The University of California (UC) Intermountain Master Food Preservers graduated nine students from Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen, and Plumas Counties this past weekend. Students attended weekly online classes starting in January and three hands-on training classes covering food preservation techniques
such as dehydration, freezing, boiling water and pressure canning. In order to graduate, students must score at least a 85% on the final exam and class homework and final project.
The UC Master Food Preserver Program extends UC research-based information about home food safety and preservation to the public. The UC Master Food Preserver Program is a public service and outreach
program under the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) administered locally by participating UC Cooperative Extension county offices. These graduates join 15 Master Food Preservers locally and 447 state-wide to volunteer to teach food preservation techniques
to the public in their communities. Stay tuned for hands-on workshops, information booths at local farmer’s markets and county fairs, and more. Become an Intermountain Master Food Preserver by applying November 2023 for the class of 2024. Find out more information at mfp.ucanr.edu.
In Modoc County, Master Food Preservers are hosting two community pickling workshops this week. They also sponsors awards for preserved foods at the Modoc District Fair and will have a booth with recipes and demonstrations in the agriculture building. We will be accepting donations of pint sized jarsand smaller at the Modoc District Fair for classes next year. Local information can be found at cemodoc.ucanr.edu and on our Facebook page, Devil’s Garden Research and Education. Modoc Master Food Preservers are appreciative of the support of Modoc County Cooperative Extension, Modoc Harvest, Modoc Public Health and the Modoc Board of Supervisors to fund this program.