2019 LEAF Workshop Series

Please check back often! We will be updating this page as more workshops become available throughout the year - We are looking to hold workshops in the months of January, February, March, April, October, and November. 

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is excited to announce a variety of upcoming educational workshops. The LEAF (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Series is open to beginning farmers, established farms looking to diversify and grow, agriculture enthusiasts, homesteaders, and EVERYONE in between! 

Key Information about the 2019 LEAF. Workshops

  •  NEW THIS YEAR - Due to budget restraints, we are collecting workshop fees PER PERSON. Children are still included with an adult registration if they are not utilizing the materials offered.
  • Pre-registration is required at least 3 days prior to the workshop you are hoping to attend. This is needed to give our staff adequate time to prepare workshop materials. If you would like to register after the deadline, please call 716-664-9502 ext. 202 to see if there is still space available. REGISTRATION LINK.
  • All of the workshops will be held at the Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown, NY 14701, unless otherwise noted.
  • Light Refreshments will be offered at each workshop.
  • The best way to keep in touch with CCE-Chautauqua’s programming is to subscribe! Visit www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauquau/subscribe or give us a call to get subscribed.
  • Please contact Katelyn Walley-Stoll, 716-664-9502 ext. 202 for more information.
  • REGISTRATION LINK.

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    Introduction to Beekeeping

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019     10am - 12noon     $5/person

    Have you thought about raising bees on your farm or homestead? Join local beekeepers, Dennis and Laura LaMonica of Panama Bee Farm and Honey Company, as they share their experiences and education in and overview of this topic. This workshop will discuss beekeeping basics such as a brief history of beekeeping, honey bee biology, and seasonal beekeeping tasks along with honey bee pests, diseases, and management options. The LaMonicas currently maintain an apiary of 50 colonies and are active participants in the Chautauqua County Beekeepers Association and will also share information on apiary location, equipment options and sources, costs of beekeeping, and recommended resources. Additional beekeeping workshops may be offered based on community interest. 

    Yummy Yeast Breads

    Saturday, January 12th, 2019      1pm - 3pm      $15/person

    Love the taste of homemade bread? Learn how easy it is to make various types of basic breads. Participants will learn basic breadmaking techniques by making a batch of English Muffin Bread. Also, they will receive recipes and instructions for making other types of yeast breads. Information will also be given on rules and regulations for selling baked goods at farmers' markets. Everyone will go home with a loaf of fresh, warm bread (a portion of the $15 registration fee covers the cost of these materials).The instructor for our bread and soap workshops will be Linda Dewey, a 5th generation farmer and owner/operator of Silver Falls Farm, Perrysburg, NY, which has been continuously owned and operated by the Dewey family since 1817, who has had many years of experience carrying on the family soap making tradition.

    Sourdough and Salt Rising Breads

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019       1pm - 3pm       $15/person

    Following up from the Yummy Yeast Breads Workshop, our instructor will lead a session on some of the more advanced breads, including Sourdough and Salt Rising. Participants will learn more about breadmaking techniques and will receive recipes and instructions, along with opportunities for hands-on demonstrations and tastings. Information will also be given on rules and regulations for selling baked goods at farmers' markets..The instructor for our bread and soap workshops will be Linda Dewey, a 5th generation farmer and owner/operator of Silver Falls Farm, Perrysburg, NY, which has been continuously owned and operated by the Dewey family since 1817, who has had many years of experience carrying on the family soap making tradition.

    Horse Course - Handling and Health Basics

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019         10am - 12noon       $5/person

    Save the Date - More information coming soon!

    Old Fashioned Soap Making

    Saturday, February 9th, 2019        1pm - 3pm        $15/person

    Do you have used cooking oil or extra lard from butchering a hog and don't know what to do with it? Learn how to make homemade soap using lye and animal and/or vegetable fats. Participants will learn the history and science behind soap making, equipment and supplies needed, and how various fats and oils affect the finished product. Everyone will participate in making a batch of soap and will get to take home a bar of homemade soap (a portion of the $15 registration fee covers the cost of these materials).The instructor for our bread and soap workshops will be Linda Dewey, a 5th generation farmer and owner/operator of Silver Falls Farm, Perrysburg, NY, which has been continuously owned and operated by the Dewey family since 1817, who has had many years of experience carrying on the family soap making tradition.

