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Want to become a Master Food Preserver?

By From page B6 | December 14, 2016

Laura Crowley
Master Food Preserver of El Dorado County

The University of California Cooperative Extension invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply to train to become a certified UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteer.

Master Food Preserver volunteers learn university-based, scientific information and then share that knowledge with the community in El Dorado County through free public classes, newsletters, Farm Day, farmers markets, Kids’ Expo, the El Dorado County Fair and other educational events.

There will be a program overview meeting for anyone interested in becoming a Master Food Preserver on Jan. 5 at the Bethell–Delfino Agriculture Building, 311 Fair Lane in Placerville. Master Food Preservers will discuss in depth what you will be doing as a certified Master Food Preserver, what the classes consist of and what your volunteer responsibilities may entail. Class size is limited to 12 students, so if you are interested, this is a meeting you should attend.

Training classes for accepted volunteers begin Feb. 2 and meet two to three times per month through June, followed by a six-month internship. Classes will be on Thursdays and Saturdays and consist of both lectures and hands-on labs.

The training fee is $125 and payment is due by Jan. 31. Once training is completed the new volunteers will be certified Master Food Preservers and agents of the UCCE.

The mission is to teach local communities how to safely preserve food at home. As agents of the UCCE, Master Food Preservers of El Dorado County are required to volunteer at least 50 hours during the first year and 25 hours each subsequent year in the community. Highest priority for applicants is given to residents of El Dorado County. Residents from neighboring counties who are willing to volunteer in El Dorado County may also apply.

Complete the online application at ucanr.edu/be_edmfp. Applications are due Jan. 8. Interviews are on Jan. 11 and 13. Criteria for acceptance is prior community service; experience teaching, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-on-one situations; and experience with home preservation.

For more information contact Robin Cleveland at (530) 621-5528 or [email protected]

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