| Jennifer Davis, Firefly Farm|
Jennifer and her husband Brian have lived and worked on Firefly Farm in the Rawdon Valley for almost four decades. They raise free range chickens, turkeys, and sometimes ducks. Eggs from happy chickens are available at the farm gate all year round. Brian and Jennifer are grateful to share the beauty and help to nurture this land with their four footed and winged friends, as well as those that crawl and fly. All our relations. Jennifer has acted as chair of the Harvest Hastings board of directors and has been involved with Harvest Hastings since the starting days of the organization.
|Tanya and Cameron Lavender, Lavender Family Maple Goodness|
Home cooking with natural ingredients is their passion and they bring forward a focus on health and wellness by using farm raised ingredients and recipes. They chose maple syrup as their family has been making maple in Hastings County and the Kawartha Lakes for 7 generations hence the name Lavender Family Maple Goodness. Their family owns a sugar bush and acreage on the Old Hastings road north of Madoc.Tanya and Cameron strongly believe in supporting local and creating a grass roots focus on sustainable growth of local businesses in Hastings county who are resource based.
|Kailey Bosch, Melrose Market Garden|
Kailey Bosch and her fiancé Rich have been growing fresh, seasonal veggies on their farm in Shannonville since 2015. They believe in transparent farming practices and do not use synthetic fertilizers, GMOs or pesticides. They nourish the soil and plants with natural compost and use alternative methods of pest control, resulting in healthy plants, healthy soil and a healthy you! Kailey has been a board member with the Harvest Hastings board of directors for the past three years.
|Wendy Mortimer, The Coe Hill Grocery Store|
Wendy retired from paid employment (environmental scientist) several years ago and bought a farm near Bancroft in 2017. The farm had been fallow for many years, but is now producing hay, grain, pigs, goats, and chickens. She sells free-range eggs, frozen pork and chickens, and tons of vegetables at the farm gate. The farm was Certified Organic in 2020. In 2021, she bought the Coe Hill Grocery Store. It was in derelict condition, being last renovated in 1985. Wendy hopes to sell the store and retire this year. Having had the opportunities to explore our “food-shed” in some detail, from production through various modes of consumer access, she’s looking forward to having more time to spend on her new interest in their “fibre-shed” and may have to get some alpacas and plant some hemp.
| Jenny Cook, Knuckle Down Farm|
Jenny Cook operates a small-scale market garden that sits on a quiet backchannel of the Trent River. She grows over fifty varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers with care and individual attention. Although not certified organic, she uses organic and regenerative growing practices. Her CSA program provides fresh, delicious produce all summer while connecting members with the place their food is grown and the farmers who grow it. This is Jenny’s second year as a board member with Harvest Hastings.
|Shannon Gerrard, Small Spade Farm|
Shannon Gerard is a team member at Small Spade Farm, an organic vegetable, chicken (eggs) & goat (cheese) farm in Stirling Ontario run by farmer Lauren Nurse. She has taken on leadership of value-added products such as herbs and preserves for Small Spade’s CSA program. Shannon runs the farm’s sugar bush and writes and publishes zines that go out to the farm’s CSA subscribers. Shannon is a professor at OCAD university where she teaches printmaking and publishing. She is very enthusiastic about the crossovers between farming, land stewardship and art!
| Andrea May, PAC Global|
Andrea is the Director of Communications & Social Impact at PAC Global, a packaging association that started in Canada in 1950. Some of their biggest initiatives surround packaging sustainability, promoting a circular economy, reducing food waste, and promoting impactful change in accessible packaging. Despite the corporate nature of her job, Andrea is incredibly passionate about buying and supporting local. Her background in marketing/communications and current experience in sustainability and food waste, alongside her passion for where we live would be a great fit for Harvest Hastings!
| Oliver and Renate Haan, Haanover View Farms|
Oliver and Renate Haan, and their four children, operate an accountable family farm committed to care and compassion toward their livestock, the environment, and their community- and you, their valued customers. Value, flavour and peace of mind accompany each and every product they provide. Their ecologically raised meats include heritage pork, grass fed beef, rabbit, and chicken. Oliver and Renate have been involved with Harvest Hastings since the starting days of the organization.
| David Ferguson, davidinbancroft carpentry|
Resiliency and sustainability are important values to foster in communities and their local practice can have even wider benefits. His interests include gardening and sharing some of that produce with food banks, forest management and the sustainable harvest of some of that growth, and fine furniture making with wood. He has completed an introductory course in permaculture from the university of Oregon, has a master composter certificate from the city of Toronto and more conventionally a BAA from Ryerson university in Media Studies. Currently he is focused on developing and promoting his artwork for exhibition. He maintains contacts with the arts organizations of Bancroft and with the North Hastings Community Trust.
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