OSU Extension Seeks Master Food Preservers – Apply by March 7, 2014

The Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson county offices of the Oregon State University Extension Service are recruiting volunteers to participate in 48 hours of in-depth food safety and preservation training on Wednesdays, April 2 – May 28. The training sessions will be at the OSU/Deschutes County Extension office at the Fairgrounds in Redmond.
Volunteers will receive an extensive resource notebook with the latest and most reliable methods for preserving food at home.  “Hands on” practice in the kitchen will help them learn the skills. The cost of the program is $50.00.
Master Food Preservers help home food preservers avoid serious illness and avert food waste.  Volunteers agree to spend at least 48 hours helping county residents handle and preserve food safely.  Volunteer activities will include conducting workshops, testing pressure canner gauges, and staffing exhibit booths at county fairs or Farmer’s Markets.
The program benefits volunteers, who find it rewarding to learn more about food safety and food preservation, make new friends, get work experience, and gain self-confidence.  By volunteering, they’re able to help others, use their skills in a meaningful way, and receive reliable, up-to-date information, which is based on US Department of Agriculture research.
Persons interested in volunteering for the Master Food Preserver program should contact the county Extension office for an application form and detailed information at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/deschutes/food-preservation , 541-548-6088 or glenda.hyde@oregonstate.edu.  Application deadline is March 7.

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