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Become a Master Food Preserver

Winter 2019 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.

Would you like to volunteer with the UC Master Food Preservers of Orange County and give back to the community by participating in MFPOC-scheduled events? We are training new volunteers in a combination online/in-person group training this year. Online training will be most Fridays 2-4pm, March 5 - August 13, 2021. Hands-on labs will be scheduled when in-person activities resume. The training cost, including books and lab materials is $225. Additional cost for live-scan fingerprinting. 

Who can Apply: Orange County residents who are comfortable using a computer and accessing the internet. Class lessons, quizzes and homework are online; class commuinication is via email.

How to Apply: Reserve a spot and attend an hour-long online information session where you'll learn about the purpose of the UC Master Food Preserver Program, volunteer involvement and requirements, the training program dates and activities, and the application process. Please RSVP online at http://ucanr.edu/2021-mfp-training-mtg to attend one of these training information meetings or to receive a link to a recorded meeting:

    • Friday, January 22: 12:00 Noon—1:00 pm 
    • Friday, February 5: 12:00 Noon—1:00 pm

Attendance or viewing of the information meeting is a mandatory pre-requisite to apply for training. After the information meeting if you feel this is a volunteer organization that fits with your schedule and priorities, we'd love to have you apply for the 2021 training program. Complete and submit the online application by the end of Sunday, February 7, 2021. Interviews will be held during the week of February 8.