JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program will offer 2 workshops this week as part of their 2022 Fall L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Workshop Series. On Wednesday, September 21st the workshop is “So, You Want To Start A Farm” and Thursday, September 22, 2022 will be “Seed Saving”. Both events will be held at the JCC (Jamestown Campus) Carnahan Center 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.
“So, You Want to Start a Farm?” will be the topic on Wednesday September 21st, to be held from 6:00-8:00pm at the JCC (Jamestown Campus) Carnahan Center, Room 123. This workshop is for participants who have ever dreamed of having their own farming operation! Topics covered will be broad and include enterprise selection, insurance, marketing, and resources for future exploration of owning your own farm business. The instructor for this workshop will be 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. The cost of this workshop is $10 per family.
The “Seed Saving” workshop, will be held on Thursday, September 22nd from 6:00-8:00pm at the JCC (Jamestown Campus) Carnahan Center, Room 120. This is the season for another change in weather and we will watch our beautiful summer blooms and bountiful fall harvests come to a dwindling close. If you are like Brenda Snyder, founder of the WNY Seed Library, you might want to learn how to preserve the seeds that are at your fingertips. Whatever your motive is; saving money on next years flowers and veggies, keeping heirlooms in the area, trading seeds with other horticulture enthusiasts, or trying to take another step to being self-sustainable; this is an excellent workshop to participate in. Brenda Snyder will be instructing participants on how to preserve seeds that otherwise might go to waste. The cost of this workshop is $5 per person.
The L.E.A.F. Workshop Series is open to the general public, including homesteaders, beginning farmers, established farmers looking to diversify and grow, agriculture enthusiasts, and everyone in between! The 2022 Fall LEAF series is providing 13 workshops to be held in September, October, and November.
Each workshop will be 2 hours long and led by an experienced instructor. The LEAF workshops are designed to be interactive, so participants are encouraged to bring their questions and ideas to this collaborative environment!
Pre-registration is required prior to the workshop to allow for adequate time to prepare printed resources and materials. Interested participants can register online by visiting https://chautauqua.cce.cornell.edu/agriculture/2022-l-e-a-f-workshop-series, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 716-664-9502 ext 202.
–Cassandra Skal, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County