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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. 

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

Traceability Workshop for Producers

February 23, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

This in-class workshop will focus on how you can gain a competitive advantage and improve your bottom line with your traceability system. Real life examples and business profiles focused on traceability best practices will be examined throughout the workshop.

Event Date and Time: 
February 17, 2015 - 09:00 - 15:00


Best Western Inn
387 North Front Street
Belleville, ON K8P3C8
44° 11' 24.6912" N, 77° 23' 48.0372" W

Know your farmer: Ian Fraser purifying beeswax at Tweedle Bee Candles

February 19, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Ian Fraser of Tweedle Bee Candles, Tweed, purifies 50,000 pounds of beeswax from Eastern Ontario and Quebec a year. He also makes moulds for candles and his wife Jo-Ann makes high-quality beeswax candles. She uses white cotton, wicks which burn well as the beeswax is so pure. Ian runs workshops on purifying beeswax, making moulds and candle making.

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People love them or hate them - Coyotes in Prince Edward County

February 13, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Tyler Wheelden, PhD candidate at Trent Univeristy has been studying coyotes in Prince Edward County for the last three years. He spoke at the Hastings Stewardship Council's Winter Speaker Series on February 12 at Ivanhoe.

Coyotes of Prince Edward County - Tyler Wheelden

Choosing firewood without getting burnt

February 13, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

If you are new to burning firewood, or even if you have been doing it for years, there are some important things to consider. What I am talking about is buying firewood, how to chose a firewood dealer, types of firewood and how to look after wood. I am not talking about harvesting wood from your woodlot, choosing a wood stove or burning wood safely.

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