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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. 

Video Farmer to Farmer Workshop Growing Asparagus

October 26, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

 On June 16,2012 Jack Ketcheson lead aHarvest Hastings workshop on growing asparagus at J. and B.Farm on Fish and Game Club Road in Quinte West.

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Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference

October 22, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Creativity + Collaboration = Action!

Only two weeks left – REGISTER NOW!

The Cities of Belleville and Quinte West, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, are proud to host the 5th Annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference on November 4th and 5th.

This year’s conference offers delegates the opportunity to join the Quinte Region Local Food Tour with stops at La Cultura Salumi, Grills Orchards, The Ontario Water Buffalo Company, Maple Dale Cheese, Reid’s Dairy and Donini Chocolate. Following the tour delegates will be treated to a ‘Taste of Quinte’ reception at the Travelodge Belleville, the conference venue.

“The tour will showcase the incredible diversity of food produced in the Quinte Region, and allow delegates to experience food from the farm to the factory. It’s a really unique experience that places local food and food processing into context,” explains conference co-host Angela Bell, Development Research Assistant, Economic Development, City of Belleville.

The tour is a popular component of the conference and space is now limited. Online registration is open at<>. Attendees can register for the full conference, including the Quinte Region Local Food Tour and Reception scheduled for Nov. 4th, or just for the conference on the 5th.

The full day conference on November 5th will focus on creative and collaborative opportunities to advance local food as part of our local economies. New to this year’s conference are mini-mentorship sessions with local food business specialists where you can learn more about food processing business development, food safety, small business loans, training, funding and much more.

The conference program begins with keynote speaker, Cory Van Groningen of VG Meats. Cory will share his story, as well as thoughts on how to attract and retain youth in agriculture, develop value chains, foster innovation and promote local food.

Following the keynote, delegates will be energized and inspired in a fast-paced “ignite-style” session where they will hear from 10 local food heroes who will share their successes. Six concurrent afternoon sessions are available to choose from. These sessions will cover successful collaborations, building successful retail-supplier relationships, opportunities in Urban Agriculture, new farmers and programs supporting them, food safety and how to spot emerging market opportunities.

In addition to these great sessions and a full day of networking, delegates will be treated to a Local Food Lunch featuring locally sourced dishes. A Trade show will also be a feature of the conference.

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Find out how to manage your woodlot sustainably

October 1, 2015 by Louise Livingstone



Do you want to find out more about your woodlot and sustainable forestry? You can learn from the experts at the upcoming Managing Your Woodlot course.  As part of the Local Wood Initiative, Hastings Stewardship Council and BAFIA (Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association), with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, are running a three-session course on managing your woodlot. The course, led by David Smallwood and Steve Pitt, has two evening sessions and one outdoor class. The outdoor class will allow you to put into practice the techniques and decision-making processes covered in class.

Participants will learn much of what they need to know to manage their woodlots in a sustainable manner. Whatever their personal objectives, woodlot owners have a responsibility to keep their woodlots healthy and productive for their children and grandchildren. Woodlot owners can do much to safeguard and enhance their woodlots.

The natural forest cover of Eastern Ontario consists mostly of hardwoods, with some conifer species. Trees play a vital role sequestering carbon, by taking up carbon dioxide in photosynthesis and releasing oxygen. They provide wood, purify the air and provide a habitat for a huge variety of insects, birds, mammals and reptiles. Woodlots and forestry provide jobs and are an important part of Ontario’s economy.

“The important environmental functions of woodlots can be maintained, and in many cases, improved with active management that may result in financial return,” said David Smallwood.

The course is intensive and will give an understanding of many of the issues that need to be considered when managing a woodlot sustainably. The first session covers the history of forestry in Eastern Ontario, from the melting of the glaciers, the impact of the First Nations on the land, to the pioneers and land clearance. It covers different forest stand types, from upland hardwoods, to treed woods, to coniferous plantations.

The value of coming up with a forest management plan is that one knows what one has, can set goals and then set out how to reach them. These goals may include collecting fuel wood, promoting wildlife, managing for recreation or harvesting lumber.

Woodlands are a vital part of the landscape, and it is important to understand how your property fits in. Making an inventory is the first step. Identifying crop trees is important to ensure a good seed source.

If you want to harvest wood for lumber or firewood, there are many things to consider, not only which trees to take and which to retain. Before selling standing timber, it is important to do some research. Consider getting bids from different reputable contractors and be sure to have a contract in place. Check with BAFIA, as the members follow a code of good sustainable forestry practice. The Ontario Worker Safety Act needs to be considered, as does insurance coverage. There is a lot of planning to do. 

Dave Smallwood and Steve Pitt will cover all this in the Managing Your Woodlot Sustainably course and will also let you know where to find more resources.

You can register at or by calling Matt Caruana (613) 391-9034. The cost is $50 for an individual or $75 for a couple.

Course dates:

Wednesday, October 21, 6 - 9 p.m. Huntingdon Veterans Community Hall, Ivanhoe

Wednesday, October 28, 6 - 9 p.m. Huntingdon Veterans Community Hall, Ivanhoe

Saturday, October 31, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location to be announced.

Hastings County and Quinte Region Cultural Summit

September 25, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Cultural Summit

Event Date and Time: 
October 6, 2015 - 09:00 - 16:00
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