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.

Fall 2022 Class Schedule

Basics of Home Food Preservation

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

JCC Carnahan Building 6:00pm-8:00pm


Come learn about preserving your bountiful harvest or local produce purchases to be enjoyed during those cold winter months. We will discuss food safety, safe preservation practices and make some freezer jam Instructors will include Cornell Cooperative Extension – Chautauqua County’s Executive Director Emily Reynolds and Master Gardener Coordinator Shannon Rinow, both certified Master Food Preservers!

Sourdough and Salt Rising Breads

Tuesday November 1, 2022

JCC Carnahan Building 6:00pm-8:00pm


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 farmer’s markets. The instructor will be Linda Dewey, 5th generation owner/operator of Silver Falls Farm, Perrysburg, NY, which has been continuously owned and operated by the Dewey family since 1817.

Baby Mama Drama: Do’s and Don’ts of Animal Birth on the Farm

Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

JCC Carnahan Building 6:00pm-8:00pm


When thinking about growing your herd, animal birth will be one of the most exciting and challenging aspects of your farmstead. This interactive workshop will discuss many of the key aspects to birth on the farm including gestation lengths for multiple species, signs of labor, creating the ideal freshening environment, baby care, mama care, and what to look for as you try to prevent issues that can sometimes arise. Leading this workshop will be New York State Veterinarian, Dr. Shannon Carpenter, who has many years of experience with livestock animal operations and has previously worked as a private veterinarian.

Old Fashioned Soap Making

Saturday, November 12th, 2022

JCC Carnahan Building 10:00am-12:00pm


Do you have used cooking oil or extra lard from butchering a hog and not know what to do with it or have you ever wanted to learn about making soap? Come learn how to make homemade soap using lye and animal and/or vegetable fats. You will learn the history and science behind soap making, equipment, 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 (a portion of the class fee helps cover these supplies). The instructor will be Linda Dewey, 5th generation owner/operator of Silver Falls Farm, Perrysburg, NY, which has been continuously owned and operated by the Dewey family since 1817.

Sewing 101

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

JCC Carnahan Building 6:00pm-8:00pm


**Participants will need to bring supplies**

Are you adult that wants to learn some sewing basics while creating a beautiful handmade apron? Join Nancy Johnson, 4-H Leader/Teacher, in making a 30 minute apron that will teach you how to read a simple pattern, cut out fabric, pin, sew straight lines, gather fabric, add trim, and much more. This is a great project for many levels and all are welcome!

*Supply list available upon request/registration.

Grant Writing 101

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022

JCC Carnahan Building 6:00pm-8:00pm


Do you need just a little bit of funding to help out your next agriculture project or expansion? Don’t know where to start? Know where to start but grants are overwhelming to you? Join Paula Pichon a professional grant writer for the City of Jamestown and Jamestown Community College. Paula is an experienced grants manager and has a successful history in writing grants with numerous governmental agencies. Participants will get to apply for a mock grant to get a feel for the process. 

Everything You Want To Know About Herbs!

Wednesday September 14th, 2022

JCC Carnahan Building 6:00pm-8:00pm


Do you grow herbs? Do you want to grow herbs? Do you want to learn what to do with herbs? The owners of The Herb Mill, Becky and Amy, will be here to teach you all about herbs! They will cover everything from planting seeds to drying and preserving herbs. They are also well versed in many uses for herbs be it culinary or medicinal uses! At The Herb Mill they supply fresh herbs, dried herbs, tea blends, sleep pillows, bath sachets, tinctures, tonics, syrups, and salves. Between these two there will be no questions left unanswered!

So You Want To Start A Farm?

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022

JCC Carnahan Building 6:00pm -8:00pm


This workshop is for participants who have ever dreamed of having their own farm operation! Topics covered will be broad and include enterprise selection, insurance, marketing, and resources for future exploration of owning your own farm business. This workshop will be taught by Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Team Leader and Farm Business Management Specialist from the Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program with Cornell Cooperative Extension. She is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Animal Science and Ag Business Management, and owns and operates a diversified livestock farm. Participants of this workshop will receive a comprehensive binder with additional resource material.

Seed Saving!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

JCC Carnahan Building 6:00pm-8:00pm


This workshop will help you learn to be more self -sufficient and bring this year's beautiful blooms to next year! Join expert, Brenda Snyder, in learning the 5 easiest seeds to save! Bring your favorite veggies and blooms in your gardens from this year for individual advice on the best way to preserve them for next years planting! 


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

Last updated October 24, 2022