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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. 

Back to School Sale in aid of Gleaners

July 22, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Event Date and Time: 
August 24, 2014 - 09:00 - 16:00

Sweet Corn Fiesta in support of BGH

July 21, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

his is a fundraising event and the potion of the proceeds from the event on August 30 will be donated to the  (Belleville General Hospital BGH Foundation.

This event is filled with fun activities for all ages. Open at 4 p.m. or even even earlier. Children: petting zoo, face paining, baloon craft, pony ridepopcorn, cotton candy..... Young adult: Volley ball tournament ,(posible beach volley ball) Food: Wild game burgers with corn. Concert by the local legend in the making,  Tony Silvestri and the band. starts at 8:00pm - 12pm. 

5893 Hwy 37, across from Esker Rd, 6km south of the Village of Tweed, and 28km north of 401 on Hwy 37. Keep watching or changes and information on Corn Roast Fiesta.

Event Date and Time: 
August 30, 2014 - 16:00 - 23:30

Location

Singalong Farm
5897 Highway 37
Tweed, ON K0K 3J0
Canada
44° 29' 48.3" N, 77° 18' 15.2136" W

Tree seed forecasting

July 19, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Trees produce flowers in the spring, but often they are so small they go unnoticed. One notices a red maple aflame with red flowers before the leaves come out and pinky red flower of the butternut. We know  to look of the male catkins of the birch and  pussy willow, one needs to look carefully for others..

 

Hastings Meat Market Abattoir and Retail Store are open

July 17, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

At a time when small abattoirs in rural Ontario are closing we are amazing fortunate a new one opening. Elmer and Eva Widemen who live near Stirling, bought the former Hastings County Meat Packers. After many months of renovation  they have reopened as Hastings Meat Market. 

Look for local wood at you local building suppliers.

July 9, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

People are getting interested in buying local products as it support the producers and the money goes back into the community. The message is use wood, and where possible use local Ontario grown wood.

Not everyone realizes what huge contributions forestry makes to the Ontario economy and to the health of our environment.

“Jan Woodlands are doing some Ontario Wood "on product" labeling of the Pressure Treated Red Pine that we supply to stores like RONA,” said Larry McTaggart of Jan Woodland (2001) Inc., which is now part of Lebel Cambium.

“On the label we identify the Ontario mill, Freymond Lumber, Bancroft or Ben Hokums and Sons Ltd., Killaloe, that produced the rough sawn red pine we use and the Ontario mill, Jan Woodlands in Bancroft, where we added the extra value by dressing and treating the red pine.”

Wood is treated to protect it against rot and insect damage and therefore extend the life of the lumberand the time the carbon in the wood is locked up.

It is getting easier to find local wood. The green leaf Ontario Wood logo is about making it easier to identify wood produced or processed in Ontario, but it is still a bit of a treasure hunt. Make sure you ask where the wood comes from, what quality it is and if it comes from sustainably managed forests.

 

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