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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. 

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


Quinte Conservation
2061 Old Highway 2
Belleville, ON K8N 4Z2
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


Gilead Community Hall
420 Bronk Road
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

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


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

Quinte Field Naturalists Fundraising Dinner

April 13, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Event Date and Time: 
April 25, 2016 - 18:00 - 21:00


51° 15' 13.59" N, 85° 19' 23.5704" W

A sustainable future for rural communities

April 10, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Harvest Hastings invites you to an evening with Mike Bossio MP, Hastings, Lennox and Addington, to talk about how we can prosper in a changing environment. What can we do to ensure a sustainable future with a  shift away from fossil fuels to a green economy? Farmers can contribute on the side of carbon credits by building organic matter in the soil,  but can they cope with a carbon tax? Do farmers have the information needed to manage phosphate to meet the standards set by the new Great Lakes Protection Act between the United States and Canada?

 Agriculture and forestry are the foundations of the rural economy. Can we concentrate development in the villages and hamlets while growing viable agricultural and forestry industries and protecting biodiversity and natural areas? We need to find ways for young people to live and work in the area and for new people to come and live here.

 The challenge is to produce the food, fuel and timber we need locally, reduce our carbon footprint and built a prosperous rural economy.

  Mike Bossio will talk about his role as chair of the National Rural Caucus and a member of Federal Environment and Sustainability Committee. He will describe his ideas on how we can build long-term sustainable rural communities with a holistic approach, consuming less and consuming closer to home. The evening is a chance for you to hear Mike’s views and to share your thoughts about the future of this region.

Event Date and Time: 
April 28, 2016 - 19:00 - 21:30


Huntingdon Veterans Community Hall
11379 Highway #62
Ivanhoe, ON K0K2K0
44° 23' 46.05" N, 77° 28' 16.68" W
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