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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 2020

The next Master Food Preserver (MFP) certification class in Orange County is scheduled to begin Thursday, September 3, 2020.  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 3, 2020 through November 5, 2020, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the South Coast Research & Extension Center in Irvine.