LEAF 2020

2020 LEAF Workshop Series

In an effort to protect the communities that we work and live in CCE Chautauqua has suspended in-person programming.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is excited to announce a variety of upcoming ZOOM based educational workshops. In partnership with CCE Saratoga County we are offering a Food Preservation Educational Series, via Zoom for 2020.

Register for one or all of these FREE classes taught by Diane Whitten, CCE Nutrition Educator and Cornell Certified Master Food Preserver. For additional information contact Lucy Conti @ lpc33@cornell.edu or leave a message at 664-9502 ext.209

If you’ve never used Zoom before, we can help you learn the basics.

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 2020 LEAF ZOOM Workshops

  • Pre-registration is required call 716-664-9502 ext. 209 or email lpc33@cornell.edu for the registration information.
  • ALL classes will be held via Zoom.
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Friday, June 12, 11 am, Making Strawberry Jam

Learn how to make a strawberry or other fruit full sugar, low sugar or no sugar jam, plus freezer jam; a no cook recipe great for kids that requires no canning equipment. This class will cover the basics of canning in a boiling water bath or steam canner, including equipment needed

Friday, June 26, 11 am, Fermenting Vegetables

Learn how easy and fun it is to ferment foods at home, including sauerkraut and kim chi. This class will include equipment, tips and techniques for successful fermentation. The health benefits of probiotic bacteria in fermented foods will be discussed.

Friday, July 17, 11 am, Canning at Home; An Intro to Boiling Water, Steam and Pressure Canning

Learn when and how to use these different canning methods. This class will include a discussion of low acid and high acid canning, plus how to avoid botulism food poisoning.

Friday, July 31, 11 am, Quick Pickling

Learn tips and techniques for successful pickling, including making a crisp pickle. This class will cover pickling ingredients, plus the basics of canning in a boiling water bath or steam canner, including equipment needed.

Friday, August 14, 11 am, Pressure Canning Vegetables, Meats & Soups

Learn the procedures for safely canning low-acid foods, such as vegetables, meats, and soups in a pressure canner. This class will include a discussion of dial gauge vs. weighted gauge pressure canners and how to use them.

Friday, September 11, 11 am, Canning Salsa & Tomatoes

Learn how to can whole and diced tomatoes, plus make salsa. This class will cover the basics of canning in a boiling water bath or steam canner, including equipment needed.

Friday, September 25, 11 am, Dehydrating Fruits & Vegetables

Learn tips and techniques for getting quality dehydrated fruits & vegetables. This class will include a discussion of types of dehydrators.

Friday, October 16, 11 am, Making Meat Jerky

Learn how to safely make your own jerky in an oven or food dehydrator. This class will include the three methods of making a safe jerky, options for marinating, plus testing for doneness.


Previous 2020 Workshops

Freezing Berries and Other Fruit

Friday, May 22, 2020, 11 am via Zoom

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver for a lesson via Zoom on how to get the best quality frozen fruit. The recommended freezing method varies for different types of berries and fruit; this presentation will include packing in sugar, syrup, dry or tray pack. Types of packaging materials and ideal freezer storage conditions will also be discussed. Length: 45 minutes. Presented by Diane Whitten, CCE Food & Nutrition Educator. No Charge. Email lpc33@Cornell.edu for class connection information.

Freezing Vegetables

Thursday, May 1, 2020 * 11 am * free

Topic: Freezing Vegetables, including Asparagus & Rhubarb
Learn tips and techniques for freezing vegetable to have the highest quality frozen product. Topics such as blanching, packaging, storage conditions and resources will be discussed.

Time: May 1, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Contact Emily Reynolds eck47@cornell.edu for the zoom link.

An Intro to Growing Berries

Thursday, March 12, 2020 * 6 – 8 pm * $5/person

Growing berries successfully takes some planning and correct preparation. This course will go over the basics of site selection and preparation for the common berry crops. We will also offer recommendations of varieties suited to our climate and markets. This workshop will be led by, Esther Kibbe, Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY Berry Specialist.Kibbe is a native Western New Yorker, a graduate of Cornell University and now a Regional Berry Specialist with Cooperative Extension. She worked for many years as a strawberry and blueberry breeder for Driscoll’s in Florida, and more recently as a consultant advising produce companies and growers on production techniques. Esther is based in Erie County in her extension role, but her assignment covers the entire Western New York region.

