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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. 

Off the grid at Earth Haven Farm

January 13, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

The following video was created by Amanda Cheung, a student of photo journalism at Loyalist College. This is a brief video that speaks to our sustainable lifestyle here on Earth Haven Farm. For more details about Earth Haven Farm visit our website at

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Fuller Native Plants

January 8, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Peter Fuller  of Fuller Native and Rare Plants propagates and grows perennials, ferns, grasses, shrubs and trees native within a 100-mile radius of the nursery as well as a variety of unusual hardy plants. He probably has one of the most comprehensive collections of native flowers, grasses, ferns, shrubs and trees in the province.

His services include property consultations, plants for naturalizing/shorelines, customized plant collections, and seeds of native plants.

"We practise ethical seed collection and propagate all plants at the nursery," said Fuller.  "We promote the conservation of wild plants and the maintenance of genetic diversity in plant populations."  

The nursery grows heritage tomato plants in the spring as well as a collection of unusual perennials hardy in our region.  A number of display gardens at the nursery are open to the public.

Peter Fuller, plantsman, musician and birder
 Echinacea pallida
Penstemon fruticosus (Shrubby Penstemon)
Sarracenia purpurea (Pitcher Plant)
Fuller Native and Rare Plants
Lycaena hyllus Bronze copper butterfly


Fuller Native and Rare Plants

Kawartha Farm Stewardship Collaborative 3rd Annual Farm Stewardship Workshop

January 7, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Kawartha Farm Stewardship Collaborative presents: 3rd Annual Farm Stewardship Workshop

 The Kawartha Farm Stewardship Collaborative (KFSC) invites farmers and landowners to attend the 3rd Annual Kawartha Farm Stewardship Workshop on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at Rolling Hills Public School in Bethany (20 minutes west of Peterborough). The event is designed to celebrate the stewardship achievements of the past year, and to educate the farming public about the resources available to support on-farm stewardship. 

This full-day workshop will feature presentations by farmers and industry professionals on topics such as:  

  • Practical strategies for reducing neonictinoid use (Greg Stewart, OMAFRA)
  • Creative options and solutions for livestock watering
  • The benefits of wetlands and biofilters in farm drainage
  • The 4 R's of Nutrient Stewardship
  • Funding and technical support for farmers
Tickets to the event are $25/person and include a hot lunch. Pre-registration is required, and those who sign up before January 19th will receive a complementary satellite map of their farm property. Door prizes include 10 chances to win $100 towards on-farm soil testing.
For registration details and tickets, visit For more information, please contact Holly Shipclark: (705) 328-2271 x240hshipclark [at] kawarthaconservation [dot] com.

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Event Date and Time: 
February 7, 2015 - 09:00 - 16:30


Rolling Hills Public School
694 7A Hwy
Manvers, ON L0A1A0

Climate change blues

January 7, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

 Inner transition skills for heart and soul in a climate-changed world with Cheri Lyon

Global warming, species extinction, fossil fuel and economic crises take their emotional/spiritual toll on many levels – fear, grief, melancholy, or even excitement at imagining new futures. Exploring and sharing our responses can cultivate new skills for a more resilient self and community.

Conversations to connect your needs and what Transition Town Peterborough can to do for inner resilience to get us through the “climate change blues”

Cheryl Lyon is a Transition Town Peterborough volunteer, community activist and professional facilitator using group practices that elicit people's gifts and intelligence to identify and act on their own needs. 

Please join us for a lively, interactive experience. $5 or pay what you can, preferably in Kawartha Loons

Pre-registration is requested. 

Contact Patricia 705-876-6873 or patremy [at] bluewin [dot] ch 

The Transition Skills Forum is an all-volunteer initiative of Transition Town Peterborough

relocalize, reskill, resilience. ttpeterborough [at] gmail [dot] com



Event Date and Time: 
January 13, 2015 - 18:30 - 20:30


Sadlier House
751 George Street North
Peterborough, ON K9H3T2
44° 19' 1.9524" N, 78° 19' 11.4276" W

Starting or growing a food business

January 6, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Starting or growing a food business - find out more.

Starting or growing a food business

Saving our living dinosaurs

January 4, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Turtles are among the oldest living creatures on Earth but today seven of Ontario’s eight turtle species are at risk.  Find out how the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre works to heal and protect our living dinosaurs.   Quinte Field Naturalists meeting.

Event Date and Time: 
March 23, 2015 - 19:00 - 21:00


Sill Auditorium
60 Bridge Street East
Belleville, ON K8N 1L7
44° 9' 52.1028" N, 77° 22' 53.4684" W

Quinte Field Naturalists Annual Meeting with Terry Sprague

January 4, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Quinte Field Naturalists host their annual dinner with speaker Terry Sprague.

Terry Sprague, "Pied Piper of Nature" from Kingston to Cobourg, has enjoyed almost 40 years as a naturalist.  Over his long career he has introduced scores of people to the joys and mysteries of the natural world through weekly newspaper articles, presentations, tours and hikes. 

In 2011, Watershed Magazine selected Terry as one of only ten “Home Town Heroes,” for his passion and dedication to “Nature Stuff”.  Now entertaining thoughts of retirement, Terry will look back on his career and share some of the stories and misadventures he has collected during his years on the trail. 

Location St. Mark’s United Church, 237 Cannifton Road North, Belleville. 

Buffet Dinner (including vegetarian options) 

Tickets $25 per person.  Call Doug Newfield  (613)477-3066

Event Date and Time: 
April 27, 2015 - 18:00 - 21:00

Ontario Special Bird Areas

January 4, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Hastings Stewardship Council Winter Speaker Series

Mike Burrell, Bird Study Canada - Ontario Special Bird Areas and E.Birds.

$5.00 entrance fee includes coffee, tea  and cookies. 

Event Date and Time: 
March 5, 2015 - 19:00 - 21:00


Huntingdon Veterans Community Hall Ivanhoe, ON K0K 2K0
44° 23' 52.8" N, 77° 28' 8.4" W

A walk on the wet side

January 4, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

The benefits and inhabitants of wetlands will be explored on a virtual hike with Pamela Stagg, Naturalist and radio host of The County, Naturally.  A Quinte Field Naturalists meeting.

Event Date and Time: 
January 26, 2015 - 19:00 - 21:30


Sills Auditorium
60 Bridge Street East Bridge Street United Church
Belleville, ON K8N1L7
44° 9' 52.1028" N, 77° 22' 53.4684" W
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