L.E.A.F. 2022 Workshop Series

2022 LEAF Workshop Series

2022 L.E.A.F. Workshop Series

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 2022 LEAF Workshops

  • Workshops are $5 per participant (unless otherwise noted)
  • Pre-registration is required, to register online click HERE; or call 716-664-9502 ext. 209 or email lpc33@cornell.edu for the registration information.
  • ALL classes will be held at the JCC Carnahan Center; 525 Falconer Street; Jamestown, NY.
  • The best way to keep in touch with CCE-Chautauqua’s programming is to subscribe! Visit www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua/subscribe or give us a call to get subscribed.

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Coming Up: 

Equine End of Life- the Hardest Decision of Horse Ownership

Tuesday, September 27, 6 pm

Carnahan Center Room 123

Also offered virtually. Register in advance at:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Preparing for end of life decisions is challenging yet critically important to ensure humane care of our horses. In this seminar, we will discuss equine end of life considerations, choices for humane equine euthanasia, and viable options for carcass disposal. Discussion of planning for equine care upon death of an owner will also be discussed. Participants can anticipate leaving the seminar feeling prepared to create written end-of-life plans.

Karin D. Bump, Ph.D., PAS will lead us through a compassionate and complete discussion Karin is the director of Saddle Up NY!, Founder and ED of the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics: www.naeaa.com. She is also a partner of Equine Education Network: EQUUS Foundation, a contributor to Equine Academics and a certified Business Mentor.

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Growing Grapes in Your Home Garden

Tuesday, May 24, 6 pm

Carnahan Center Room 123

Pre-registration is required, to register online click HERE; or call 716-664-9502 ext. 209 or email lpc33@cornell.edu for the registration information.

If you have ever been interested in growing grapes for your home garden and wanted to learn more about it? Now is your chance. Jennifer Phillips Russo, the Viticulture Specialist for Cornell Extension’s Lake Erie Regional Grape Team will be offering a ‘how to’ workshop as part of the 2022 CCE L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Series. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how and where to plant for the vine’s requirements to ripen the fruit, the parts of the plant, training and pruning for optimal vine health, insects and diseases, and more. With a little guided viticulture knowledge, you can enjoy table grapes, make juice and jelly, or try your hand at wine with juice from healthy vines. Each participant will receive a vine to grow at home, compliments of Double A Vineyards.

Jennifer Phillips Russo is the Cornell Viticulture Specialist for the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program. Her work at LERGP brings local experience and research-based solutions together to provide projects aimed at increasing yields, product quality, diversity and improvement of cultivars, efficiency of production, profitability and adoption of environmentally sound cultural management strategies with emphasis on: soil and grapevine health, site selection, growth control, nutrition and water management, and harvest management. As part of the Efficient Vineyard Project, Jennifer worked to help growers and industry to better evaluate the amount of crop in their vineyards and in the industry belt-wide, respectively. Understanding this is an important starting point as we progress through the growing season and are able to implement variable rate vineyard management. She has been instrumental in developing new technology to assist with the process.

Creating a Pollinator Habitat for Growing

Tuesday, May 17; 6 pm

Carnahan Center Room 123

Pre-registration is required, to register online click HERE; or call 716-664-9502 ext. 209 or email lpc33@cornell.edu for the registration information.

Creating a habitat for wildlife is beneficial and enjoyable. Garden design can vary from pollinator strip for agricultural lands to a small haven in a home garden.

Whether you’re a farmer looking to pollinate crops, a landowner looking to make use of a fallow field, or a homeowner interested in developing a small patch of natural habitat. Creating a habitat for wildlife can be beneficial to humans and the environment. Attracting native pollinators increases vegetable and fruit production and birds and other small mammals can help control pests. Natural surroundings can be as large as a pollinator strip in agricultural fields or just small patch at your house. Meet with CCE Master Gardener Pat Martonis to explore a variety of ways to build an environment for the wildlife you WANT to attract in the setting in which you live, work or play. 


Cassandra Skal
Agriculture Program Coordinator
716-664-9502 ext. 202

Last updated June 6, 2022