Canceled: Interpreting Soil Sample Reports

Thursday, March 19, 2020 * 6 pm - 8 pm * $5/person OR $20/family to include a FREE sample voucher

In this workshop, led by Josh Putman, Field Crops Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest NY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Regional Team, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about soil sampling. Topics to be covered include why it’s important to sample soils, how to take a soil sample, the difference between a pH test and a full analysis soil sample, and how to read a soil sample report. We’ll also have a hands-on portion for this workshop that will include a demonstration on using the Cornell pH Test Kit, practice examples on how to determine fertilizer and lime application rates based on your sample report, and how to determine your soil type. Participants for this workshop have the option of paying either $5 (covering just the course materials) or $20 (which will include a voucher for a free soil sample at a $20 value).

Canceled: Make a Business Plan that Doesn’t Sit on a Shelf

Saturday, March 21, 2020 * 10 am- noon * $5/per person

Business plans for farms are often viewed as yet another chore to do and usually result in dusty binders taking up space on the office shelf. Let’s chat with Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program, on developing business plans that can do more and will benefit your farm business. This discussion based workshop will walk you through the mental exercise of planning your future agricultural adventures. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the use of a business plan, the essential components, and a “to-do” list of things to think about to inform future planning efforts. Additional opportunities for one-on-one follow up will also be offered. FSA Borrower credits may be made available for your attendance.

Canceled: Creative Preservation of Culinary Herbs

Thursday, March 26, 2020 * 6-8 pm * $10/person

Optional: Take home dried herbs for concocting at home. Cost is $3.25 for 1 oz, and $3/oz for 2 ounces or more. Please bring cash or check to Sweet Flag Herbs the day of the worskhop.

Many gardeners look for creative uses of abundant herbs in their garden. In this class, Community Herbalist Sarah Sorci will share recipes and samples of herb-infused vinegar, herbal finishing salts, and herb-infused honey and maple-syrup. She will demonstrate the preparation of herb-infused vinegar, and discuss her favorite herbs for each of the preparations. No experience required. All participants will take home a recipe handout. Holistic herbalist Sarah Sorci is the owner of Sweet Flag Herbs. She offers wellness consultations, educational workshops, therapeutic horticulture sessions and garden consults. Sarah is a 2014 graduate of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine, and is completing a clinical herbalism program through the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. She is a member of the Medicinal Garden Committee at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, and board president at Greystone Nature Preserve in Fredonia. Sarah co-coordinates the WNY chapter of Herbalists Without Borders, and is thrilled to be part of the movement towards accessible, just, and sustainable health care.

Canceled: Old Fashioned Soap Making

Saturday, March 28, 2020 * 10 am-noon * $10/person

Have you ever thought of making your own soap? 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 both cold process and crock pot hot process homemade soap.Even if you have already taken our homemade soap making class you may want to join us to refresh your skills and learn the new way to make soap with a stick blender and crock pot including how to make milk soap. Participants will also learn the history and science behind soapmaking, 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 $10 registration fee covers the cost of these materials).The instructor 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 soapmaking tradition.

Canceled: Introduction to Food Preservation; Homemade Jam

Saturday, March 28, 2020 * 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm * $15/person

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County is hosting a strawberry jam making workshop. Join the Master Food Preservation Volunteers to learn how to make no or low sugar strawberry jam and freezer jam through hands-on experience. We will use fresh, local produce if available and all participants will leave with jam to take home. All materials are provided and included in the class fee.

Canceled: Is Agri-tourism right for you?

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 * 6-8 pm * $5/person

Inviting the public onto your farm or agribusiness might be an intimidating prospect - but an important one to help promote our local agricultural industry and your farm business – along with a diversified stream of income. Join Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program as she discusses the advantages, challenges, and unexpected details that come with inviting any group of people onto the farm. Participants will leave with several resources, ideas, and opportunities for future follow-up.

Canceled: Hydroponic Indoor Gardening

Thursday, April 2, 2020 * 6-8 pm * $10/person

Are you interested in hydroponics but have yet to start your own hydroponic garden?

This workshop is designed to help you get started with a simple and inexpensive do-it-yourself hydroponic setup. We will use some readily available materials to demonstrate a deep water culture system. Demonstration to include constructing a system that works for you and a question and answer session with an operational hydroponic system, currently growing micro tomatoes, herbs and greens.

This session will be at the beginner level and will cover:

  • Materials needed
  • Light and heat requirements
  • pH and importance for plant growth
  • Adjusting pH
  • Basic nutrient requirements and creating a nutrient solution
  • Easy to grow plants
  • Starting your seeds
  • Trouble shooting and issues you may encounter
  • Last updated May 29, 2020