The Lucky Larder was established by Traci Stenson Hildner to share her passion for local produce and her obsession with the art and science of food preservation. An avid gardener, it was those first few successful gardening years that led her to seek out various methods for extending the life of her harvest and reducing food waste. In addition to her own extensive research and regular kitchen experiments, Traci has completed Acidified Foods & Better Process Control training with the Oregon Process Authority and is a Master Food Preserver and Family Food Educator for the Oregon State Extension Service. Combining her education and experience in fruit and vegetable preservation with her masters degree in teaching, Traci loves sharing her knowledge and food passions with others.


Although we do not (yet!) have a brick and mortar location to call our own, the Lucky Larder can be found teaching classes, conducting demonstrations, answering questions and offering information and support regarding fruit and vegetable preservation all over the greater Portland Metro area. A few of our favorites have been: