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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. 

Colleen Drew Baehre is a teacher who matters

June 29, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Colleen Drew Baehre is a teacher who matters. In 2012 she was honoured by TVO for her work with the North Hastings Environmentlal Research and Development Studies (NERDS) program at North Hastings Secondary School, Bancroft.

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Fibre Arts Day at Farmtown Park

June 24, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

The third annual Fibre Arts Day at Farmtown Park is on Sunday, July 6 for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and watch these skilled artisans at work. Some of them use fibre produced on their farm. Marj Brady of Amazing Graze Alpaca produces high quality yarn either spun at a mill or by herself on a spinning wheel.  Wendy Pullen of Thistle Dew Farm in Tyendinaga has sheep. The Belleville Spinners and Weavers will be there demstrating a range of crafts.

Plan to spend the whole day and enjoy visiting  all the displays at the museum. Check

Event Date and Time: 
July 6, 2014 - 10:00 - 17:00


Farmtown Park
437 West Front Street
Stirling, ON K0K 3E0
44° 17' 38.2416" N, 77° 33' 19.7712" W

Celebrate the first hastkap harvest in Hastings County

June 23, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

James and Audrey Pott invite you to their first harvest of haskap berries on Thurdsay June 27 at 7 p.m.

We're celebrating the introduction of the first harvest ever of haskaps in the county with an eat as much as you want,free of charge on Thursday night. Gathering at the old shack on Hwy 62, just north west of Foxboro Foodland 7.00 o'clock. Bring your kids.
Charge is only for what you take home. Haskaps sell for $1.- per 100 grm.
Nobody has to buy anything.
Event Date and Time: 
June 27, 2014 - 19:00 - 21:00


Palliser Downs
98 Frankford Road
Foxboro,, ON K0K 2B0
44° 14' 34.5588" N, 77° 27' 31.4064" W

Trenton Woodlot Conference

June 11, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

While the details remain to be finalized, it looks like we have a really exciting, full line up for our 25th annual conference. Our keynote speaker will be author, scientist and environmentalist Diana Beresford- Kroeger. Her current projects include 10 Trees That Can Save the World and a new book, “The Sweetness of a Simple Life - Tips for Healthier, Happier and Kinder Living Gleaned from the Science and Wisdom of Nature”.

Peter Hynard, a registered professional forester with over 40 years of experience in forest management and forest management planning will be giving a talk on the historical forces that have shaped our forests today and how information can be gathered about them. Peter is an engaging speaker who gives a thoughtful and interesting perspective on forest history.

After a catered lunch, conference attendees can choose to either attend a field trip, or attend the afternoon speaker session.

The field trip will be to the Frink Centre and will include guided walks conducted by the following:

  • Tim Trustham, Quinte Conservation Ecologist and Planner, on Tree ID with Twigs and Bark
  • Maya Navrot, Conservation Education Coordinator on the history of the Frink Centre, as well as partnerships and roles within the Frink Centre
  • Martin Straite of the MNR, who will provide an update on the emerald ash borer
  • Vicky Wolfrey of the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority, who will share her expertise on Benthic and Riparian forest health

The afternoon speakers include will include:

  • Ewa Bednarczuk, ecology and stewardship specialist for Lower Trent Conservation: Murray Marsh - Amazon of the Trent.
  • Rob Spence of the MNR: MFTIP (Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program)
  • Dave Smallwood, Forestry and Field Operations Manager for Quinte Conservation: small scale forest operations, harvesting sustainably for firewood and forest health
Event Date and Time: 
November 21, 2014 - 09:00 - 16:00

North Hastings students recognize the benefits of living with trees

June 5, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Two hundred and fifty grade seven and eight students helped the Local Wood Initiative team by brainswarming the beneftits of living with trees at the  BAFIA Forestry Day at Joy Bible Camp on May 28, 2014. Each student wrote down the importance of trees and forests to them, how they use wood and any job they coud think of related to trees. 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 nature and stuff, provides maple syrup, fruit, beauty and are good for climbing.

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