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

2023 UCCE Master Food Preserver Training

Who Can Apply

  • Priority given to Sacramento county residents. If space allows, neighboring county residents may be accepted.
  • Applicants must be comfortable using a computer and accessing the internet. Class lessons, quizzes and homework are online using Google Classroom; class communication is via email.

How to Apply

  1. 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 or viewing of the information meeting is a mandatory pre-requisite to apply. Please RSVP online to attend one of the training information meetings shown below, or to receive a link to the meeting recording.
  2. Complete and submit the online application by the end of Sunday, December 4, 2022. Interviews will be during the weeks of December 5 and 12.

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-on-one situations, 3) experience/interest in home food preservation.
  • Request a 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 $250.00 course fee by January 4, 2023.
  • Attend the 10 classes from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on the Friday dates listed, as well as the in-person labs. Only one class may be missed and must be completed outside of normal class time with a mentor.
  • Complete the Live Scan fingerprinting process by February 24, 2023. See the Live Scan Process Webpage for instructions, downloading the form and completing the process.
  • Attend monthly program business meetings on the first Tuesdays at 1:30 as often as possible. In-person meetings alternate between Jackson and San Andreas. At this time meetings alternate between in-person and online via Zoom.
  • Attend at least one public class hosted by a UC Master Food Preserver Program; either in person or online, by April 7, 2023, as part of your training program.
  • Complete 50 volunteer hours your first full program year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours each year thereafter.
  • Pass an annual food safety reappointment quiz.
  • Have fun!


Preserve today,
relish tomorrow!

Important Dates

10/21 Training info meeting
11/18 Training info meeting
12/4 Applications due
12/5 Interviews begin this week
1/4 Payment due
1/26 Pre-class: Zoom prep (optional)
1/27 Class 1: Orientation
2/3 Class 2: Food Safety
2/10 Class 3: Cold Storage
2/11 Lab 1: Cold Storage
2/24 Fingerprint forms due
2/24 Class 4: High Acid Canning
2/25 Lab 2: High Acid Canning
3/10 Class5: Pickling, Fermenting
3/11 Lab 3: Pickling, Fermenting
3/24 Class 6: Fruit Spreads
3/25 Lab 4: Fruit Spreads 
4/14 Class 7: Low Acid Canning
4/15 Lab 5: Low Acid Canning
4/28 Class 8: Drying
4/29 Lab 6: Drying
5/5 Class 9: Emergency Prep
5/6 Lab/Student presentations
5/6 Class 10: Being a MFP
6/3 Lab/Class completion and celebration

Class Location

Lecture classes and demos:
Online via Zoom.

In-person hands-on labs:
4145 Branch Center Road
Sacramento, CA 95827

Training Fee: $250

Class Hours
Online: Fridays: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Hands on:  10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Webmaster Email: sacmfp@ucanr.edu