APPLICATION - CERTIFIED COMMUNITY FOOD PRESERVATION GUIDE
Become certified as a Community Food Preservation Guide: Learn current food preservation safety, techniques and community leadership skills to help your family, neighborhood and community to preserve locally grown foods, become healthier and build a greater sense of community.
The Food Preservation Network is a new initiative whose aim is to expand community capacity to preserve locally grown foods to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and build a greater sense of community. The project is piloting food preservation models in the City of Minneapolis during the Fall of 2010.
Program - Participants will take part in advanced training with University of Minnesota Extension Specialists and leaders in the Food Preservation Network. Upon successful completion, you will receive a certificate designating you as a Community Food Preservation Guide for high-acid foods and freezing. This certification will enable you to provide technical guidance and coordination for community-based food preservation events and make you eligible for additional education and advancement.
Pre-requisites: To participate in this program, it is strongly preferred that you have experience with food preservation (e.g. home canning), especially hot-water bath canning techniques. If this is not the case, you may still be considered if you have skills / training as a food professional. This program is not intended for individuals interested in learning food preservation for home use (although it will help with this), but is being developed to create a team of leaders who can help with technical assistance and management of community-based food preservation events.
Program requirements: 1) Attend 8 hours of education / instruction: i. September 1, 5-9pm with the University of MN Extension Food Science Educator focused on the current science and safe practices for food preservation. (Minneapolis location) ii. September 7, 2010, 6-9pm with Food Preservation Network program leaders focused on applying learning, using equipment and helping lead community-based preservation events. (Minneapolis location)
2) Complete home study assignments.
3) Pass a written test to demonstrate solid knowledge of food preservation protocol, safety guidelines and equipment use.
4) Participate as a leader in one group food preservation event in Minneapolis during September or October, 2010. This will require 2-4 hours of advance preparation and 8-10 hours the day of the event. Financial compensation is available for food preservation leaders at these events.
5) Become an active member of the Food Preservation Network – receiving additional training and being active in your community as a Community Food Preservation Guide.
During this pilot year, this program is only available to Minneapolis residents.
Training program will be conducted in English this year. Applicants who speak other languages, in addition to English, are strongly encouraged to apply. Our goal for the future is to offer more instruction and community events in multiple languages.
To Apply - Please complete this online application by August 18, 2010. This first year, we can accept 8 participants. Applications will be reviewed based on a number of factors including: food preservation experience, especially canning,; geographic distribution; community involvement; experience teaching and leading.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact: Ana Micka, Food Preservation Network. firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-741-6437