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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. 

Purple Onion Festival

September 1, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

The Purple Onion Festival is a celebration of our local community, a more resilient and sustainable one, one that supports our local farmers and locally owned businesses by building relationships with them, by making connections and by living more locally. Such changing lifestyles ultimately result in more local jobs and a lower carbon footprint for our entire community.

Event Date and Time: 
September 21, 2014 - 11:00 - 16:00

Hunters' Information Night

August 28, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Hunters' Night

Event Date and Time: 
September 11, 2014 - 18:00 - 21:00

Uens Horse Logging

August 27, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Jim Uens and his son Kenny demostrate horse logging at the Trenton Woodlot Conference, November 2013. The conference each year is organized by the Hastings Stewardship Council and other local stewardship councils.

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Students see many benefits from living with trees

August 27, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Two hundred and fifty grade seven and eight students helped the Local Wood Initiative team by brainswarming the benetits of living with trees at the  BAFIA Forestry Day a t Joy Bible Camp on May 28, 2014. Each student wrote down what they thought were the benefits of trees and forests to them, uses of wood and jobs they coud think of related to forestry and wood. Together they came up with great lists.

Jessica Kaknevicius of Forests Ontario did a similar project when she asked girl guides in Toronto what they loved about trees. They said trees helps them breath, provides shade, are beautiful, gives us nature and stuff, provides maple syrup, fruit, beauty and are good for climbing.

 

 
Benefits of Trees and Forests

Cover Crops

August 27, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Farmer to farmer workshop on cover crops. We have arranged a visit to Kaiser Lake Farms on the afternoon of September 11. Eric Kaiser and his son Max will discuss how they use cover crops to improve soil fertility, add organic matter to the soil and suppress weeds. They grow their own clover, radish, peas and other seeds. If you are interested in coming please contact us at info [at] harvesthastings [dot] ca.

Event Date and Time: 
September 11, 2014 - 14:00 - 17:00

Local Wood Initiative: find out more

August 26, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Keywords: 
Sustainable forestry, cut greenhouse gas emissions

The Local Wood Initiative raises awareness about the multiple benefits we gain from woods and trees in terms of locking up carbon, improving the environment and the local economy.  The initiative promotes sustainable management of privately owned woods, the use of firewood and locally grown timber, and energy conservation in the home.  

 

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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