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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. 

Video: Threshing circa 1870

November 15, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Roy Rogers from Loyalist Township, Ontario, demonstrates threshing oats with his circa 1870 ground hog threshing machine  built by the Desjardins Company of Saint-André-de-Kamouraska. He was at the Hastings County Farm Show and Plowing Match 2012. He is a member of the Quinte Antique Tractor Club, which based at Farmtown Park home of the Hastings County Museum of Agricultural Heritage. 

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Join Quinte Conservation for World Wide GIS Day

November 3, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

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Join us as Quinte Conservation’s GIS specialists show you GIS mapping in action and learn about geocaching to celebrate World Wide GIS Day. Quinte Conservation will be holding an open house style information session open to everyone on November 18 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at their office in Belleville.

 

Communications Manager Jennifer May-Anderson explains, “GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems. GIS isa computer system that captures, stores, and checks data that is related to a location on the Earth’s surface. We canuse these systems to show many different kinds of data on one map. This allows our staff to see, analyze, andunderstand relationships and patterns in our watersheds.”

 

May-Anderson adds, “We want to be a part of World Wide GIS Day and introduce the public to the fascinating worldof digital maps. We use these maps to create trail maps for our Conservation Areas as well as to understand morecomplex issues such as flood forecasting and climate change.”

 

People who attend can enjoy:

 

 Meeting our GIS experts, Amy Dickens and Curtis Vance

 

 Find out how Quinte Conservation uses GIS every day

 

 See GIS mapping in action

 

 Explore our region with specialized maps

 

 Learn how to geocache

 

 See how mapping technology has changed over the years

 

 Receive a certificate of participation

 

May-Anderson adds, “Learning how to geocache will be a highlight of the afternoon. Geocachers use GPS units to look for hidden caches or treasures in the outdoors. There are many geocaches hidden at our Conservation Areas.

 

Our staff will teach participants how to find them.”

 

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the

 

watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective

 

phone: (613) 968-3434

 

phone: (613) 354-3312

 

fax: (613) 968-8240

 

www.quinteconservation.ca

 

environmental expertise and leadership

 

Event Date and Time: 
November 18, 2015 - 14:30 - 16:30

Location

Quinte Conservation
2061 Old Highway 2
Belleville, ON K8N 4Z2
Canada
44° 8' 20.0796" N, 77° 25' 46.7796" W

Trenton Woodlot Conference - biodiversity in the forest

November 3, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Friday November 20, 2015, Batawa Community Centre, 81 Plant St. Batawa, Quinte West

8 am  Doors open: view exhibits

9:30 am Welcome: Jim Pedersen, Hastings Stewardship Council chair, Jim Harrison, Mayor or City of  Quinte West. Mike Bossio, MP, Hastings Lennox and Addington and Dave Sexsmith, president, Ontario Woodlot Association

10 am  Ontario’s Biodiversity: is Nature on the run?  Mark Stabb, Central Ontario program director with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Private landowners contribute directly to nature conservation through short term actions and long term plans. Mark Stabb will show how this fits into the big picture of global biodiversity conservation, via the Ontario Biodiversity Strategy. He will also talk about the state of regional biodiversity, focusing on forests.

10:30 am – 11:15 am Break: exhibits and  networking

11:15 am  The Secret Life of the Forest, Michael Runtz one of Canada’s most highly respected naturalists, nature photographers,  natural history authors and teachers. He will take us for a visual tour of the myriad of living things concealed in our familiar butmostly unknown forests.

12:15 pm Hot Lunch  by Chef Nelson Bridger of  The Batawa Grill

1:45 pm – 4:30 pm Field Walks or Indoor Sessions 

Option A: Field Walks  All outdoor walks leave from the Batawa Ski Hill. You can choose any two of the following 45 minute walks:

  ● Geology and Biology in the area: Todd Norris, management biologist OMNRF and David Webster Management†Biologist OMNRF and David Webster senior conservation geologist OMNRF.

  ● Forest Bathing: Ewa Bednarczuk, ecologist, Lower Trent Conservation

  ● Forest Management: Scott Brown, forestry Technician

Option B: Indoor Sessions

1:45 pm Botany in your Woodlot, Eleanor Thomson, Thomson Botanical Surveys and Ontario Field Botanists gives an illustrated photo talk about interesting and beautiful plants in your woodlot, plus rarities to watch out for.

2:30 pm The Green Legacy Program Rob Johnson, program manager of the largest municipal tree planting program in North America will speak about the many ways to utilize trees on the farm, the principles of permaculture, intercropping, silvo pasturing, and commercial varieties of fruit and nut trees.

