UCCE Humboldt - Del Norte Counties
University of California
UCCE Humboldt - Del Norte Counties

Master Food Preserver and Master Gardener Program

Become a Master Food Preserver!

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2019 UC MFP Certification Training
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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.

2019 MFP Certification Training Online Application

3rd Thursdays: Master Food Preserver 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!

Click to register for:

January 17, 2019 - Marmalade

February 21, 2019 - Lemons

March 21, 2019 - Yogurt

April 18, 2019 - Sauerkraut and Kimchi

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

Master Food Preserver Workshops

Stay tuned as we schedule future Master Food Preserver hands-on learning workshops.

 

Master Food Preserver

MFP volunteers sealing jars of tomatoes.
MFP volunteers sealing jars of tomatoes.

The Master Food Preserver program offers volunteer services and outreach to the general public. Volunteers are trained through the University of California Cooperative Extension to provide up-to-date information on food safety and preservation. 

Click here to visit the Statewide UC Master Food Preserver Program.

MFP volunteers canning local tuna.
MFP volunteers canning local tuna.

The Master Food Preservers are trained, dedicated volunteers who conduct food safety and food preservation community activities throughout Humboldt and Del Norte counties.

Master Food Preservers:

  • Provide safe methods for home food preservation
  • Offer free demonstrations 
  • Distribute educational materials

For more information about the Humboldt/Del Norte Master Food Preserver Program, call (707) 445-7351.

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Useful links

UC Home Preservation and Storage Publications

The National Center for Home Food Preservation

So Easy to Preserve 5th Edition (University of Georgia)

Safe Home Food Preservation Methods (Penn State)

Preserving Meats and Fish (University of Alaska Cooperative Extension)

USDA Guide to Home Canning

 

Master Gardener Program

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"Advice to Grow By...Ask Us!"

The Master Gardener Program offers volunteer services and outreach to the general public. Master Gardener volunteers extend research-based knowledge and information on home horticulture, pest management, and sustainable landscape practices to the residents of Humboldt and Del Norte counties. 

Click here to visit the Statewide UC Master Gardener Program. 

MGP volunteers putting in a garden.
MGP volunteers putting in a garden.


Interested in becoming a part of the UC Master Gardener Program's rich history? While making an impact in your own community, learn about:

  • how to grow your own fruit and vegetables
  • soil quality and health
  • sustainable landscaping & water conservation
  • plant and tree care
  • integrated pest management

Join the Master Gardener Program today!

For more information about the Humboldt/Del Norte Master Gardener Program, please call (707) 445-7351. 

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Useful links

The California Garden Web serves as a portal to organize and extend to the public the University of California's vast collection of research-based information about gardening. 

Visit The California Backyard Orchard to learn about the home orchard and understand that it is, in fact, a living expression of genetics interacting with soils, weather, tree spacing, pests, and many other factors.

Integrated pest management, or IPM, is a process you can use to solve pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment. IPM can be used to manage all kinds of pests anywhere—in urban, agricultural, and wildland or natural areas.

Coastal Rain Gardens Publication 

 

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