By Laura K Snell
UCCE Modoc County Director
The University of California Master Food Preserver Program invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply for certification as a UC Master Food Preserver volunteer. This year will be the inaugural Intermountain Master Food Preserver Program covering Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen, Sierra and Plumas Counties. The 2023 new volunteer training program is now open for applications at http://ucanr.edu/2023ucmfp. Prior food preservation experience is not required. Applications are due Dec. 15.
UC Master Food Preserver volunteers learn research-based food preservation techniques and then share that knowledge with their local community at online and in-person public demonstrations and guest speaker presentations, through social media, and at information booths at farmers markets, county events and the California State Fair.
The 2023 UC Master Food Preserver program training classes will be on 10 Fridays from 2 pm – 4 pm on the following dates: Jan 21, Feb 3, 10, 24; Mar 10, 24; Apr 14, 28; May 5, 19. Hands-on lab classes are Saturdays 3-6pm currently scheduled for March 18, April 15 and June 3 in Alturas.
The UC Intermountain Master Food Preserver training program consists of over 40 hours of intensive training and costs $50. This price covers three training manuals, class materials, and all lab expenses. Additional funding is sponsored by UCCE Modoc and Modoc Harvest.
Applications for the 2023 training classes are due by the end of Sunday, December 15, 2022. A background check including fingerprinting is required upon acceptance.
For more information please visit cemodoc.ucanr.edu, Devil’s Garden Research and Education on [email protected] or 530-233-6400.