2021 New Volunteer Training

Who Can Apply
  • Priority given to Sonoma County residents. 
  • Applicants must be comfortable using a computer and accessing the internet. Class lessons, quizzes and homework are online; class communication is via email.

How to Apply

  • 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 at or viewing of the recorded information meeting is a mandatory prerequisite to apply.
  • Complete and submit the application by the end of day on Sunday, February 7, 2021. Interviews will be during the week of February 8.

What We'll Do

  • Review applications. The main criteria for acceptance is: 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. Seven applicants to the program in Sonoma County will be accepted for the 2021 new volunteer training class.
  • Request that approved applicants complete and pass a Dept. of Justice (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 $200 course fee no later than February 24, 2021.  Partial scholarships are available.
  • Attend the 18 classes from 2-4pm on the Friday dates listed. Hands-on lab classes will be scheduled once in-person activities resume. Only one class may be missed and must be completed outside of normal class time with a mentor.
  • Complete the (DOJ) Live Scan fingerprinting process by April 2, 2021. See the Volunteer Fingerprint Procedure for instructions, downloading the form and completing the process.
  • Attend UC Master Food Preserver Program of Sonoma County (MFP) business meetings (date/time TBD). At this time all meetings are online via Zoom.
  • Complete 50 volunteer hours your first full program year (by June 30, 2023), and 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours each year thereafter.
  • Pass an annual food safety reappointment quiz.
  • Have fun!

Class Locations

Lecture classes & demos: online via Zoom, Friday: 2-4pm

In-person hands-on labs (TBD)

UCCE Sonoma County Office
133 Aviation Blvd., Suite 109, Santa Rosa

Training Fee: $200.00

2021 Classes