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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. 

Environmental Farm Plan Workshop

January 20, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Producers are invited to attend free (fourth Edition) Environmental Farm Plan  (EFP) two-day workshops to assess your farm business, learn more about best management practices, develop Action Plans and learn more about cost sharing opportunities.  We provide workshop materials and snacks.  Please bring your own lunch.


For more information call Eric Lawlor Eric 289-251-3042 

Event Date and Time: 
March 4, 2015 - 10:00 - 16:00
March 11, 2015 - 10:00 - 15:00


Gerry Masterson Thurlow Community Centre
516 Harmony Road
Belleville, ON K0K1V0
44° 14' 22.8372" N, 77° 23' 27.7836" W

Traceability Workshop

January 19, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

This free one-day 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. Learn how to assess your current traceability system to identify gaps, and methods to improve your traceability system in order to gain added value through reduced costs, improved profit margins and increased market potential.  Lunch is not provided so please bring your own. Refreshments and snacks will be available.

Who should attend: Decision makers, owners, managers, supervisors, and staff who are interested in learning how to enhance their traceability system.

At the end of the Maximizing your Traceability Investment Workshop you will be able to:

• Discover how to make your traceability investment work to your advantage

• Evaluate how you currently collect and manage Traceability information in your business

• Identify methods for improving your traceability system in order to gain added value through reduced costs, improved profit margins and increased market potential

To register for this pilot Traceability Workshop go to the Ontario Soil and  Crop Improvement Association click on Register for Educational Workshops and scroll down to the workshop and date.

Contact: Eric Lawlor 289-251-3042




Event Date and Time: 
March 17, 2015 - 09:00 - 16:00


Best Western Inn
387 North Front Street
Belleville, ON K8P 3C8
44° 11' 24.6912" N, 77° 23' 48.0372" W

Local Wood Initiative – rural property owner site visits

January 13, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Book a free site visit and our professionals can advise you on:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable woodland management
  • Land Stewardship
  • Cost share programs

You get an assessment of your house and property and recommendations on: 

Energy Efficiency

  • Advice for saving money and using energy wisely                                                                                              
  • Harvesting and burning firewood efficiently                                                                                                           
  • Energy efficiency in the home, barn and workshop

Renewable Energy 

  • Renewable energy potential on your property

Sustainable Management

  • Forest management
  • Farmland management
  • Potential uses for your land and resources
  • Landscaping for shelter and shade

Land Stewardship

  • Advice on habitat and species at risk 
  • Invasive species
  • Wells and septic system

We can link you with:

  • Experts in forestry, energy and more  
  • Cost-share programs and grants
  • Other resources


Matt Caruana, certified energy advisor, info [at] hastingsstewardship [dot] ca  (613) 395-1166

Louise Livingstone, landscape ecologist, info [at] harvesthastings [dot] ca (613) 395-4388

If you are in North Hastings please call Virginia deCarle, forestry technician, virginiadecarle2014 [at] gmail [dot] com (613) 334-7547



Fuller Native Plants

January 8, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Peter Fuller  of Fuller Native and Rare Plants propagates and grows perennials, ferns, grasses, shrubs and trees native within a 100-mile radius of the nursery as well as a variety of unusual hardy plants. He probably has one of the most comprehensive collections of native flowers, grasses, ferns, shrubs and trees in the province.

His services include property consultations, plants for naturalizing/shorelines, customized plant collections, and seeds of native plants.

"We practise ethical seed collection and propagate all plants at the nursery," said Fuller.  "We promote the conservation of wild plants and the maintenance of genetic diversity in plant populations."  

The nursery grows heritage tomato plants in the spring as well as a collection of unusual perennials hardy in our region.  A number of display gardens at the nursery are open to the public.

Peter Fuller, plantsman, musician and birder
 Echinacea pallida
Penstemon fruticosus (Shrubby Penstemon)
Sarracenia purpurea (Pitcher Plant)
Fuller Native and Rare Plants
Lycaena hyllus Bronze copper butterfly


Fuller Native and Rare Plants

Kawartha Farm Stewardship Collaborative 3rd Annual Farm Stewardship Workshop

January 7, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

Kawartha Farm Stewardship Collaborative presents: 3rd Annual Farm Stewardship Workshop

 The Kawartha Farm Stewardship Collaborative (KFSC) invites farmers and landowners to attend the 3rd Annual Kawartha Farm Stewardship Workshop on Saturday February 7th, 2015 at Rolling Hills Public School in Bethany (20 minutes west of Peterborough). The event is designed to celebrate the stewardship achievements of the past year, and to educate the farming public about the resources available to support on-farm stewardship. 

This full-day workshop will feature presentations by farmers and industry professionals on topics such as:  

  • Practical strategies for reducing neonictinoid use (Greg Stewart, OMAFRA)
  • Creative options and solutions for livestock watering
  • The benefits of wetlands and biofilters in farm drainage
  • The 4 R's of Nutrient Stewardship
  • Funding and technical support for farmers
Tickets to the event are $25/person and include a hot lunch. Pre-registration is required, and those who sign up before January 19th will receive a complementary satellite map of their farm property. Door prizes include 10 chances to win $100 towards on-farm soil testing.
For registration details and tickets, visit For more information, please contact Holly Shipclark: (705) 328-2271 x240hshipclark [at] kawarthaconservation [dot] com.

Facebook: (first, "Like" FarmsAtWork)

"Kawartha Farm Stewardship Collaborative's 3rd Annual Farm Stewardship Workshop: a full-day workshop detailing funding and technical assistance for on-farm stewardship: Presented in part by @Farms At Work" 

Twitter: (first, "Follow" @FarmsAtWork)

"Full-day workshop on funding and technical assistance for on-farm stewardship: Presented in part by @FarmsAtWork"


Event Date and Time: 
February 7, 2015 - 09:00 - 16:30


Rolling Hills Public School
694 7A Hwy
Manvers, ON L0A1A0

Climate change blues

January 7, 2015 by Louise Livingstone

 Inner transition skills for heart and soul in a climate-changed world with Cheri Lyon

Global warming, species extinction, fossil fuel and economic crises take their emotional/spiritual toll on many levels – fear, grief, melancholy, or even excitement at imagining new futures. Exploring and sharing our responses can cultivate new skills for a more resilient self and community.

Conversations to connect your needs and what Transition Town Peterborough can to do for inner resilience to get us through the “climate change blues”

Cheryl Lyon is a Transition Town Peterborough volunteer, community activist and professional facilitator using group practices that elicit people's gifts and intelligence to identify and act on their own needs. 

Please join us for a lively, interactive experience. $5 or pay what you can, preferably in Kawartha Loons

Pre-registration is requested. 

Contact Patricia 705-876-6873 or patremy [at] bluewin [dot] ch 

The Transition Skills Forum is an all-volunteer initiative of Transition Town Peterborough

relocalize, reskill, resilience. ttpeterborough [at] gmail [dot] com



Event Date and Time: 
January 13, 2015 - 18:30 - 20:30


Sadlier House
751 George Street North
Peterborough, ON K9H3T2
44° 19' 1.9524" N, 78° 19' 11.4276" W
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