Upcoming L.E.A.F. workshop focuses on soil properties and health

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program will offer a workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 5 entitled “Soil Properties and Soil Health” as part of their 2017-2018 L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Workshop Series. This workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Frank Bratt Agricultural Center in Jamestown.

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to inventory the soils on their property, use a soil survey to determine the suitability of their soils for various cropping programs, and how to use crop rotations, cover crops, and the application of organic materials to build a healthy soil. Participants will receive a copy of the Chautauqua County Soil Survey. Leading this workshop will be Robert “Rob” Halbohm, who is currently the Water Quality Technician with the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District. He retired from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service three years ago, after working for 35 years in the field of assisting landowners in the development and implementation of conservation plans to protect their natural resources and maintain a profitable farm operation. He currently works on the District’s Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) program. Cost to attend is $5 per family, payable by cash or check that evening.

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 2017-2018 Workshop Series will feature 39 workshops to be held November through March. This season’s L.E.A.F. Program is made possible through the generous support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

This workshop will be two hours long and led by an experienced instructor. Light refreshments will be offered. The L.E.A.F. workshops are designed to be interactive, so participants are encouraged to bring their questions and ideas to this collaborative environment! This workshop will be held at the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center located at 3542 Turner Road in Jamestown.

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 www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua/leaf1718, by emailing kaw249@cornell.edu, or by calling 664-9502 ext. 202.

The L.E.A.F. Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County in line with the County’s 20/20 Comprehensive Plan. CCE-Chautauqua is a community-based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.