TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A canning plant run by teachers and students in Tift County is bringing in visitors from all over the Southeast.
This is Jasper Pless' fifth year volunteering at the Tift County canning plant. "I do anything from blanching to pressure cooking and cleaning and helping the whole produce section out," he said.
He started out like many of these Tift County high schoolers, volunteering during the summer. "I knew absolutely nothing about this when I first started. I was guided by my great ag teachers and they showed me what to do and I've been here ever since."
Now he's the one showing other volunteers the ropes. "It's good to work with new people to show them. I want to continue to pass this on down for generations so everyone can know this is how you can your food."
Tift County Agricultural Education teachers run the plant, with the help of the volunteers. "They are our students, they're our FFA members and they're here specifically to assist people with their canning needs. And they also help us with clean up and they work soley on tips," Lynne Cook said.
The plant, which is open to the public has become an educational tool for more than just students.
"I think it's very important, not just for our students, but for the adults who come in to see where the product comes from, how to properly process it so they can keep it for years to come and they can have a healthy product on their table," Cook said.
And they've had folks come all the way from Miami to use the facility. An experience that continues to impact Pless year after year.
"It's helped me a lot. I've met a lot of people, learned a lot of new things that I never knew before. It's helped me a lot to get where I am in my life now."
The plant is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00AM to 1:00PM until July 2nd.
It's also open July 9th and by appointment during the year.
For more information call Tift County High School at 229-387-2475 or the Board of Education office at 229-387-2400.