Become a Master Food Preserver volunteer in 2019!

Nicole Wells

“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 8 and completing with graduation on June 3.  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 Lane County as part of an active OSU Lane County Extension Service.

Lane County has the most active programs in the state and has been involve since its inception in 1980 says Nellie Oehler, OSU Lane County Extension Faculty and program coordinator.  The Lane County group of dedicated volunteers last year answered over 2335 consumer calls on the statewide hotline of which 65% had food safety implications.  They also presented 42 workshops and classes and reached over 7500  individuals at community events.  Volunteers reported over 6724 hours of service to the community.  If you ask volunteers why they think the program is important, Saving Lives and Eating Healthier are two statements that always pop up says Oehler. 

Cost of the program is $175 plus a minimum volunteer payback of 70 hours in the year following the training or the course can be taken for $375 without the volunteer payback.  Deadline for applications is Friday, March 29. 

Application are available at the Lane County Extension Office, 996 Jefferson Street, Eugene or to print an application online Click Here