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Become a Master Food Preserver

UC Master Food Preserver Training Information

Are you passionate about local produce, preserving foods, educating others, and meeting your neighbors? By becoming a UC Master Food Preserver, you will serve as an agent of UC Cooperative Extension office to answer food preservation questions, teach public classes, and participate in other community events. 

2022 UC Master Food Preserver Training Program

Who Can Apply?

  • Priority will be given to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara county residents.  If space allows, neighboring county residents may be accepted.
  • Applicants must be comfortable using a computer and accessing the internet. Class lessons, quizzes and homework are online; class communication is via email.

How to Apply

  1. Attend an online informational meeting to learn more about the volunteer requirements as well as the selection and training process. Each session lasts one hour and will be recorded. Attendance or viewing of the information meeting is a mandatory pre-requisite to apply. Here’s the link to the recording.
  2. Complete and submit the online application by the end of Sunday, January 16, 2022. Interviews will be during the weeks of January 17 and 24.

What We’ll Do

  • Review applicants. Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-on-one situations, 3) experience/interest in home food preservation.
  • Request a DOJ Clearance, including fingerprinting.
  • Teach you how to preserve food successfully using scientifically researched home processes.
  • Teach you how to educate our community about safe home food preservation.
  • Provide you with plenty of fun volunteer and continuing education opportunities.

What You’ll Do If Accepted

  • Pay the $275 course fee by February 2, 2022.
  • Attend these 9 online classes on Fridays, 2:00-4:00:  Feb 4, 18, 25; Mar 11; Apr 1, 22; May 13; June 3, 17
  • Attend 6 Hands-on lab classes to be scheduled once in-person activities resume. Only one class may be missed and must be completed outside of normal class time with a mentor.
  • Complete the Live Scan fingerprinting process by February 18, 2022. See the Live Scan Process Webpage for instructions, downloading the form and completing the process.
  • Attend quarterly MFP business meetings. At this time all meetings are online via Zoom.
  • Attend at least one public class hosted by a UC Master Food Preserver Program; either in person or online.
  • Complete 50 volunteer hours your first full program year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours each year thereafter.
  • Pass an annual food safety reappointment quiz.
  • Have fun!

UC Cooperative Extension is a department within the County of San Luis Obispo. Cooperative Extension is the local link to research, information, and expertise for the University of California. Instead of teaching students in classrooms, Cooperative Extension advisors and staff work directly with people in San Luis Obispo County. Since 1922, when the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors officially established a partnership with Cooperative Extension, we have been part of a nationwide network of educators and scientists who use education to help local people solve problems.