CCE Chautauqua announces fall L.E.A.F. Workshops

CCE Chautauqua announces fall L.E.A.F. Workshops

Goats, Gardens, Worms and More

JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (September 27, 2021) -- Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agricultural Program is excited to announce the fall 2021 L.E.A.F. 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!

A variety of L.E.A.F. workshop will be held this fall at the Jamestown Community College Carnahan Center, 525 Falconer Street, Jamestown, NY. Workshops are just $5 per person and early registration is requested. Visit or call 716-664-9502 Ext. 209 or email to register, or for more information. Masks are required and CDC COVID guidelines will be followed.

Learn about Vermicomposting!

Tuesday, October 12, 6 pm

Carnahan Center Training Theater

Learn how to raise your own worms and develop nutrient rich soil for your house plants or spring gardens. Learn all about the benefits of composting and how worms can turn food scraps into healthy, rich soil for use in your garden next Spring!

Participants will create their own vermicomposter with many of the supplies they will need to feed their hard-working worms.

Introduction to Bee Keeping

Wednesday, October 20, 6 pm

Carnahan Center Classroom 123

Honeybees are amazing creatures. Have you ever considered what it might be like to have your own hives of bees? You could become a beekeeper! Getting started or even knowing if this is the right fit for you may seem a bit over whelming. Luckily here in Chautauqua County we have some generous and very knowledgeable beekeepers. Dennis and Laura LaMonica have offered to share their expertise in as part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s fall L.E.A.F. program.

Our Introduction to Bee Keeping workshop will inform you of all you need to know to make an educated decision about how and if you want to start a hive of your own. The emphasis of the presentation will be informing potential beekeepers about what to expect, how to prepare and what is required of the beekeeper. If you’re thinking about starting a backyard beehive or are just curious about what’s involved with keeping bees, then this is a great introductory class for you. The class is designed for absolute beginners so, no prerequisite knowledge is required. This workshop will focus on natural beekeeping practices. So, even if you have read a few books, taken some other classes, or already started keeping bees, this class will still have a lot to offer you.


  • The Anatomy of Bees
  • The Honeybee Life Cycle
  • The Role of the Drone Bee
  • The Role of the Queen Bee
  • The Role of the Worker Bee
  • Preparing Your Beehive
  • Feeding Bees
  • Keeping Records
  • The Beehive Inspection
  • And much more
  • Taking a beekeeping class is essential for today's beekeeper. There is no need to try it on your own, let us help welcome you to beekeeping!

    Native Pollinators in your Garden

    Thursday, October 28, 6 pm

    Carnahan Center Classroom 123

    In New York State there are over 400 bee species. These bees are essential for the pollination of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension master gardener volunteer, Patricia Martonis to learn how to create a habitat for native pollinators to enhance growing food and flowers. This presentation will focus on the importance of native pollinators in vegetable and flower gardens. Participants will learn how to attract, retain, and support the natural balance for native pollinators in your home gardens. Learn what plants will create a positive environment, how to provide nesting sites and maintain your garden to encourage pollinators to visit.

    Ms. Martonis is a Chautauqua Master Gardener who has participated in a variety of projects including Seed to Supper, Educational gardens, and trainings.

    Beginners Guide to Goats

    Wednesday, November 3, 6 pm

    Carnahan Center Classroom 123

    Goats make great companions, and can provide your family with milk, fiber, and meat. You may envision yourself enjoying yoga with your goats in the backyard, but they can be fickle creatures that will test your fence and patience. Join CCE Chautauqua 4-H Educator Kate Ewer to learn the basics of raising goats. Explore what breeds will work best for your family, where to purchase quality animals, how to safely house your goats, basic goat first aid, and why goats are like potato chips--you can't have just one!

    Unraveling the Meat Marketing Mystery

    Monday, November 8, 6 pm

    Carnahan Center Training Theater

    Learn why, how, and where you process livestock matters to you, the end consumer, and federal and state laws. This workshop will educate about regulations, expectations, and meat quality. A hands-on demonstration and taste test of matching the cut to the cooking technique for optimum quality will be performed. Livestock Specialist Amy Barkley will share experiences and knowledge about what works and what doesn't, explaining the importance of marbling, muscling and finish in Beef, Sheep and Goats.

    The Agricultural Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a subordinate governmental agency with an educational mission that operates under a form of organization and administration approved by Cornell University as agent for the State of New York. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. Each Cornell Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that is governed by an elected Board of Directors with general oversight from Cornell. All associations work to meet the needs of the counties in which they are located as well as state and national goals. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

    Last updated September 24, 2021