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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. 

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

Workshop: Importance of trees

March 21, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Rob Johnson, manager of the Green Legacy Programme talks about the importance of trees and the need to plant trees. He speaks about the disconnect we have with the environment and our food, and the importance of involving children. This spring the Green Legacy Programme in Wellington County will have planting over two million trees. The second video is about the importance of building up the organic matter in agricultural soils and the role of trees can play in agriculture.

He gave this presentation at the 2015 Trenton Woodland Conference  and at the 2016 National Farmers Union Local Northumberland Hastings and Prince Edward Annual Meeting in March.


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Workshop: beech bark disease

March 15, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Ernie Demuth from the Bancroft Miden Forest Company talks about the problems caused by Beech Bark Disease at the Winter Speakers Series workshop on the threats to and benefits from our forests. 

Beech bark disease

Workshop: wood burning technology

March 13, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Brad Leonard, Friendly Fires, Kingston spoke about woodburning technology at Hastings Stewardship's Winter Speakers Series. This was part ot the Local Wood Initiative funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. He spoke about wood stoves, chimneys, firewood, burning wood without smoke and fire safety.

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