Central Sierra
University of California
Central Sierra

2018 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:
    • Wednesday, November 29, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200B Airport Road, Jackson
    • Saturday, January 6, 10 to 11 am at the Amador County GSA Building, 12200B Airport Road, Jackson
    • Wednesday, January 10, 6:30 - 7:30 pm at the Calaveras County Senior Center, 956 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas
    • Saturday, January 20, 10 to 11 am at the Calaveras County Senior Center, 956 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas
    • RSVP online or by calling 530-621-5528 or email Robin at rkcleveland@ucanr.edu.
  • Complete and submit the online application by January 28, 2018.

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 February 28, 2018.
  • Attend the 10 classes. 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 21, 2018. See the Live Scan Process Webpage for instructions, downloading the form and completing the process.
  • Attend monthly MFP business meetings on the first Mondays 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

11/29 Training Info Mtg
1/6 Training Info Mtg
1/10 Training Info Mtg
1/20 Training Info Mtg
1/28 Applications Due
2/28 Payment Due
2/28 Class (Wed, 5-8)
3/3 Class (Sat, Davis)
3/21 Fingerprinting Due
3/21 Class (Wed, 5-8)
3/31 Class (Sat, 9-4)
4/18 Class (Wed, 5-8)
4/28 Class (Sat, 9-4)
5/16 Class (Wed, 5-8)
5/19 Class (Sat, 9-4)
6/13 Class (Wed, 5-8)
6/16 Class (Sat, 9-4)


Class Locations

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

March 3 class location:
UC Davis

Training Fee: $135.00

Webmaster Email: cecentralsierra@ucdavis.edu