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Manager: Mary Carpenter 606-364-3436

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"Jammin with the Generals"

Thank you to the Jackson County Sun for Your Support!
Jammin’ With the Generals
Doug Wilson (JCHS Ag Teacher) in collaboration with Jerry Sparks (Jackson County Sun, Senior Reporter)

Family and Consumer Science (FCCLA) and Agriculture (FFA) students from Jackson County High School are learning first-hand about the Farm to Consumer process under the direction of teachers Heather Smith and Doug Wilson. The students recently made strawberry jam and apple sauce in the county’s commercial kitchen as part of a Farm to School Grant for the 2 departments. The kitchen, located in Annville, is available for the public’s use for both personal and commercial products. The students ordered strawberries from Florida, apples from Michigan, pectin from California, jars from Arkansas, and sugar through the District Food Service in order to process their strawberry jam and apple sauce.

Greg Golden, the Kitchen Manager, is a tremendous asset to our community. He gave the students the technical support in the measuring of the pH, brix level (sugar level), and the temperature of processing. All this information was recorded and sent to Frankfort for permanent file. The FCCLA and FFA also applied for and was accepted as a member of the Ky Dept. of Agriculture’s KY PROUD Program. “This was a tremendous opportunity for our students to utilize a beautiful and functional facility here in our county” said Wilson. “Having commercial facilities accessible to our students improves our ability to teach the culinary and marketing skills that our students need in order to be successful on our senior level state exams” explained Smith. JCHS Principal Keith Hays observed the students during the processing and stated “it is hard to believe we have this nice facility in our county and how much of an asset this is for our students to get the opportunity to utilize it as a laboratory exercise”.

Jammin’ with the Generals was the end product of a marketing brain storming and marketing plan developed by the classes at the high school. The students had to be able to establish a marketing plan, calculate the cost of production, determine the profit margins, and develop sales strategies. The label design and layout were also from the guidelines of food labeling laws and from the ideas of the students participating.

The jam is bottled in 9 oz glass jars and sells for $4.00 per jar. The jam is being sold as an end of the year marketing project from the Farm to School. For more information about the purchasing of the strawberry jam or the opportunities through the Family & Consumer Science and Agriculture Departments, contact the high school at 606-287-7155.

These General Jams may be purchased at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office in McKee (606)287-7693 or at the Jackson County Regional Food Center (606)364-3436 for $4 each.