FOR TICKETS CLICK HERE $30 

 

For more information Call Matt Caruana (613) 391-9034, or email: info [at] hastingsstewardship [dot] ca

 
Event Date and Time: 
November 20, 2015 - 08:00 - 16:00

Trenton Woodlot Conference - biodiversity in the forest

November 2, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

 Friday November 20, 2015, Batawa Community Centre, 81 Plant St. Batawa, Quinte Wes

8 am  Doors open: view exhibits

9:30 am Welcome: Jim Pedersen, Hastings Stewardship Council chair, Jim Harrison, Mayor or City of  Quinte West. Mike Bossio, MP, Hastings Lennox and Addington and Dave Sexsmith, president, Ontario Woodlot Association

10 am  Ontario’s Biodiversity: is Nature on the run?  Mark Stabb, Central Ontario program director with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)                     Private landowners contribute directly to nature conservation through short term actions and long term plans. Mark Stabb will show how this fits into the big picture of global biodiversity conservation, via the Ontario Biodiversity Strategy. He will also talk about the state of regional biodiversity, focusing on forests.

10:30 am – 11:15 am Break: exhibits and  networking

11:15 am  The Secret Life of the Forest, Michael Runtz one of Canada’s most highly respected naturalists, nature photographers,  natural history authors and teachers. He will take us for a visual tour of the myriad of living things concealed in our familiar butmostly unknown forests.

12:15 pm Hot Lunch  by Chef Nelson Bridger of  The Batawa Grill

1:45 pm – 4:30 pm Field Walks or Indoor Sessions 

Option A: Field Walks  All outdoor walks leave from the Batawa Ski Hill. You can choose any two of the following 45 minute walks:

  ● Geology and Biology in the area: Todd Norris, management biologist OMNRF and David Webster Management†Biologist OMNRF and David Webster senior conservation geologist OMNRF.

  ● Forest Bathing: Ewa Bednarczuk, ecologist, Lower Trent Conservation

  ● Forest Management: Scott Brown, forestry Technician

Option B: Indoor Sessions

1:45 pm Botany in your Woodlot, Eleanor Thomson, Thomson Botanical Surveys and Ontario Field Botanists gives an illustrated photo talk about interesting and beautiful plants in your woodlot, plus rarities to watch out for.

2:30 pm The Green Legacy Program Rob Johnson, program manager of the largest municipal tree planting program in North America will speak about the many ways to utilize trees on the farm, the principles of permaculture, intercropping, silvo pasturing, and commercial varieties of fruit and nut trees.

FOR TICKETS CLICK HERE $30 

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Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference

October 22, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Creativity + Collaboration = Action!

Only two weeks left – REGISTER NOW!

The Cities of Belleville and Quinte West, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, are proud to host the 5th Annual Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference on November 4th and 5th.

This year’s conference offers delegates the opportunity to join the Quinte Region Local Food Tour with stops at La Cultura Salumi, Grills Orchards, The Ontario Water Buffalo Company, Maple Dale Cheese, Reid’s Dairy and Donini Chocolate. Following the tour delegates will be treated to a ‘Taste of Quinte’ reception at the Travelodge Belleville, the conference venue.

“The tour will showcase the incredible diversity of food produced in the Quinte Region, and allow delegates to experience food from the farm to the factory. It’s a really unique experience that places local food and food processing into context,” explains conference co-host Angela Bell, Development Research Assistant, Economic Development, City of Belleville.

The tour is a popular component of the conference and space is now limited. Online registration is open at www.eastontlocalfood.ca<http://www.eastontlocalfood.ca/>. Attendees can register for the full conference, including the Quinte Region Local Food Tour and Reception scheduled for Nov. 4th, or just for the conference on the 5th.

The full day conference on November 5th will focus on creative and collaborative opportunities to advance local food as part of our local economies. New to this year’s conference are mini-mentorship sessions with local food business specialists where you can learn more about food processing business development, food safety, small business loans, training, funding and much more.

The conference program begins with keynote speaker, Cory Van Groningen of VG Meats. Cory will share his story, as well as thoughts on how to attract and retain youth in agriculture, develop value chains, foster innovation and promote local food.

Following the keynote, delegates will be energized and inspired in a fast-paced “ignite-style” session where they will hear from 10 local food heroes who will share their successes. Six concurrent afternoon sessions are available to choose from. These sessions will cover successful collaborations, building successful retail-supplier relationships, opportunities in Urban Agriculture, new farmers and programs supporting them, food safety and how to spot emerging market opportunities.

In addition to these great sessions and a full day of networking, delegates will be treated to a Local Food Lunch featuring locally sourced dishes. A Trade show will also be a feature of the conference.

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