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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. 

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.


Haliburton Forest Day Tour

July 9, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve Ltd., or simply Haliburton Forest, is a unique, privately owned forest located on 80,000 acres of rolling hardwood forests, beautiful lakes, meandering rivers and extensive wetlands in the Haliburton Highlands of central Ontario.

Haliburton Forest Day Tour

Wood display at Hastings County Farm Show and Plowing Match

July 5, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

The Hastings Stewardship Council, along with the Local Wood Initiative, will have a space at the Hastings County Plowing Match and Farm Show  where we will be showcasing many different uses of local wood, from lumber to furniture, to local sawmill products and services, plus we will have an interactive display for kids. Hope to see you there!

Event Date and Time: 
August 20, 2014 - 09:00 - August 21, 2014 - 16:00


Forestell Hay Farm
809 Salem Road
Stirling Rawdon, ON K0K 3E0

Haliburton Forest Day Tour

July 5, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

As part of a lead up to the 25th Annual Trenton Woodlot Conference, we will be having a day-long guided tour of the world famous Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve. The bus leaves from Madoc in the morning and returns in the evening. The cost is $90 per person and includes a buffet lunch. To book your seat please call Matt Caruana, (613) 391-9034 or info [at] hastingsstewardship [dot] ca

Event Date and Time: 
October 29, 2014 - 07:00 - 22:00

Forestry Day

June 30, 2014 by Louise Livingstone

Over 250 students took part in Forestry Day at Joy Bible Camp on May 29.

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