Douglas County Master Food Preserver Volunteer Training Program
Pine Grove Church, Roseburg OR
1729 Buckhorn Road
Roseburg, OR 97470
“Community, Education, Sharing, Family, and Fun” are all words used by Master Food Preservers Volunteers to describe what the program means to them. 2019 starts the 39 year Extension Master Food Preservers have been active in Oregon helping families learn to preserve foods safely.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 eight week training program. The full day classes will be held every Monday starting April 15th and completing with graduation on June 10th. The course provides in-depth research based training in all areas of food preservation including food safety. The classes are taught in a practical, hands-on manner, appropriate for people of different educational backgrounds, learning styles and previous food preservation experience. As part of the program volunteers also develop skills in critical thinking, public speaking and building self-confidence while increasing their expertise in food safety/preservation. Most important, volunteers make an enormous contribution to the health and welfare of people throughout Douglas County as part of an active OSU Douglas County Extension Service.
The Douglas County group of dedicated volunteers last year helped in answering over 2335 consumer calls on the statewide hotline of which 65% had food safety implications. If you ask volunteers why they think the program is important, “Saving Lives and Eating Healthier” are two statements that always pop up.
Cost of the program is $170 plus a minimum volunteer payback of 60 hours in the next 2 years following the training or the course can be taken for $375 without the volunteer payback. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 29.