Become a Master Food Preserver!

unnamedInterested in food preservation techniques? Are you looking for a new learning experience and a volunteer activity in 2014? Become a Master Food Preserver through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and learn the art and science of food preservation.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a 10-session Master Food Preserver training program starting June 19 and ending September 25. Lectures, discussions and hands-on kitchen lab education will be conducted 10 Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Gorham Middle School, 106 Weeks Road, Gorham, and at the UMaine Extension Office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

A Master Food Preserver is a UMaine Extension volunteer who has successfully completed the practical, research-based program on food safety and preservation. Volunteers agree to give back 20 hours of time for community-based projects within a year. Projects could include hands-on food preservation workshops, staffing educational displays and demonstrations and providing information at farmers’ markets, county fairs, and other food-related events.

May 2 is the deadline for Maine residents to apply. Fees are on a sliding scale, from $125 to $330, based on household income. For more information or to request an application or disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine). Or, for additional information, contact Kathleen Savoie, Extension Educator, 207.781.6099ksavoie@maine.edu.

Online applications are now available: http://umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/master-food-preservers/.

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