"To teach research-based practices of safe home food preservation to the residents of California."
- UC Master Food Preserver Mission Statement
Food preservation has been a critical activity throughout the history of civilization, even pre-dating agriculture. The most common means of food preservation have been used since the beginning of history and similar techniques can be found across the globe.
For more than 100 years, UCCE has worked with communities across the state to address economic, agricultural, natural resource, youth development, and nutrition
issues. For more than 30 years, UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteers have shared research-based home food preservation information with the public. The first UCCE Master Preserver Program started in 1982 and programs are now thriving in 16 counties across the state of California.
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Food Preserver Program extends UC research-based information about home food safety and preservation to the public. The UC Master Food Preserver Program is a public
service and outreach program offered by the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources and is administered locally by participating Cooperative Extensions,
such as the San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County offices.
Adapted from UC ANR MFP Statewide Program
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The Master Food Preserver Helpline is available at 805-781-1429. Leave a phone message or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask your preserving questions today!