Thank you for your interest in becoming a UCCE Master Food Preserver. The 2015 Fall Training Program for Amador and Calaveras Counties is open for applications.
Let me briefly explain who Master Food Preservers are and what they do. A Master Food Preserver volunteer is a non-paid staff member of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) who educates our community about safe home food preservation. This education is done at free public classes, through newspaper and newsletter articles, and at our information booth at farmers markets and county fairs.
Once certified, a UCCE Master Food Preserver must complete 50 hours of volunteer service during their first program year. After completing the first year of service, volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 25 service hours and 12 continuing education hours annually.
You are invited to an informational orientation meeting to learn the requirements for volunteering as a Master Food Preserver and hear details about the selection and training process. Please attend one of the two meetings scheduled for Friday, July 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas, and on Tuesday, August 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the UCCE office in Jackson. Master Food Preserver applicants are open to anyone in Amador, Calaveras or Tuolumne counties. A background check including fingerprinting is required. Applications are due by the end of Sunday, August 9, 2015.
The 2015 Master Food Preserver training classes will be on Fridays from 3:30–7:30 pm in Jackson (August 28, September 11 & 25, October 9, 23, 30) and Saturdays, from 9:00-3:00 (September 12, 26, and October 24) in Valley Springs. The Master Food Preserver training program consists of over 40 hours of intensive training. The cost for the training program is $135. This price covers class materials, site rental costs, and lab expenses.
For more information about becoming a Master Food Preserver, visit our website at http://ucanr.edu/be_mfp.
Being a Master Food Preserver is a wonderful opportunity to share your food preservation knowledge and passion with your community. I hope you can join us for an Orientation Meeting on July 17 or August 4. Please rsvp to Robin Cleveland at (530) 621-5528, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at http://ucanr.edu/mfp_rsvp.
UCCE Master Food Preserver Program Representative
Amador, Calaveras and El Dorado Counties