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Sustainability Resources

Harvest Hastings is about living lightly on the land. Sustainability Resources has sections on land stewardship, tree planting, managing woods and wildlife at  Caring for Land; discussion about Climate Change; you can find out about Green Communities, and read about what's happening in Local Agriculture and Local Forestry. There are  AudioVideos, and a Photo Gallery. Look for "Know your farmer" video or audio interviews with local farmers and other producers.

 Web links has contact information about local organizations as well as provincial ones.

Check Coming Events to find workshops, agricultural events, community meals and much more. 

New ways of looking at your property

May 27, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

New ways of looking at your property

Location

Arts Centre Hastings
230 Durham Street, Madoc Ontario
Canada
44° 30' 1.8792" N, 77° 28' 19.8948" W

New ways of looking at your property

May 27, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

On Saturday, June 18 in Madoc, the Ontario Woodlot Association, Quinte Chapter will host an active learning day on the Ground and in the Air. Two practical demonstrations will help landowners learn new ways to examine their property.

Nick January, Geographic Information System (GIS) coordinator for the County of Hastings will demonstrate what you can learn about your property using the Hastings County Community Online Maps System. Chris Droog will demonstrate his “flying camera” drone in action so the audience can admire his aerial videography.

In the GIS morning session in Madoc, you can be a cartographer. Nick January will walk everyone through the Community Online Maps system, highlighting the easy-to-use, interactive interface with full screen maps and floating menus. He will show users how to access the most recent colour aerial photography (collected in 2013, partnered with Conservation Ontario and the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry). Bring your GIS questions and Nick will fill you in with the latest information. A computer is not required.

 

Participants will meet on Saturday, June 18 at 9 am. at the Arts Centre Hastings, at 230 Durham Street South in Madoc. After lunch, people will drive to the farm in Stirling. There will be a brief annual general meeting to acquaint everyone with chapter activities, and the day will wind up at 3 pm.

The cost of the day is $15/person, including lunch. To book your spot and reserve a lunch, please contact Louise Livingstone at (613) 395-4388  or info [at] harvesthastings [dot] ca

For more information about the Quinte Chapter of the Ontario Woodlot Association, call Kevin Durkin (613) 396-6381 at noon or in the evening. Or visit ontariowoodlot.com/quinte-chapter.

 

Event Date and Time: 
June 18, 2016 - 09:00 - 15:00

Prince of Wales promotes biodynamic farming principles of Rudolph Steiner

May 24, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Prince Charles was asked to address 10th World Wilderness Congress with an astonishing talk about the ways in which the world handles its farming agriculture processes. The Rudolph Steiner Anthrosophical program of farming also goes by the name of biodynamic farming. Rudolph Steiner was one of the first to recognize the resource of nature is sacred and one that keeps itself healthy naturally year after year. It is surprising to see that someone from the government agrees upon this kind of sustainable farming technique and is instilling the principles by talking to such a large portion of the population that is as important as the World Wilderness Congress. Not since Theodore Roosevelt’s intimate meetings with John Muir have we seen such conviction and true demonstration of reverence for Mother Nature.

 
Prince of Wales promotes biodynamic farming principles of Rudolph Steiner
 
 
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Permits and Regulations Information Night

May 24, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Are you planning some work or development on your property?  You may require a permit from Quinte Conservation or other agencies.  Let our regulations staff walk you through the process and answer any questions you have.  

This information night will be of interest to landowners planning to do any development or work on their property.  Quinte Conservation staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Examples of development projects that require a permit include, but are not limited to:
  • Any shoreline alterations or work along a watercourse or wetland including any in-water work (such as retaining walls or boat launches)
  • Development adjacent to a slope/escarpment or on unstable soils/bedrock 
  • New construction/reconstruction of any kind, or placing a building or structure of any kind, or the change of use of a structure (such as a boat house)
  • Site grading, whether importing fill or removing fill 
  • Culverts, small bridges and other watercourse crossings
Event Date and Time: 
June 9, 2016 - 18:30 - 20:00

Location

Quinte Conservation
2061 Old Highway 2
Belleville, ON K8N 4Z2
Canada
44° 8' 20.0796" N, 77° 25' 46.7796" W

Charity Plant Sale

May 13, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Charity Plant Sale will be held on Saturday May 14 at Gilead Community Hall, 420 Bronk Rd. (east from HWY#37 via Harmony Rd. or west from Shannonville Rd. via Harmony Rd., similarly from Blessington Rd.) From 8am-1pm. Refreshments available (coffee, muffins etc.). Plant donations gladly accepted.

Event Date and Time: 
May 14, 2016 - 08:00 - 13:00

Location

Gilead Community Hall
420 Bronk Road
Corbyville
Canada
44° 16' 11.0316" N, 77° 19' 3.5544" W

Traceability Workshop for Producers

May 10, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

 

Maximizing Your Traceability Investment

This in-class workshop will focus on how you can gain a competitive advantage and improve your bottom line with your traceability system. Real life examples and business profiles focused on traceability best practices will be examined throughout the workshop. 

At the end of the Maximizing your Traceability Investment Workshop you will be able to:

  • Discover how to make your traceability investment work to your advantage
  • Evaluate how you currently collect and manage Traceability information in your business
  • Identify methods for improving your traceability system in order to gain added value through reduced costs, improved profit margins and increased market potential

 Please register for this Traceability Workshop through the Growing Forward Portal at www.ontarioprograms.net

For information contact:

Eric Lawlor, Workshop Leader, OSCIA

Tel: 289-251-3042   email: eric [dot] lawlor [at] ontariosoilcrop [dot] org

Event Date and Time: 
May 17, 2016 - 10:00 - 15:00
May 24, 2016 - 10:00 - 15:00

Location

Thurlow Community Centre
516 Harmony Road
Corbyville, ON K0K1V0
Canada
44° 14' 23.3628" N, 77° 23' 29.8284" W
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