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What does a Master Food Preserver Do?

Our program volunteers serve San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties


Food preservation has been a critical activity throughout history.  For more than 100 years, the University of California Cooperative Extension (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 throughout California, including here in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County.

The UCCE Master Food Preserver Program extends 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