

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Photo by Kyle Bidlack

It starts, for me, with a desire to continue to develop my creativity, my learning –  and sharing these joys with you.

And so if you think this site is primarily about CANNING and PRESERVING, it is.  Reliving and using my past experiences in over thirty years of stop and start canning… of remembering my earliest days with my Grandma in her basement helping to skim foam off the sauerkraut fermenting in large crocks, of my own early attempts at canning with produce from our first backyard garden……

And it also encompasses my journey over more than fifty years through TEXTILES: knitting, sewing, weaving, creating…of fond remembrances of my strong German father tenderly teaching me knitting when I was about 8 or 9, because he had suffered diphtheria as a young boy and was confined to home for more than a year and so he took up the most basic of “women’s crafts”…to today as I pursue all of these in what is usually a slow and stop-start time frame……

But it is also inclusive of capturing the NOW through methods that are current and safe, that encompass organic practices and resources, sustainability, buying local, simple living, green living, creativity, joy……

And it’s about learning more and sharing more.  Sometimes that means solitary cooking or sewing, or workshops and teaching, and sometimes just purely giving away – for the joy of it – what my hands have created.  And sometimes it’s about talking with you, friends, students, teachers, old timers, newcomers…..And as we continue, sharing the creativity, products, ideas of others on this website.

I hope we continue this journey together…always learning, sharing, creating, and of course…Smiling along the way


Certifications & Experience:  Lyn has been canning and preserving for over 40 years in her home in Atlanta.  For over five years, she has initiated and taught canning & preserving classes across the Atlanta area and Nashville.  Classes & Workshops offered included basic Canning 101 (an “Immersion” class in water-bath canning), various speciality classes such as a Summer Preserving Series in Nashville & Serenbe, and other private and corporate learning & experiential events.

Lyn has completed coursework and been awarded a Certificate of Master Canner from Cornell University Extension Service, based in Ithaca, New York.  She has also completed coursework at the University of Georgia including “Starting a Food Business in Georgia”.   As a requirement for processing and selling low-acids foods (such as pickles and salsas), Lyn has completed the University of Georgia “Better Process  Control School” training and received certification as awarded by UGA and the Georgia State Department of Agriculture.

Next Canning Workshops at Serenbe on October 3 and at Piedmont Park on October 17
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