The Larimer County Extension Office in Larimer County is recruiting volunteers who will attend in-depth training sessions in early 2014 on food safety and food preservation, and then will share their knowledge by volunteering in the community.

The extension office is offering intensive training on food safety and prevention of foodborne illness, methods of canning, pickling, freezing and dehydrating. Master Food Safety Advisors must apply for selection to be in the program, must attend all training sessions, work cooperatively with other volunteers and give a minimum of 30 hours of service each year to the community by sharing their knowledge and teaching others.

Experiences for volunteers include answering consumer phone calls, providing information at local farmers markets, fairs, or supermarkets, conducting presentations and workshops for community groups and schools, preparing educational displays, writing articles for newsletters and newspapers.

Applications and complete program information are available at the Larimer County Extension Office, 1525 Blue Spruce Drive in Fort Collins or on the website www.larimer.org/ext. Openings in the Master Food Safety Advisor program are limited. Applications are due by March 21.

For more information on becoming a Master Food Safety Advisor Volunteer, contact Edie McSherry at emcsherry@larimer.org or 970-498-6008.

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