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Sustainability

Harvest Hastings is about living lightly on the land. Sustainability has sections on land stewardship, tree planting, managing woods and wildlife at  Caring for Land; discussion about Climate Change; 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 links to local organizations as well as provincial ones. Check Coming Events to find workshops, agricultural events, community meals and much more. 

Know your farmer: Dale Grant says cows are built to eat hay

August 21, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Hastings Stewardship Council member Dale Grant describes his balanced approach to rearing cattle and producing top quality beef for the restaurant trade and for the local market. He farms in Stirling-Rawdon and Quinte West with his wife Fay and son Mark. he discusses how he feeds his cattle a balence diet of largely grass and hay with some corn to finish them.

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Explore local food

August 16, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

August is the month to explore Hastings County and enjoy the harvest; beans, zucchini, chard, kale, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, blueberries, raspberries, early apples like Paula red and much more. It is amazing the variety of produce grown locally.

How about going on a local food treasure hunt exploring the countryside and getting to know the farmers.  We have eight farmers' markets in Hastings County all are open on Saturday morning, and many are open on another day during the week. We have more and more farm stands with a mixture of locally grown produce and some with fruits for elsewhere in Ontario.

Farmers are experimenting with growing new varieties, such as blue potatoes, heritage tomatoes and long Japanese beans. Some producers are keen to show you their garden and show you how they grow the vegetables. Check to see when they are open or call to make an appointment.

Find out about the farmgate stands. Go to Where to Buy and put in Farmgate Stand. Click on the dot and get more information about the farms and the markets. Some of them are mentioned below.

Sue Wander Vey and the Vivialis family have a new farm stand on Marlbank Road.

Carson Tribble has his Marshhill Farm stand at the Reid’s Dairy car park and outside his farm on Marsh Hill Road. Janet Hamilton has her long establish farm stand on Hamilton Road and Sue Vander Bosch of WillowCreek Farms has stands at Tucker’s Corners and the farm on the Frankford Road. Jeff Grimson has a farmgate stand on Will Johnson Road, Frankford and is also at the Front Street Market. Janet and Henry Ellenburger grow potatoes and vegetables at their farm in Coe Hill. You can call ahead and get vegetables from Bea Heissler at Natural Themes Farms or Linda and Frank Huizenga at Fralin Acres on the Moira Road.

 You can meet Jarrett Switzer at the Bancroft Farmers Market or call him and go direct to the farm. Diana McPherson of Grills Orchards has new season apples, vegetables, local meat, fresh baking and homemade fudge. You can take a pick at their orchard and see how the apples are ripening. West Moira Orchards on Moira Road have vegetable and fruit, and The Apple Store on Highway 14 north of Stirling has apples, Maple Dale Cheese, and meats and frozen pies. You can still get blueberries for Kellys Berries in Maynouth and high bush blueberries for Wilson’s Organic Blueberries in Tweed. Please remember to call ahead. Brambleberry Farm at near Wooler has a variety of berries,

Nadine and Diane Richter have sweet corn at Richter Greenhouse at Foxboro and Tony Singarajah has a corn stand just south of Tweed. He is hosting a Sweet Corn Fiesta on August 30 with live music and lots of games.

Elly Finlayson-Blanchard has good crop of many types of garlic this year. She is at the Belleville Farmers' Market most Saturdays and you can also order garlic online at http://www.railwaycreekfarms.com.

Backyard Feast to Farm

August 15, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

A culinary event pairing professional chefs with our local producers. Celebrety chef taste testing, brews and wines, farmers markets and much more. Facebook Backyard Feast to Farm

Price $10

Event Date and Time: 
September 28, 2014 - 11:00 - 16:00

La Via Campesina in Movement... Food Sovereignty now!

August 12, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Watch this 20 minutes film and show it to your neighbours, friends, community, local organization, in a cultural center, a film festival, a demonstration... You can organize a film screening followed by a discussion where you can invite local farmers, local authorities and anyone interested.

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Know your farmer: Beate Heissler at Natural Themes Native Plant Nursery

August 10, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Beate Heissler has created Natural Themes, Native Plant Nursery at her home in Frankford. She invites you to garden using native plants, attract wildlife to your garden and work with nature rather than against it. The Heisslers grow vegetables organically along with the native trees, shrubs and flowering plants. Look for Heissler Navrot Farms. Look at Natural Themes, Native Plant Nursery to find out more.

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Integrating Livestock into Your Farm: farm tour

August 9, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Ecological Farmers of Ontario

There are any number of reasons, and ways to integrate livestock onto the farm. This tour will explore some possibilities, as well as give you a chance to learn from an experienced farmer willing to share knowledge and expertise.Wiseacres is an organic farm producing organic beef, pork, and poultry, as well as vegetables. Read more about the farm here

Register for the Livestock Tour!

 
Event Date and Time: 
August 14, 2014 - 13:00 - 16:00

Chadwick Barn Opening

August 8, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Rob and Jillian Chadwick of 696 Belleville Road, Deseronto, are hosting an open house. They invite people to come and see  their new free stall dairy barn designed for 75 cows with milking parlour and calving pens. They have a large, solar power system on the barn roof, which will be in operation by December, 2014. 

For more information rncfarms [at] gmail [dot] com

Event Date and Time: 
August 23, 2014 - 10:30 - 15:00
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