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Master Food Preserver Volunteers

Master Food Preserver prepares food for canning

Who We Are:

Do you enjoy the art and science of food preservation? Would you like to develop expertise in this area? Consider becoming a Master Food Preserver.

What We Do:

Master Food Preservers serve to extend University of Maine Extension’s educational programs in food preservation to adults and youth. The Master Food Preserver serves as a volunteer opportunity and a resource in the community to provide the public with research-based information on food preservation from UMaine Extension and USDA.

Master Food Preserver sets a pot of water on the stove to boil

Where We Are Located:

The Master Food Preserver training takes place in various Cumberland county locations, however volunteer work and projects can be completed state-wide once training is complete.

Volunteer Experiences Can Include:

After completing your training, you will have an opportunity to choose your volunteer experiences. The 20-hour commitment can be fulfilled by

  • Helping others to learn, and provide research-based information from UMaine Extension.
  • Providing information at local farmers’ markets, fairs, or community events.
  • Conducting presentations and workshops as part of a team or on your own for community groups and schools.
  • Preparing educational displays, writing articles for newsletters, newspapers, etc.

To learn more, visit Master Food Preservers and view the Master Food Preserver Volunteer Role Description.

How to Apply:

Through an application process, any Maine resident 21 years or older is eligible to take the Master Food Preserver course. To become a Master Food Preserver, apply online or contact:

Kathleen Savoie
Extension Educator
75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth 04105
207.781.6099
ksavoie@maine.edu