UCCE Master Food Preservers of Sacramento County
University of California
UCCE Master Food Preservers of Sacramento County

2017 UCCE Master Food Preserver Training

Who Can Apply

  • Priority given to Sacramento County residents. If space allows, neighboring county residents may be accepted.
  • Attend one of our training information meetings to learn about the Master Food Preserver Program and our volunteer training.
    • Saturday, October 8 @ 12:30 pm
      Cooperative Extension, 4145 Branch Center Rd, Sacramento
    • Wednesday, October 19 @ 5:00 pm
      Cooperative Extension, 4145 Branch Center Rd, Sacramento
    • Thursday, November 3 @ 6:00 pm
      Fair Oaks Library, 11601 Fair Oaks Blvd, Fair Oaks
    • Saturday, November 12 @ 12:30 pm
      Cooperative Extension, 4145 Branch Center Rd, Sacramento
    • Wednesday, November 30 @ 6:00 pm
      Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento
  • Applicants must be comfortable using a computer and accessing the internet. Quizzes and homework are online/paper; class communication is via email.
  • If you have special needs and/or require assistance, please contact us at sacmfp@ucanr.edu.

How to Apply

What We’ll Do

  • Review applicants. Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-to-one situations, 3) experience/interest in home food preservation.
  • Conduct interviews on Saturday, January 21, 2017.
  • Request a background check, including fingerprinting.
  • Teach you how to preserve food successfully using scientifically researched home processes.
  • Provide you with plenty of volunteer and continuing education opportunities.

What You’ll Do If Accepted

  • Pay the $200 course fee by January 21, 2017. ($50 will be refundable upon completion of the first year's volunteer hours and CE requirements- June, 2018.)
  • Attend the 11 classes. Only one class may be missed and that class’ lesson and lab must be completed with a mentor.
  • Complete the fingerprinting process by February 11, 2017.

After Graduation: Your Annual Participation

  • Attend monthly MFP business meetings.
  • Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours each year thereafter.
  • Take an annual food safety recertification test.

Important Dates


10/8  Training Info Mtg
10/19 Training Info Mtg
11/3 Training Info Mtg
11/12 Training Info Mtg
11/30 Training Info Mtg
12/31 Applications Due
1/21 Orientation/Interviews
1/28 Payment Due
2/11 Fingerprinting Due

Class Location
UCCE Sacramento County
4145 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA 95827-3823

Class Hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Training Fee: $200

Max class size: 20

2017 Training Topics

Jan 28    Food Safety
Feb 11  Preparations
Feb 18 High-Acid Canning
Mar 4 Jams & Jellies
Mar 11 Low-Acid Canning
Mar 18 Pickling/Fermentation
Mar 25 Dehydration
Apr 1 Freezing
Apr 22 Student Demos
May 6 Graduation
Webmaster Email: mmbledsoe@ucanr.edu