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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. 

Stirling Farmers Market opens at Train Station May 3

May 2, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

The Stirling Farmers Market has a new home at 122 North St, outside the Grand Trunk Railway Station. The season will get underway May 3 and run through to Oct 25. The seasonal rate is $60.00 for vendors,  the half season rate is $40.00 and the daily rate is $15.00.  We have a few fundraisers taking place again this year. 

Event Date and Time: 
May 3, 2014 - 08:00 - 12:00

Front Street Farmers Market, Trenton, opens at beginning of May

May 2, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

The Quinte West Farmers' Market is located on Front Street along the Trent River waterfront in downtown Trenton.

The Farmers' Market is held annually on  Thursdays and Saturdays of each week from the first Saturday in May until the first Saturday in November. Market hours are from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on each market day.

Event Date and Time: 
May 3, 2014 - 07:00 - 14:00

Quinte Conservation warning local municipalities about the emerald ash borer

April 28, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

 Quinte Conservation will be warning local municipalities about the dangers of the Emerald Ash Borer.  The decision was made at last week’s board meeting.  Communications Manager Jennifer May-Anderson says, “The Quinte Conservation watersheds are now in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Emerald Ash Borer regulated area.  We could see an infestation within the next five to ten years. Developing an Emerald Ash Borer management plan is essential to maintaining tree cover within built up areas and minimizing associated costs of the infestation.”

May-Anderson adds, “Our board wants to inform our municipalities about the risks of an Emerald Ash Borer infestation so they can create a plan to address this serious issue that makes the most sense for each of them.”

 There are many ash trees along municipal streets, in municipal parks and green spaces within cities, towns and villages in the Quinte Conservation watersheds.  Once the beetle appears in a community, it spreads rapidly.  Trees attacked by the Emerald Ash Borer typically die within one to three years. Costs associated with an Emerald Ash Borer infestation include the treatment, removal, and replacement of trees.

Benefits of urban trees include the provision of oxygen, reduction of pollution, conservation of water, prevention of soil erosion, provision of food and shelter for wildlife and moderation of climate. Trees also increase property values and contribute to the quality of life in a neighbourhood.  Ash has a high tolerance of salt, poor soils and air pollution, which makes it a valuable component of the urban forest.

In 2002 the Emerald Ash Borer was first detected in Ontario near Windsor.  As of March 2014 there have been no confirmed cases of Emerald Ash Borer in Hastings, Prince Edward, and Lennox and Addington Counties.  It has been confirmed in Northumberland and Frontenac Counties.

 Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency.  It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County.  It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership.  Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony.  More information about Quinte Conservation is available at


For more information contact:

Jennifer May-AndersonCommunications Manager

(613) 968-3434 ext. 125 or (613) 354-3312 ext. 125


Farmer to farmer: selling meat locally

April 24, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Find out what you need to know if you want to sell meat produced on your farm, whether you are wanting to sell through a local store, at a farmers' market or from the farm gate. Joe Koza, Regional Manager for the Meat Inspection Program Management Team Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, and John Cannan, Senior Health Inspector, Hastings Prince Edward Counties Health Unit, are running a workshop on May 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Springbrook Old Municipal Building in Springbrook. Presented byHarvest Hastings.

For information or to register, please contact Louise Livingstone by phone at (613) 395-4388 or by email info [at] harvesthastings [dot] ca.

Event Date and Time: 
May 9, 2014 - 14:00 - 17:00


Old Municipal Office
Springbrook Road
Springbrook, ON K0K 3C0
44° 24' 25.2108" N, 77° 34' 57.216" W
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