Volunteer Programs

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Master Food Preservers
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Food Education

 Family Food Educators

The OSU Extension Service in Oregon City offers food preservation training classes every spring. The program is designed to prepare volunteers to deliver food preservation and safety information to residents in Clackamas County--primarily at farmers' markets in Oregon City, Milwaukie, and Lake Oswego.

Formerly called the Master Food Preserver Program, OSU changed the name and format to Family Food Education Program, which now emphasizes general nutrition and food safety as well as food preservation.

Jams and Jellies Volunteers completing the program are expected to “return” 30 hours of volunteer service to the community, sharing their new skills and information with others. Besides staffing farmers' market booths, they also help test pressure canner dial gauges, answer consumer phone calls, teach canning classes, and speak to interested groups.
Visit the University of Georgia website for more food preservation information and recipes. 


Caption: Food preservation trainees learn the differences among commercial pectin products and practice making jams and jellies.


Home Preservation Resources

The Presto Company provides important information on the basic of home pressure canning.

Lost your Presto manual? Check the list of manuals available to download.

Learn the difference between boiling water bath canning and pressure canning from Clemson University in South Carolina.

The proper care and maintenance of your pressure canner is important. Learn more.


***If you would like to get involved in any of our Extension volunteer programs, contact the Extension office at 503-655-8634***




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