    Western New York Tick Awareness Forum

    Saturday, February 16th, 2019       1pm - 3pm       $5/person

    Register Online for this workshop separately!

    Lyme disease and several other devastating tick-borne diseases are on the rise in New York due to an increase in the prevalence of ticks and human-tick encounters. The Governor and State Legislature have deemed Lyme and other tick-borne diseases a public health priority and are working to raise awareness about ticks, tick avoidance and management. Please consider joining us at either of our regional forums or online, featuring a presentation from Lynn Braband of NYSIPM, health department officials, and a panel of community leaders. This event is brought to you by the New York State IPM Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua, Erie, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, and Cattaraugus Counties.

    Register in advance to receive a free tick removal kit! Multiple ways to participate: Attend one of our main events or watch remotely. In-Person Events: $5/person * Light Refreshments * Tick Removal Kit * Q&A. Registration begins 30 minutes prior.

    Horse Course - NYS Vet Update

    Tuesday, February 19th, 2019        6pm - 8pm          $5/person

    Save the Date - More information coming soon!

    Horse Course - Riding Safety and Basics

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019       6pm - 8pm         $5/person

    Save the Date - More information coming soon! 

    Weed Management in Vegetables

    Saturday, February 23rd, 2019      10am - 12noon        $5/person

    Save the Date - More information coming soon! The instructor for this workshop will be Elizabeth Buck of the Cornell Vegetable Program. 

    Keeping Long Term Hay Fields Productive

    Tuesday, February 26th, 2019      6pm - 8pm      $5/person

    Join Dan Steward, an independent crop consultant with the Western New York Crop Management association, a farmer-owned cooperative, to discuss the management of long term hay fields. Many hay growers would like to improve the quality and quantity of their hay crops, but often find stands declining instead of improving over time. This workshop will cover setting goals for forage quality and discuss how cutting schedules, species selections, soil fertility, and fertilization all contribute to success. He will also discuss weed management and alternatives for re-seeding. 

    Raising Meat Chickens

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019     10am - 12noon     $10/person

    Save the Date - Registration Link coming soon!

    Chickens can provide eggs, meat, and enjoyment while adding value to your backyard or farm landscape. This class will focus on meat bird production, covering everything you need to know about raising your own chickens for family consumption or profit. Topics to be discussed: housing, feeding, health, weather and predator concerns, processing, food safety, and more.

    Lynn Bliven, CCE Allegany County Issue Leader has many years of poultry raising experience. Whether you’re interested in raising a few chickens in your backyard or developing your own chicken-based enterprise, this workshop will give you the tools to get started.

    Raising Rabbits for Meat Production

    Thursday, April 4th, 2019       6pm - 8pm        $10/person

    Save the Date - More Information Coming Soon! Our instructor for this workshop will be Ashley Pierce, Agriculture Educator with CCE-Albany County, who will be joining us virtually. She has a small farm where she raises rabbits, sheep, broilers, and laying hens.  

    Google Your Farm

    Tuesday, April 9th, 2019       6pm - 8pm       $5/person

    Save the Date - More Information Coming Soon! This workshop will help you learn more about utilizing Google to help advertise and educate potential customers and consumers about your farm business. Kate Moody, this workshop’s instructor, is a Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College, where she coordinates the Social Media Marketing Certificate program. As an entrepreneur herself and a former Chamber of Commerce executive, Kate brings 15+ years of experience in small business marketing, sales and training.

    Contact

    Katelyn Walley-Stoll
    Agriculture Program Community Educator, Farm Business Management
    kaw249@cornell.edu
    716-664-9502 ext. 202

    Last updated January 10, 2019