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Master Food Preserver

Welcome to the Humboldt & Del Norte Master Food Preserver Program

We teach research-based methods for food preservation & food safety, so come get your preserving on! We are here to teach easy and safe canning, pickling, fermenting, freezing, and dehydrating practices. And, we lead demonstrations and workshops; and participate in farmers markets, community festivals, and other county events.

We offer free 3rd Thursday demonstrations and free Saturday hands-on workshops. See list below for upcoming classes.

We also offer a fee-based Master Food Preserver Certification 50-hour training every February. If interested, please complete our Certification Training Interest Form.

Click here to visit the UC Master Food Preserver website.

UC MFP Certification Training 2020

UC Master Food Preservers (MFP) are dedicated volunteers trained to provide up-to-date research-based food safety and preservation education for the public.


Residents of Humboldt and Del Norte counties who have an interest in contributing to food safety and preservation education may apply to become a MFP; prior experience is helpful but not required. We seek people with a strong volunteer ethic and a desire to make a long-term commitment to the program. Initial training consists of approximately 50 hours of instruction.


Upon completing all sessions and passing a written exam, volunteers will be certified as agents of the University of California to provide education in food safety and preservation.


Registration fee is $175 and includes training materials and supplies. For further information please contact Dorina Espinoza, MFP Advisor, at 707-445-7351 or dmespinoza@ucanr.edu. You may click on this link MFP Train-the-Trainer Application 2020 for the application.

You may also apply online by clicking this link 2020 MFP Online Application

3rd Thursday Demonstrations


The Master Food Preserver volunteers are offering home food preservation demonstrations. The classes are designed to teach participants different methods of food preservation to enjoy the bounty all year long. Food tasting will be possible at many demonstrations!

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Thu Nov 21 - Gifts from the Kitchen

All demonstrations are from 5:30-7:30pm and held at the
Humboldt County Agricultural Center
5630 South Broadway
Eureka, CA 95503

Saturday Workshops

Volunteers canning tuna

Presently we do not have workshop offerings.

We are offering home food preservation workshops that provide hands-on learning of the different methods of food preservation.

All workshops are from 9:00am-12:00pm and held at the
Humboldt County Agricultural Center
5630 South Broadway
Eureka, CA 95503