LEAF workshop series kicking off Jan. 12 with class on beekeeping

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is once again offering its very popular LEAF (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Educational programming, starting with “Introduction to Beekeeping” to be held on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. All workshops will be held at the Frank Bratt Agricultural Center in Jamestown, 3542 Turner Road. To register, contact Katelyn Walley-Stoll at 716-664-9502 ext. 202, kaw249@cornell.edu, or visit www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua/leaf2019.

On Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, “Introduction to Beekeeping” will be offered for $5/person. In this workshop, local beekeepers, Dennis and Laura LaMonica of Panama Bee Farm and Honey Company, will share their experiences and education with an overview of this topic. This workshop will discuss beekeeping basics such as a brief history of beekeeping, honey bee biology, and seasonal beekeeping tasks along with honey bee pests, diseases, and management options. The LaMonicas currently maintain an apiary of 50 colonies and are active participants in the Chautauqua County Beekeepers Association and will also share information on apiary location, equipment options and sources, costs of beekeeping, and recommended resources. Additional beekeeping workshops may be offered based on community interest.

Light refreshments will be offered. The LEAF 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 requested 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/leaf2019, by emailing kaw249@cornell.edu, or by calling 716-664-9502 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 NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.