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Sustainability

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. 

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 www.quinteconservation.ca.

                                                                                                    

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

Location

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

Let's Celebrate the Spring together

April 20, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Just as the bird's nest on a Harbin Pear branch in Winter reminds us of sunny days in May when the same tree will be in full bloom, so we at Golden Bough Tree Farm remind you that it's time NOW to plan your Spring plantings.

We invite you to click on our website www.goldenboughtrees.ca hoping it will inspire and encourage you in your planning process.

Fully updated with our offerings of bare root trees and shrubs for Spring 2014, we are now taking orders for pick up or delivery in late April or early May.

Those of you in cooler zones then our Zone 5b, will find that many of our tree species are hardy in Zone 3 and 4 and some even in Zone 2.

Those of you in warmer zones will find species that prefer milder conditions, such as Medicinal Magnolia, described on the Raraflora page.

Be sure to check out the Specials section listing Wholesale Seedlings as well as 25 Tree and 50 Tree Specials.

Mark the weekends of April 26/27 and May 3/4 on your calendar, Open House and Sale Days at Golden Bough Tree Farm.

Let's Celebrate Spring together in this wondrous year of 2014!

Golden Bough Tree FarmP.O. Box 59900 Napanee RoadMarlbank, ON K0K 2L0www.goldenboughtrees.ca

Event Date and Time: 
April 26, 2014 - 09:00 - 16:00
April 27, 2014 - 09:00 - 16:00
May 3, 2014 - 09:00 - 16:00
May 4, 2014 - 09:00 - 16:00

Location

Golden Bough Tree Farm
900 Napanee Road P.O. Box 59
Marlbank, ON K0K2L0
Canada
44° 25' 55.8372" N, 77° 6' 46.8324" W

Ontario Trillium Foundation supports Local Wood Initiative

April 20, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Thanks to a generous $193,300 3 year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), Bancroft and Area Forest Industries Association and partners, Harvest Hastings, Bancroft Area Stewardship Council and Hastings Stewardship Council are launching the Harvest Hastings Local Wood Initiative to develop a check list for the public and rural property owners to assess their greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, and will also be hosting workshops for students and community members on how to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.

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Launch of Harvest Hastings Local Wood Initiative

April 20, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Thanks to a generous $193,300 three year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), Bancroft and Area Forest Industries Association and partners, Harvest Hastings, Bancroft Area Stewardship Council and Hastings Stewardship Council are launching the Harvest Hastings Local Wood Initiative to develop a check list for the public and rural property owners to assess their greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, and will also be hosting workshops for students and community members on how to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and save energy.  

Community Trees 2014

April 18, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Community Trees 2014

Supported by

Hastings Stewardship Council and the municipalities of

Tweed

Stirling-Rawdon

Tyendinaga

Marmora and Lake

Centre Hastings

City of Belleville

 

Trees are free in limited quantities to residents of these municipalities.

Donations will be accepted in support of Hastings Stewardship Council programs.

Trees will be available at the following locations and dates:

 

Sat., April 26

Melrose – Tyendinaga municipal office

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Sat., April 26

Madoc – Hastings Arts Centre

8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sat., May 3

Belleville – Market Square

8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sat., May 3

Tweed – Memorial Park on Stoco Lake (coincides with Trash Bash in Tweed followed by a BBQ)

8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sat., May 3

Marmora – Memorial Park (Hwy 7 west of lights)

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sat., May 3

Stirling – Covered Bridge

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

 

For more information contact:

Matt Caruana at 613-391-9034 or

Email: info [at] hastingstewardship [dot] ca

Event Date and Time: 
April 26, 2014 - 08:00 - 11:00
May 3, 2014 - 08:00 - 11:00
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