Central Sierra
University of California
Central Sierra

2019 UCCE Master Food Preservers of Amador/Calaveras Training

Who Can Apply

  • Priority given to Amador and Calaveras county residents.  If space allows, neighboring county residents may be accepted.
  • Applicants must be comfortable using a computer and accessing the internet. Quizzes and homework are online; class communication is via email.

How to Apply

  • Attend one of our training information meetings to learn about the Master Food Preserver Program and our volunteer training:
    • Friday, January 4, 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200-B Airport Road, Jackson
    • Thursday, January 17, 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Angels Camp Business Association Board Room, 300 S. Main St, Angels Camp
    • Friday, February 1, 3:30 to 4:30 pm at the Calaveras Senior Center, 956 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas
    • Monday, February 4, 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Foothill Fire Protection District, 3255 Helisma Road, Burson
    • RSVP online or by calling 530-621-5528 or email Robin at rkcleveland@ucanr.edu.
  • Complete and submit the online application by February 10, 2019.

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 $135 course fee by March 1, 2019.
  • Attend the 9 classes from 12 noon to 6:30 pm on the dates listed. 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 March 15, 2019. See the Live Scan Process Webpage for instructions, downloading the form and completing the process.
  • Attend monthly MFP business meetings on the first Tuesdays at 1:30 as often as possible. Meetings alternate between Jackson and San Andreas.
  • Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours each year thereafter.
  • Pass an annual food safety reappointment test.

Important Dates

1/4 Training Info Mtg
1/17 Training Info Mtg
2/1 Training Info Mtg
2/4 Training Info Mtg
2/10 Applications Due
2/15 Interviews
3/1 Payment Due
3/1 Class 
3/15 Class  
3/29 Class 
4/12 Class 
4/26 Class 
5/10 Class 
5/24 Class 
6/7 Class 
6/21 Class 

Class Location:
UCCE Amador County Office
12200-B Airport Road, Jackson

Training Fee: $135.00

Class Times: 12 noon - 6:30 pm

Webmaster Email: cecentralsierra@ucdavis.edu