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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. 

John Foreman Hand Hewer

December 31, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

John Foreman is an expert hand hewer. He uses three sorts of axe: the chopping axe that cuts deep for felling trees; the scoring axe for preparing the log for the broad axe by scoring a line and making chips; and a broad axe for removing the chips made by the scoring axe and smoothing the log. John builds log homes, sells hand hewn logs, gives demonstrations and runs workshops.

He is a very talented fiddle player. Check


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What is "Carbon Neutrality"?

December 24, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

The American Forest and Paper Association explain carbon neutrality in 90 seconds.

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A real tree for Christmas

December 8, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

here is still time to get a real tree for Christmas. The Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario have a very good Christmas Tree website with information about where to find a Christmas tree farm where you can cut your own tree. There is information about caring for Christmas trees 

There are many reasons for chosing a real tree. Trees take CO2 out of the atmosphere, counteracting the human use of fossil fuels. Trees also act as air pollution filters and can remove up to 13 tons of airborne pollutants per acre per year. Christmas tree farms are havens for a wide variety of bird and mammal species including grosbeaks, sparrows, chickadees, foxes, coyotes, mice, voles, and squirrels. The "edge effect" created by a stand of Christmas trees next to a woodlot or an open field is known to increase wildlife species diversity.

Saving the environment by using more wood

December 4, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

By Gray Merriam, PHD., DSc., Prof. EmeritusLandscape Ecologist

A recent study by forest ecologists at Yale University  reexamined the widespread notion that leaving trees unharvested in the forest was the best way to keep carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere, thus preventing climate change (Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, May 2014 and see J. Sustain. Forest. 2014).

Researchers at Yale's Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry pointed out that most earlier studies had not accounted for the CO2 being added to the atmosphere by the processes of making concrete or steel to substitute for wood in building construction. Earlier studies also failed to consider the uptake of CO2 as harvested forest was regrown. When these amounts are included, using wood from carefully harvested forest may be better for the environment.

Most earlier studies also did not go beyond just the CO2 accounting. Their attempt at "full-cost accounting" did not include the values of biodiversity and other forest values that are controlled by forest management. 

Earlier CO2 accounting in forestry has been biased by the tacit assumption that the most desirable forest type was homogeneous "old growth" rather than a mosaic of forest structures and functions.

A fresh view is that we have the technical tools and if we devise appropriate management policies, forest harvesting and the use of engineered wood products in building construction could reduce CO2 input to the atmosphere and enhance biodiversity and other forest values.

Gray Merriam, PHD., DSc., Prof. Emeritus Landscape Ecologist


Forestry Day

November 30, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Over 250 students took part in Forestry Day at Joy Bible Camp on May 29.

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Ontario's Food Donation Tax Credits for Farmers

November 25, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

The Ontario Association of Food Banks has information for farmers about the new Ontario's Food Donation Tax Credits for Farmers. The information is attached below.

Close Encounters with Damsels and Dragons

November 19, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Hastings County has a diverse, dragonfly community comprising over 100 different species. Dragonflies are familiar to most people, but few have witnessed firsthand the amazing diversity of colours and patterns that our dragonfly neighbours exhibit. Robert Ferguson, a retired Wildlife Biologist, uses digital photography to capture the intriguing beauty of these fascinating, predatory insects.  His detailed photographs provide an intimate look inside the colourful world of dragonflies.

Event Date and Time: 
November 24, 2014 - 19:00 - 21:00


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