Become a Master Food Preserver

Winter 2018 MFP Class


The Master Food Preserver (MFP) program is a public-service community outreach program providing up-to-date information on food safety and food preservation.  A Master Food Preserver is a volunteer who is formally educated in food preservation and food safety and is certified by a university cooperative extension. Volunteers are qualified to teach food preservation and food safety in addition to disseminating that information via lectures, presentations, and other county events.

Our program is only open to residents of Orange County.

New Certification Classes Begin September 2019
The next Master Food Preserver (MFP) certification class in Orange County is scheduled to begin Thursday, September 5, 2019.  Certification in the program requires completion of 10 classes held over a 10 week period, that is, one class per week. This course concentrates on food preservation and food safety with hands-on training, a weekly test, an oral presentation with demonstration and a final written exam.  The classes will be on Thursdays , September 5th through November 7th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the South Coast Research & Extension Center in Irvine.  

The link to the application for the upcoming MFP class will be emailed to each Information Days attendee after each Information Day session. 

You must attend one of these Information Days in order to apply for the class.  No exceptions. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Tuesday, August 6, 2019

All Information Day sessions start promptly at 11:00 am and run to about 1:00 pm at the South Coast Research & Extension Center.  Please arrive on time. 

The address is 7601 Irvine Blvd, Irvine, CA 92618. Due to recent construction on Irvine Blvd, your navigation system may not give you correct directions. Please check our website home page for directions.

Please sign up using the link below so we can plan to welcome you.

Applications need to be received in our office no later than August 11, 2019. Notifications will be made the week of August 12, 2019.

Questions? Contact us.