From UC Cooperative Extension:
Home food preservation simmered on a back burner of the stove for many years, but is now enjoying resurgence in Humboldt County as a result of increased interest in eating healthy, growing and eating local foods, and the revival of a do-it-yourself food movement. When we grow some of our own food, we frequently harvest more than we can use during its growing period. If we know how to preserve it by canning, freezing, drying or pickling, we can enjoy our harvest for months in the future.
Master Food Preservers are trained, dedicated volunteers who help educate the community about food safety and home food preservation using up-to-date, scientifically sound methods. If you enjoy preserving food, you may be interested in completing the Master Food Preserver Program through our local University of California Cooperative Extension Office. An informational meeting for applicants will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23. Classes will begin Saturday February 6, and will be completed on March 7. It will meet at the Northcoast Co-op Community Kitchen in Eureka on Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Mondays, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Fee for the training is $150, and includes a training manual. Applications are available at http://cehumboldt.ucdavis.edu.
This program is offered by the University of California Cooperative Extension Office with generous support from the Northcoast Co-op Eureka Community Kitchen as well as many other businesses in the community.
Questions? Call Deborah Giraud, Farm Advisor at 445-7351