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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. 

Coe Hill Seedy Sunday

March 5, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

The Fourth Annual Coe Hill Seedy Sunday  is a great oportunity to meet people, talk about gardens, and dream about or rather plan for spring. Roger and Valerie Kelly of Kellys Berry Farm will be there to let you know about growing different types of berries.

Event Date and Time: 
March 9, 2014 - 13:30 - 16:30


Royal Canadian Legion
Main Street
Coe Hill, ON K0L 1P0
44° 54' 44.5824" N, 77° 50' 7.1664" W

Best Practices and Incentives for Grassland Bird Habitat on Farms

March 5, 2014 by Louise Livingstone


Ron Reid from the Couchiching Conservancy will give a presentation on grassland birds and Christine Schmalz and Eric Lawlor talking about OSCIA incentive programs and the Environmental Farm Plan. I am still trying to track down a case study of a project.

Best Practices and Incentives for Grassland Bird Habitat on Farms

12:30 p.m. –12:40 p.m.                    Welcome and overview of the workshops purpose (NCC)

 12:40 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.                   Grassland Birds –what’s so special about them? – Ron Reid (CC)

 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                     OSCIA Incentive Programs and Environmental Farm Plan –Christine Schmalz and Eric Lawlor

 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.                     Coffee break and snacks

 2:15 p.m. –2:45 p.m.                      Case-study of a project (TBD)

 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.                     Open discussion

 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p. m.                    Closing remarks


Event Date and Time: 
March 26, 2014 - 12:30 - 16:00


Bloomfield Town Hall
289 Main Street
Bloomfield, ON K0K 2G0

Species at risk and invasive species

March 5, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Alison Kirkpatrick from the Invading Species Awareness Program  and Kate Pitt, MNR Species at Risk biologist

Nobody wants their dog strangled or their ash trees bored. Who would guess that barn swallows are a species under threat? Or that we might lose the Blanding's turtle, whose cute yellow throat used to be seen all over our wetlands?  Kate Pitt and Alison Kirkpatrick will help you identify invading species, teach you what you can do to defend against them, and also teach you how to protect our native fish, animals and plants. Come and learn about the actions you can take.  This event will take place at the Township of Thurlow Community Centre, 516 Harmony Road, north of Belleville, at 7 p.m. 

Event Date and Time: 
March 13, 2014 - 19:00 - 21:00


Thurlow Community Centre
516 Harmony Road Gerry Masterton Hall
Belleville, ON K0K 1K0
44° 9' 8.0928" N, 77° 26' 29.4432" W

Let's Celebrate the Spring together

March 2, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Just as the bird's nest on a Harbin Pear branch in Winter reminds us of sunny days in May when the same tree will be in full bloom, so we at Golden Bough Tree Farm remind you that it's time NOW to plan your Spring plantings.

We invite you to click on our website hoping it will inspire and encourage you in your planning process.

Fully updated with our offerings of bare root trees and shrubs for Spring 2014, we are now taking orders for pick up or delivery in late April or early May.

Those of you in cooler zones then our Zone 5b, will find that many of our tree species are hardy in Zone 3 and 4 and some even in Zone 2.

Those of you in warmer zones will find species that prefer milder conditions, such as Medicinal Magnolia, described on the Raraflora page.

Be sure to check out the Specials section listing Wholesale Seedlings as well as 25 Tree and 50 Tree Specials.

Mark the weekends of April 26/27 and May 3/4 on your calendar, Open House and Sale Days at Golden Bough Tree Farm.

Let's Celebrate Spring together in this wondrous year of 2014!

Golden Bough Tree FarmP.O. Box 59900 Napanee RoadMarlbank, ON K0K

Event Date and Time: 
April 26, 2014 - 09:00 - 16:00
April 27, 2014 - 09:00 - 16:00
May 3, 2014 - 09:00 - 16:00
May 4, 2014 - 09:00 - 16:00


Golden Bough Tree Farm
900 Napanee Road P.O. Box 59
Marlbank, ON K0K2L0
44° 25' 55.8372" N, 77° 6' 46.8324" W

Know your farmer: Marj Brady of Amazing Graze Alpaca

March 2, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Check this video about Mag Brady of Amazing Graze Alpaca created for Communities with Opportunities by Investinhastings.    

See video

Dance of opportunities with new fruits

February 28, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Event Date and Time: 
February 28, 2014 - 17:30 - 21:30


Thurlow Community Hall
516 Harmony Road
Belleville, ON K0K1K0
44° 9' 8.0928" N, 77° 26' 29.4432" W
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