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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. 

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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Golden Bough Tree Farm Annual Open House and Sale

March 8, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Golden Bough Tree Farm has its Annual Sale and Open House on April 30 and May 1 and the End of Season Clearance Sale in the following weekend May 7 and 8.  You can buy bare rooted trees and shrubs. 

Check out the Golden Bough website for more information of the wide range of native and ornamental rees and shrubs for sale. There are nut trees; hazel, hickory, edible chestnut, oak, walnut and chestnut, and fruit trees such as apple, pear, and elderberry.

At the End of Season Sale you can find over sized and left over trees and shrubs. Please note payment is in cash.

Event Date and Time: 
May 7, 2016 - 09:00 - 16:00
May 7, 2016 - 09:00 - May 8, 2016 - 16:00

Location

Golden Bough Tree Farm
900 Napanee Road
Marlbank, ON K0K 2L0
Canada
44° 26' 26.7072" N, 77° 4' 45.966" W

Workshop Farm Stewardship Lunch and Learn

February 28, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

This workshop will provide farmers with information about hot topics like climate change, soil retention and nutrient levels, best management practices, and stewardship and technical support programs.  

 

Event Date and Time: 
March 22, 2016 - 10:30 - 14:30

Location

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

Selling Food in Ontario Workshops

February 23, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Event Date and Time: 
March 22, 2016 - 09:00 - 15:30
April 5, 2016 - 09:30 - 15:30

Location

Heart of the Park
26B Station Street
Bancroft, ON K0L1C0
Canada
45° 3' 34.4628" N, 77° 51' 28.5192" W

Invasive Species Information Night

February 16, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Learn about invasive species

Join us as Alison Kirkpatrick from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters discusses invasive species on our land and in our water. She will also be talking about OFAH's new mapping system.

Event Date and Time: 
February 25, 2016 - 19:00 - 20:30

Location

Quinte Conservation
2016 Old Highway 2
Belleville, ON K8N4Z2
Canada
44° 8' 18.1716" N, 77° 25' 47.1576" W

Go west, and north, young man

February 16, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Quinte Field Naturalists invite you to hear Kyle Blaney, avid traveller, birdwatcher and nature photographer, will share stories and photos of some incredible wildlife encounters he’s experienced on an annual camping trip between his home in Belleville and his job in BC.  

Event Date and Time: 
February 22, 2016 - 19:00 - 21:00

Location

Sills Auditorium, Bridge Street United church
60 Bridge Street E,
Belleville, ON K8N 1L7
Canada
44° 9' 51.6312" N, 77° 22' 54.1812" W

Winter Speakers Series: Digging up the past

February 16, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Tom Mohr,  President, Peterborough Chapter, Ontario Archaeological Society will talk about archaeology in Eastern Ontario.

Event Date and Time: 
February 25, 2016 - 19:00 - 21:00

Location

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

Our Forests: Benefits and Threats

February 7, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Forests in rural landscapes, traditionally valued for wood and maple syrup production, are now recognized for the diverse ecological goods and services they provide. They clean our air and water, they store carbon dioxide, and much more.

Danijela Puric-Mladenovic, Landscapes Analyst with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, presents Our Forests: Benefits and Threats.

Forests provide diverse economic, social and environmental benefits to rural and urban communities across southern Ontario. While our appreciation of forest diversity and benefits has been evolving, our forests are more vulnerable and threatened than ever before in human history. Risks to our forests also have a negative impact on the livelihood of communities. Traditional ways of forest and landscape management need to change and we need to build forest and landscape resilience. Come and discuss some innovative ideas with the community.

Danijela specializes in Landscape Architecture and Urban Forestry.  She is developing innovative tools for forest conservation, land-use planning, and restoration of Ontario’s landscapes.

This triple-header also features Ernie Demuth, a member of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association and the Senior Compliance Technician for the Bancroft Minden Forest Company. He will introduce the silvicultural methods used in forestry and the challenges in dealing with Beech Bark Disease. The impacts of this disease on the hardwoods of Hastings and Haliburton Counties will be significant. 

Tim Gray, Forest Management Specialist with Forests Ontario’s 50 Million Trees Program, will give an overview of subsidised tree planting programs that provide substantial savings to landowners and deliver a high level of technical and operational assistance. Landowners will discover how they may reduce taxes on forested properties.

Come and learn all about our forests on Thursday, February 11 from 7 to 9 pm at the Huntington Veterans Community Hall, 11379 Highway 62, in Ivanhoe. An entrance fee of $5.00 per person (or a donation) will help cover costs. Children are free.

 This workshop is part of the Local Wood Initiative funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Hastings Stewardship Council promotes a healthy and sustainable environment that contributes to the viability of agricultural and natural resources in Hastings County. For more information, contact Matt Caruana at 613-391-9034 or info [at] hastingsstewardship [dot] ca.  

Event Date and Time: 
February 11, 2016 - 19:00 - 21:30

Location

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