Applications are being accepted for 'Master Food Preserver' volunteer training.

{filler:graphics-local-news-localnews.jpg}Applications are being accepted for "Master Food Preserver" volunteer training.

Master food preservers help Central Oregonians make safe food preservation choices, avoid serious illness and help reduce food waste. The deadline to apply is Feb. 14.

Oregon State University Extension offices are recruiting volunteers to participate in food safety and preservation training on Wednesdays, April 3 through May 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fun, interactive training sessions will be at the OSU Extension/Deschutes County office at the fairgrounds in Redmond. The program fee is $75.

After an interview and acceptance into the program, trainees will receive an extensive resource notebook with the current, most reliable methods for preserving food safely at home. Hands-on practice in the classroom kitchen will help participants reinforce their knowledge and skills.

Master food preserver volunteer trainees agree to spend 48 hours helping local residents learn how to handle and preserve food safely during the food preservation season. Volunteer activities include conducting or assisting with public workshops, testing pressure-canner gauges, and staffing exhibit booths at county fairs.

Persons interested in becoming a master food preserver volunteer should review the program information and application link at

For more information, call 541-548-6088 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Apply by email, mail or in person.

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