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Master Food Preserver Program

New Program!

UCCE Mariposa is proud to introduce you to our newest program--the UC Master Food Preserver Program, serving Mariposa, Tuolumne, Merced, Madera, and Fresno Counties! We will be offering our first training class beginning in February to June of 2022 and look forward to providing education on safe food preservation thereafter.

2022 Master Food Preserver Training Class

What are Master Food Preservers?

Master Food Preservers are volunteer educators associated with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. We educate local communities about safe and healthy food preservation and preparation methods. Our volunteers work together to offer workshops, demonstrations, youth events, food donation events and more. 

Who can apply?

  • Priority will be given to Mariposa, Tuolumne, Merced, Madera and Fresno 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. 
  • This will be a joint training program with lab classes held in Mariposa County. Students must be willing to drive (approximately once per month) to Mariposa for lab classes. 

How to Apply

  1. Attend one of two online informational meetings 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 informational meeting is mandatory. Please RSVP online to attend either the training meeting or receive a link to the meeting recording at http://ucanr.edu/2022-mfp-training-mtg.. 
    1. Friday, December 10, 2021: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
    2. Friday, January 7, 2022: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
  2. Complete and submit the online application by the end of the day on Sunday, January 23, 2022. Interviews will be scheduled between January 20 and 25.

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 $150 course fee by February 2, 2021.
  • Attend the 9 classes from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on the Friday dates listed. Attend the 7 in-person lab classes. 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. A form and directions will be provided to all successful applicants. 
  • Attend monthly MFP general meetings as often as possible. As this is a new program, the first training class will meet to determine days/times. Due to the large geographical area, meetings will be scheduled 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!

Class Locations

Lecture classes & labs:

Online lecture classes via Zoom: Fridays, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hands-on labs: Fridays from 2:00-6:00 OR Saturdays from 9:00-1:00 (approximately once or twice per month)

In-person hands-on labs 

Hands-on Labs will be held in Mariposa County. Students must be willing to attend either a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning lab approximately once per month. 

Training Fee: $150.00

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