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Add Value To Your Food (November 27, 2008)

The Northern Marianas College Cooperative Research, Extension and Education Service (CREES) is inviting all CNMI farmers, homemakers, and other interested individuals to a free, two-day “Value Added Processing and Food Safety” workshop to be held at Kagman Community Center, December 2-3, starting at 9:30AM until 4:00PM. Dr. Jang H. Kim and Felix Calvo will facilitate the 2-day workshop.

Participants will learn about food safety and preservation, processing of home-made food canning, and finally value added food processing on the first day of the workshop. On the second day, Dr. Kim and Mr. Calvo will demonstrate the making of jams and pickles, and will provide time for a Q&A session, including consultation to interested participants.

“This workshop is designed to help the public achieve a better understanding of food safety, and understand the value in savings from processing foods at home,” said Dr. Kim, who points out that homemade jams and pickles help prevent the waste of food.

Farmers and producers especially profit from food processing, as this gives their produce an added value. By using the processing method, farmers are not pressed to sell their fruits and vegetables picked fresh from the field, but can take advantage of the extended shelf life of jams and pickles and sell their produce long after it was harvested. Dr. Kim is the Food Scientist at NMC-CREES, and his expertise is development of new food products and food safety. He received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University and has worked in food science area for many years in the United States and Korea. Mr. Felix Calvo is an Agriculture Consultant to NMC CREES.

The same workshop will be offered on Tinian on December 4 and 5, and Rota on December 10 and 11 at the respective NMC instructional sites. For more information, interested parties can call NMC-CREES at 234-5498 ext. 1705/07/08.

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