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Sustainability Resources

Harvest Hastings is about living lightly on the land. Sustainability Resources has sections on land stewardship, tree planting, managing woods and wildlife at  Caring for Land; discussion about Climate Change; you can 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 contact information about local organizations as well as provincial ones.

Check Coming Events to find workshops, agricultural events, community meals and much more. 

Falcons: airport wildlife managers

January 25, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

 airport wildlife managers

Event Date and Time: 
January 28, 2016 - 19:00 - 21:00

Farms at Work Annual Farm Stewardship Workshop

January 22, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear knowledgeable speakers on current topics

Highlights for this full-day workshop include:

  • Changing Climate and Agriculture: Featuring OFA president Don McCabe and U of Guelph Professor and Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production Ralph Martin 
  • Priority invasive plants impacting farms in the Kawarthas
  • Local Source Water Protection updates
  • Stewardship funding sources and technical support for on-farm projects

Ticket purchase includes a hot lunch. Satellite farm maps will be available on request at no charge.

Register online at, or contact Farms at Work at info [at] farmsatwork [dot] ca or at (705) 743-7671 for more information.

Event Date and Time: 
February 6, 2016 - 09:30 - 15:00


West Dale United Church
1509 Sherbrooke St.
Peterborough, ON K9J6X4
44° 17' 26.8656" N, 78° 21' 58.3488" W

Video Farmer to Farmer Workshop Growing Asparagus

January 16, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

 On June 16,2012 Jack Ketcheson lead aHarvest Hastings workshop on growing asparagus at J. and B.Farm on Fish and Game Club Road in Quinte West.

See video

Native Plants for the garden

January 11, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Peter Fuller, owner of Fuller Native and Rare Plants in Belleville, will discuss the benefits of using native plants in your garden, introduce the plants which are best for sustaining pollinators and birds and explain how to go about propagating native plants yourself.

This is organized by Quinte Field Naturalists. All welcome, by donation.


Event Date and Time: 
January 25, 2016 - 19:00 - 21:00


Sills Auditorium
60 Bridge Street East Bridge Street United Church
Belleville, ON K8N1L7
44° 9' 51.6312" N, 77° 22' 54.1812" W

Traceability Workshop

January 11, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

This free one plus half day workshop will focus on how you can gain a competitive advantage and improve your bottom line with your traceability system. Real life examples and business profiles focused on traceability best practices will be examined throughout the workshop. Learn how to assess your current traceability system to identify gaps, and methods to improve your traceability system in order to gain added value through reduced costs, improved profit margins and increased market potential.  Lunch is NOT provided so please bring your own. Refreshments and snacks will be available. 

eric [dot] lawlor [at] ontariosoilcrop [dot] org 

Register on the Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association website:

Note: this is the only Traceability workshop in this area for this winter.

You can also register on this website for the Environmental Farm Plan Workshop Feb 1 and 8, 2016 at the Thurlow Community Centre and the Growing Your Farm Profits Workshop March 9 and 16, 2016 in Roblin (just north of Napanee). Educational workshop completions are now a requirement for most GF2 funding and EFP and GYFP workshops must be done every 5 years to be eligible for funding.
Eric Lawlor
Workshop Leader
Eric [dot] Lawlor [at] ontariosoilcrop [dot] org
Tel: 1(289) 251-3042
Event Date and Time: 
January 27, 2016 - 10:00 - 16:00
February 3, 2016 - 10:00 - 13:00


Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre
116 Industrial Park Road
Colbourne, ON K0K1S0
44° 1' 6.4164" N, 77° 53' 31.6392" W

Environmental Farm Plan (fourth edition) workshops

January 11, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Producers are invited to attend FREE (fourth edition) Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) two-day workshops to assess your farm business, learn more about on-farm environmental best management practices, develop Action Plans and learn more about cost-sharing opportunities. We provide workshop materials and snacks. Please bring your own lunch.

Questions?  Eric Lawlor 289-251-3042
Event Date and Time: 
February 1, 2016 - 10:00 - 16:00
February 8, 2016 - 10:00 - 15:00


Gerry Masterton Community Centre
516 Harmony Road
Belleville, ON K0K1V0
44° 14' 23.3628" N, 77° 23' 29.8284" W

Latest Wood Burning Technology, Wood Hygiene and Alternative Energy

January 6, 2016 by Louise Livingstone

Brad Leonard from Friendly Fires will share his knowledge all things wood burning. Bring a piece of your firewood and Brad will test moisture content.

Event Date and Time: 
January 14, 2016 - 19:00 - 21:00


Huntingdon Veterans Memorial Hall
11379 Hwy 62
Ivanhoe, ON K0K2K0
44° 23' 46.05" N, 77° 28' 16.68" W
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