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

CCE Chautauqua County’s Ag Program is excited to announce fall 2022 LEAF workshops

Herbs, Bread, Animals & More

JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (September 2, 2022) -- Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County’s Agricultural Program is excited to announce the fall 2022 LEAF 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 LEAF workshop will be held this fall at the Jamestown Community College Carnahan Center, 525 Falconer Street; Jamestown, NY. Workshops are just $5-$15 per person and early registration is requested. Visit or call 716-664-9502 Ext. 202 or email to register, or for more information. Come join us and learn something new and exciting!

Everything you want to know about herbs

Wednesday, September 14, 2022



Do you grow herbs? Do you want to grow herbs? Do you want to learn what do with homegrown herbs? The owners of The Herb Mill will be here to teach us all about herbs! We will learn everything from planting, maintaining, harvesting, drying, and preserving. The instructors are also well versed in culinary and medicinal uses of the herbs.

So, You Want To Start A Farm?

Wednesday, September 21, 2022


$10/family (take home materials)

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. Participants will receive a comprehensive binder with additional resource material. The 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.

Small Scale Composting

Thursday, September 22, 2022



Join Master Gardener Steve Rees to learn about an overview of small-scale composting, waste-stream management and soil enrichment. A variety of simple to complex composting methods and goals will be discussed.

Equine End of Life

Tuesday, September 27, 2022



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. Karin D. Bump, Ph.D PAS will lead us through a compassionate and complete discussion.

Business Planning for Beginning Farmers

Wednesday, October 5, 2022



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. This discussion-based workshop will walk you through the mental exercise of planning your future agriculture adventures. This workshop will be led 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.

Yummy Yeast Breads

Tuesday, October 11, 2022


$10/person (supplies/take homes)

Learn how easy it is to make various types of yeast breads. Participants will learn basic breadmaking techniques by making a bath of English Muffin Bread. Everyone will go home with a loaf of fresh, warm bread. The instructor will be Linda Dewey who is the 5th generation owner/operator of Silver Falls Farm in Perrysburg, NY.

Vet 101- What To Do When Things Go Wrong

Thursday, October 13, 2022



Many beginning farmers and homesteaders have limited access to vet care, and it is important to know how to care for your animals when things go wrong. This workshop will cover many of the basics for a beginning or small farmer, including items to have on hand in your “tool kit”, signs of illness, a discussion on when to call the vet, information on local vets, and how to measure key vital signs. New York State Veterinarian, Dr. Shannon Carpenter, who has many years of experience with livestock animal operations will be leading this workshop.

Raising Capital For Your Farm

Wednesday, October 19, 2022



Finding funding for your farm business can often times be the most difficult and stressful task when first starting out. Amanda Ritchey, Farm Loan Manager for USDA Farm Service Agency will be leading this class. This workshop will cover ag lenders, what lenders are looking for, how to prepare a balance sheet, basics of compiling a projection, and FSA loan basics.

Basics of Home Food Preservation

Tuesday, October 25, 2022


$10/person (supplies)

Come learn about preserving your bountiful harvest or local produce purchases to be enjoyed during those upcoming cold winter months. We will discuss food safety, safe preservation practices, and make some freezer jam!

Sourdough and Salt Rising Breads

Tuesday, November 1, 2022


$15/person (supplies)

Following up from our Yummy Yeast Breads workshop, our instructor, Linda Dewey, 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 hands on demonstrations and tastings. Information will be given on rules and regulations for selling baked goods at farmer’s markets.

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2022



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. Dr. Shannon Carpenter will also be leading this workshop.

Old Fashioned Soap Making

Saturday, November 12, 2022


$15/person (supplies)

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 spend a few hours on a Saturday exploring a new hobby and learn how to make soap. The instructor will be Linda Dewey, who is a 5th generation owner/operator of Silver Falls Farm in Perrysburg, NY.

Sewing 101

Thursday, November 17, 2022



Are you an adult that wants to learn some sewing basics while creating a beautiful handmade apron? Join Nancy Johnson in making a 30-minute apron that will teach you several skills. *Supply list is available upon request/registration.

Grant Writing 101

Tuesday, November 22, 2022



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 Paul Pichon, a professional grant writer for the City of Jamestown and Jamestown Community College. Paula is very experienced and can help you get on the right track for success!

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.


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

Last updated September 2, 2022