Unique Workshops to be Offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension

"Winter Birding" and "Growing Shiitake Mushrooms" among upcoming workshops

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County is hosting two unique workshops for the community over the next couple months.

This month, the agency will offer a “Winter Birding Workshop” on Saturday, January 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. in its offices at 203 North Hamilton Street in Watertown. Presented by the North Country Bird Club, the program will take a look at some common North Country birds, offer tips on feeding birds in the winter, and review native plant species that attract birds.

This is a free program and registration is requested, but not required. For more information, contact Sue Gwise at sjg42@cornell.edu or 315-788-8450.

Next month, Cornell Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop for those interested in the commercial production of shiitake mushrooms. “Log Grown Shiitake Mushrooms: Economics for a Profitable Crop” will be held on Saturday, February 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This event will also be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension offices, 203 North Hamilton Street in Watertown. The presenter will be Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Extension Specialist from the Cornell University Small Farms Program.

The workshop will cover all aspects of production important to selling mushrooms in New York State: safety, sanitation, marketing, regulations and business plan development.

The program fee of $30 per person includes lunch and handouts. Scholarships are available for veterans and military family members. Registration is required for this event; visit http://blogs.cornell.edu/mushrooms/viability/ for more information and to register online.

For more information, contact Cathy Moore at cmm17@cornell.edu.

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