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.

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., 612-741-6437

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* 1. Contact Information:

Please indicate your level of experience with the following food preservation methods.

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* 2. Experience with home canning (using hot water bath method)

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* 3. Experience with home canning (using a pressure canner).

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* 4. Experience with freezing:

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* 5. Experience with other food preservation methods (please describe).

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* 6. Are you familiar with the food safety rules regarding high and low acid foods for canning

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* 7. The Food Preservation Network’s aim is to produce preservation events in partnership with community organizations. If you are part of a community organization, neighborhood association, and/or the local food network, please list your connections and involvement.

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* 8. Do you have experience teaching and/or organizing community events? If so, please provide a short description.

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* 9. Please let us know why you are interested in this program

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* 10. Are you able to attend the trainings September 1st from 5-9pm and September 7 from 6-9pm? (reimbursements for expenses such as child care and transportation to the trainings are available).

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* 11. Are you available one-weekend between September 11th and October 23rd to help manage a community preservation event? (These are day-long, group preservation events being organized at local organizations. The Community Food Preservation Associates help organize the event and provide technical-assistance to the participants. Associates will be paid for their time.)

Thank you for your application. We will contact you shortly about participation in this program.

The Minneapolis project of the Food Preservation Network is being implemented in partnership with the Department of Health and Family Support. Funding for this project comes from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), which aims to help Minnesotans live longer, healthier lives by reducing the burden of chronic disease.