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Master Food Preserver Program

"To teach research-based practices of safe home food preservation to the residents of California." 

- UC Master Food Preserver Mission Statement

Our program volunteers work in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties


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Food preservation has been a critical activity throughout history.  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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Master Food Preserver Helpline

Do you have canning, preserving or food safety questions? Want more information about becoming a UC Master Food Preserver? Need information about an upcoming class?  Contact us!

The Master Food Preserver Helpline is available at 805-781-1429. Leave a phone message or send an email to slomfp@ucanr.edu.  Ask your preserving questions today! One of the UC Master Food Preservers will respond to your questions within 2-3 business days.

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