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Before there were Ball jars there were five Ball brothers

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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If it wasn’t for the Ball fruit jar, Minnetrista wouldn’t exist. That humble jar, so important to food preservation, generated an industry that put Muncie on the map and provided the Ball family with the wherewithal to give back to their community, particularly in the form of Ball Memorial Hospital, Ball State University and, later, Minnetrista...

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The Discovery of Natural Gas Changes the Face of East Central Indiana

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Before the discovery of the Trenton Gas Field in the late 19th century, East Central Indiana was almost exclusively an agricultural area. The Gas Boom became a defining moment in the development of the region. Natural gas had an enormous impact on the history, culture, and life of the region and produced a period of economic growth, marked by a dramatic surge in the number of energy-dependent industries that took advantage of the relatively cheap source of fuel to build new factories in the area. Principal among these industries was the manufacturing of glass...

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Garden Update: Minnetrista in March

Posted by: Cassie Banning on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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March is a busy month.  Apple trees are getting their annual maintenance pruning, branches are being cut for a project on the riverbank, and early spring flowers are blooming!

This is the time of year when the Minnetrista gardeners get out on ladders and cut off all of the flexible, tall upright growth that grew last year on the apple trees. None of this growth will produce fruit and will only shade the branches that will produce apples this coming fall. The Minnetrista gardeners and I try to get this work done every year before the leaves start to grow, and you should too if you have apple trees at home...

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Ashley Introduces Herself and The Food Preservation Blog

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Welcome to my blog! “Who are you?” you may ask? Well, I’m Ashley Lichtenbarger, Minnetrista’s education manager, here to bring canning tips and techniques straight to you. I am also a crafter, canner, walker, and owner of an adorable dog. She’s a Heinz 57—a new breed I came up with just for her! Now, as much as I’d love this blog to be all about my dog, we have other things to talk about…

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Eat What’s in Season. Cook What’s in Season

Posted by: Paige Vandoski, Social Media Intern on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

Want to eat what’s in season? Although summer is winding down, there will still be some produce that will probably be overflowing at your local market! The August in-season picks are:

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