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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. 

Tree Planting workshop in Maynooth

February 10, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Trees Ontario, in partnership BAFIA, Bancroft Area Stewardship Council, Hastings Stewardship Council and Harvest Hastings, is hosting a free tree planting workshop for landowners in Maynooth. 

The workshop will offer information on forest management and stewardship, tree planting subsidies and other financial incentives for establishing and managing your forests.

Please Register


Event Date and Time: 
February 28, 2015 - 13:30 - 16:00


Maynooth Community Centre,
33090 Hwy 62 N
Maynooth, ON K0K2S0
45° 14' 16.2564" N, 77° 55' 59.3364" W

Dollars and Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System

February 9, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Dollars and Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System has two objectives. First, to better understand the economic and environmental impacts of regional food systems. Second, to assess how increasing regional food production and distribution would affect the larger food system, including businesses that supply farmers, food processors and distributors, as well as retailers and food service operations.

Among the report findings:

Reducing the top ten fruit and vegetable imports by 10 percent and expanding local production would help create 3,400 jobs and boost the province’s GDP by nearly a quarter billion dollars.

Transitioning 10 percent of food consumption to organic would improve farm incomes and reduce the environmental impact of food production.

The report was researched and written by Econometric Research Limited, Harry Cummings & Associates, and Rod MacRae, PhD. It was produced with support from the Metcalf Foundation, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. 

Simmental offers a complete package to the beef industry.

February 7, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Video about the value of the Simmental breed prepared by the Ontario Simmental Assocaition.

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Bancroft Forestry Day

February 3, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

One June 7, 2012, over 150 students from the Bancroft area had an opportunity to participate in Forestry Day- a day dedicated to promoting the importance of forestry to the Bancroft area. Students spent the day outside learning about navigation, tree marking, tree ID, harvesting, tree planting and wood products. Forestry Day was put together by the Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association.

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Wood chip heating system (Scotland)

February 3, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

This video is about heating a large building in the Highlands of Scotland using a wood chip boiler. Wood chips require less processing than pellets. It is made by Highland Birchwoodsoriginally established to enhance the role of native woodlands in the Highland landscape, economy and wider culture and we are still primarily concerned with the development and management of functional woodland ecosystems which support functional local communities.

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