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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. 

Golden Bough Tree Farm Open House

March 6, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Every year Golden Bough Tree farm at Marlbank host two open houses in early May during the tree planting season.

Every year Golden Bough Tree farm at Marlbank host two open houses in early May during the tree planting season. 

Golden Bough Tree Farm has been growing rare and native plants for 40 over years. Our seedlings are now mature trees in every province of Canada. The Golden Bough website is completely updated with details of the trees and shrubs available in 2015.  Prices here are remarkably low because we sell only bare-root plants.

Our trees and bushes come to you in a dormant state. When plants awake from winter, they wait a few weeks for the proper heat and light conditions to begin growth. The reverse is true in the autumn when plant metabolism slows down before freeze-up. Only during these brief weeks of dormancy can we dig, grade, pack and mail your choices. Prompt and careful planting by the customer ensures a cost-effective operation.

Event Date and Time: 
May 2, 2015 - 09:00 - 16:00
May 3, 2015 - 09:00 - 16:00
May 9, 2015 - 09:00 - 16:00
May 10, 2015 - 09:00 - 16:00


Golden Bough Tree Farm
900 Napanee Road
Marlbank, ON K0K 2L0
44° 25' 55.8372" N, 77° 6' 46.8324" W

Video: Farmer to Farmer Workshop Apple Grafting

March 4, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Else Vierich led a Farmer to Farmer Workshop in April, 2012. She showed us around her orchard (part 1) where she has heritage varieties little Early Duchess and Wolf River. We then went inside where she show us how to make a graft (part 2).She referenced a book called Fruit Tree Propagation produced by Agriculture Canada in the 1960s, which she finds to be very helpful.

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Know your farmer: Karyn Wright - heritage seeds

March 4, 2015 by Louise Livingstone


Karyn Wright,  owner of Terra Edibles and The Village Green in Foxboro talks about the heritage vegetables seeds she sells and what else she has in her unique store.The Village Green celebrated its tenth anniversary on April 30, 2011.

Know your farmer: Shaw's Eldorado Maple Syrup

March 1, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Cyril and Isabella Shaw of Madoc Township have been making maple syrup for 40 years. They have a large sugar house and custom boil sap of a group of people.

Video Know your farmer: Karen Wright, Terra Edibles

February 24, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Karen Wright runs Terra Edibles heritage seeds from The Village Green garden and gift store in Foxboro. This video  was made by Crowe Productions.

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Biochar Workshop Coming Event

February 23, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

What is biochar?

Biochar is a stable charcoal produced through burning plant matter (biomass) under zero oxygen conditions (pyrollsis). Biochar enhances soil fertility and increases production for farmers and gardeners. Biochar has beneficial links to renewable energy production and the reduction of atmospheric CO2.

Event Date and Time: 
March 12, 2015 - 19:00 - 21:30


Thurlow Community Centre
516 Harmony Road
Belleville, ON K0K1V0
44° 14' 22.8372" N, 77° 23' 27.7836" W

Join us for our Community Garden Network Growth Session.

February 23, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Interested in community gardens and increasing local action? Let’s work together to create a Community Garden Network in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

Growth session participants can expect to:

  • Gain knowledge about community gardens and their value to the local area.
  • Hear from Peterborough’s Community Garden Network Coordinator, Jill Bishop.
  • Celebrate local community garden successes and learn about local food security. 
  • Enjoy a complimentary lunch from a local caterer sourcing local food.

Register by March 18, 2015.

For more information please contact:healthycommunities [at] hpechu [dot] on [dot] ca 613-966-5500 ext. 303


Event Date and Time: 
March 26, 2015 - 09:00 - 16:00


Connon Nurseries
956 Highway #2
Trenton, ON K8V 5P5
44° 7' 54.5628" N, 77° 30' 37.242" W
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