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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. 

Hunters' Information Night

August 28, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Hunters' Night

Event Date and Time: 
September 11, 2014 - 18:00 - 21:00

Uens Horse Logging

August 27, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Jim Uens and his son Kenny demostrate horse logging at the Trenton Woodlot Conference, November 2013. The conference each year is organized by the Hastings Stewardship Council and other local stewardship councils.

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Students see many benefits from living with trees

August 27, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Two hundred and fifty grade seven and eight students helped the Local Wood Initiative team by brainswarming the benetits of living with trees at the  BAFIA Forestry Day a t Joy Bible Camp on May 28, 2014. Each student wrote down what they thought were the benefits of trees and forests to them, uses of wood and jobs they coud think of related to forestry and wood. Together they came up with great lists.

Jessica Kaknevicius of Forests Ontario did a similar project when she asked girl guides in Toronto what they loved about trees. They said trees helps them breath, provides shade, are beautiful, gives us nature and stuff, provides maple syrup, fruit, beauty and are good for climbing.

 

 
Benefits of Trees and Forests

Cover Crops

August 27, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Farmer to farmer workshop on cover crops. We have arranged a visit to Kaiser Lake Farms on the afternoon of September 11. Eric Kaiser and his son Max will discuss how they use cover crops to improve soil fertility, add organic matter to the soil and suppress weeds. They grow their own clover, radish, peas and other seeds. If you are interested in coming please contact us at info [at] harvesthastings [dot] ca.

Event Date and Time: 
September 11, 2014 - 14:00 - 17:00

Local Wood Initiative: find out more

August 26, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Keywords: 
Sustainable forestry, cut greenhouse gas emissions

The Local Wood Initiative raises awareness about the multiple benefits we gain from woods and trees in terms of locking up carbon, improving the environment and the local economy.  The initiative promotes sustainable management of privately owned woods, the use of firewood and locally grown timber, and energy conservation in the home.  

 

Know your farmer: Dale Grant says cows are built to eat hay

August 21, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Hastings Stewardship Council member Dale Grant describes his balanced approach to rearing cattle and producing top quality beef for the restaurant trade and for the local market. He farms in Stirling-Rawdon and Quinte West with his wife Fay and son Mark. he discusses how he feeds his cattle a balence diet of largely grass and hay with some corn to finish them.

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Explore local food

August 16, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

August is the month to explore Hastings County and enjoy the harvest; beans, zucchini, chard, kale, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, blueberries, raspberries, early apples like Paula red and much more. It is amazing the variety of produce grown locally.

How about going on a local food treasure hunt exploring the countryside and getting to know the farmers.  We have eight farmers' markets in Hastings County all are open on Saturday morning, and many are open on another day during the week. We have more and more farm stands with a mixture of locally grown produce and some with fruits for elsewhere in Ontario.

Farmers are experimenting with growing new varieties, such as blue potatoes, heritage tomatoes and long Japanese beans. Some producers are keen to show you their garden and show you how they grow the vegetables. Check to see when they are open or call to make an appointment.

Find out about the farmgate stands. Go to Where to Buy and put in Farmgate Stand. Click on the dot and get more information about the farms and the markets. Some of them are mentioned below.

Sue Wander Vey and the Vivialis family have a new farm stand on Marlbank Road.

Carson Tribble has his Marshhill Farm stand at the Reid’s Dairy car park and outside his farm on Marsh Hill Road. Janet Hamilton has her long establish farm stand on Hamilton Road and Sue Vander Bosch of WillowCreek Farms has stands at Tucker’s Corners and the farm on the Frankford Road. Jeff Grimson has a farmgate stand on Will Johnson Road, Frankford and is also at the Front Street Market. Janet and Henry Ellenburger grow potatoes and vegetables at their farm in Coe Hill. You can call ahead and get vegetables from Bea Heissler at Natural Themes Farms or Linda and Frank Huizenga at Fralin Acres on the Moira Road.

 You can meet Jarrett Switzer at the Bancroft Farmers Market or call him and go direct to the farm. Diana McPherson of Grills Orchards has new season apples, vegetables, local meat, fresh baking and homemade fudge. You can take a pick at their orchard and see how the apples are ripening. West Moira Orchards on Moira Road have vegetable and fruit, and The Apple Store on Highway 14 north of Stirling has apples, Maple Dale Cheese, and meats and frozen pies. You can still get blueberries for Kellys Berries in Maynouth and high bush blueberries for Wilson’s Organic Blueberries in Tweed. Please remember to call ahead. Brambleberry Farm at near Wooler has a variety of berries,

Nadine and Diane Richter have sweet corn at Richter Greenhouse at Foxboro and Tony Singarajah has a corn stand just south of Tweed. He is hosting a Sweet Corn Fiesta on August 30 with live music and lots of games.

Elly Finlayson-Blanchard has good crop of many types of garlic this year. She is at the Belleville Farmers' Market most Saturdays and you can also order garlic online at http://www.railwaycreekfarms.com.

Our Backyard Feast from Farm

August 15, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

A culinary event in Tweed pairing professional chefs with our local producers. Celebrity chefs prepare samples for taste testing, brews and wines, farmers' markets and much more. Facebook Backyard Feast from Fields. 

Price $10

Event Date and Time: 
September 28, 2014 - 11:00 - 16:00

Location

Memorial Park
43 Victoria Street
Tweed, ON K0K3J0
Canada
44° 28' 31.2204" N, 77° 18' 39.006" W

La Via Campesina in Movement... Food Sovereignty now!

August 12, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Watch this 20 minutes film and show it to your neighbours, friends, community, local organization, in a cultural center, a film festival, a demonstration... You can organize a film screening followed by a discussion where you can invite local farmers, local authorities and anyone interested.

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