2019 Master Food Preserver Training

The UC Master Food Preserver Program is open to individuals looking to increase community knowledge in home food preservation methods. Applicants for the UC Master Food Preserver Program must be willing to share knowledge and skills learned from certification training through local community outreach. Prior food preservation knowledge is not a requirement; willingness to teach others is.

2019 Application Deadline is July 23, 2019 at 5 p.m.

2019 MFP Application PDF

2019 MFP Application

2019 Training Dates

Lectures and Labs will be held on Mondays, both on the same date. Lunch will be included.

Lecture/Lab Dates: Times for training are 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • August 12
  • August 19
  • August 26
  • September 9
  • September 16
  • September 23
  • September 30
  • October 7
  • October 14
  • October 21
  • October 28

Monday July 22 at 9 a.m.

This is a mandatory orientation meeting where we will discuss the goals of the training and program expectations once the training is completed. If you can not attend this meeting, please call or email our office to make other arrangements.

The orientation will be held at:

Robert J. Cabral Ag Center
2101 E. Earhart Ave
Stockton, 95206


Once applications have been submitted, the next step is to attend the Interview Day on July 29, 2019. Interviews will be scheduled at an orientation meeting. The interview is a 15-20 minute interview with three current Master Food Preservers. Upon completion of the interview, applicants will be notified by email of their acceptance. Classes start Monday August 12 at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to joining us!

After the Training

In exchange for education and certification, new UC Master Food Preservers are required to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours in the first year and 25 hours each year subsequently. The first year runs from October 29, 2019 to June 30, 2021 (20 months for first year only, subsequent years are 12 months) UC Master Food Preservers must complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education per year, starting their second year. 

Examples of community outreach from UC Master Food Preservers:  

  • Classes and workshops
  • Hands-on demonstrations 
  • County festivals & local farmers' markets
  • Websites and blogs
  • Print and digital media
  • Helpline Office

Master Food Preserver Training

Master Food Preservers receive an intensive 11 week training program in home food preservation. Instruction provides practical courses in the following topics

  • Food safety
  • Water bath and pressure canning
  • Canning jams & jellies
  • Pickling
  • Dehydrating fruits and vegetables
  • Freezing foods

Classes will meet weekly. There will be multiple hands-on labs to learn the food preservation techniques discussed in the training book and class lecture. There will be weekly reading assignments and quizzes that will need to be completed before class. There is a final examination that will prepare the trainees to begin their first year.

Benefits of Being a Master Food Preserver

  • Give back to your to your community. Every year, Master Food Preservers contribute several thousand hours of volunteer service helping keep our community safe and healthy.
  • Enjoy working together with a great group of food enthusiasts.
  • Gain excellent knowledge about preserving fresh produce