I came across this article at www.eatlocalchallenge.com about the history of community canning centers, where you could take food from your garden have them can it for you. Someone was telling me that in the not too distant past they had one of these in Greenacres, east of Spokane. Some folks are saying that the nature of our times calls for a renewal of this kind of thing. I'm guessing our current regulatory and liability environment are not very conducive to this but who knows.
By the way, I'm going to go ahead and see if I can stir up some momentum for a September eat local challenge in Spokane. See here for the rundown. I'm looking for organizations and individuals who are interested in being a part of it. Spread the word.