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Still Time To Register For Food Preservation Training
It’s not too late to sign up for the annual Coos County Master Food Preservers training. Interested in learning how to safely preserve food? Or how to perfect and up-date your skills? This training covers preservation techniques of drying, freezing, smoking, pickling, making jams/jellies and safely canning meats, fish and vegetables. Graduates of the training are Master Food Preservers certified by OSU Extension Family & Community Health. Training also includes a state food handler’s certificate.
A home study course and four hands-on practicums make up the training which begins May 11th and goes through June 22nd. Students must attend the four Saturday workshops, every other week, where they will practice their skills with veteran volunteers. Each Saturday training will be held at the Coos County Extension Service, in Myrtle Point, from 9am to 4pm. The dates are May 11 and 25, and June 8 and 22. Students will complete the home study coursework in the weeks between each practicum.
The course fee of $135 includes a comprehensive resource manual. Payment can be made by credit card. Trainees are asked to provide 40 hours of volunteer service to the program in the year following their training. Registration packets are available at the Extension Service. To register, or for more information, call the Extension Service at 541-572-5263, ext. 292 or 299.