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Farms and Forests: Living on the Edge Susan Moore


n Friday, November 23, the Hastings Stewardship Council and partners host “Farms and Forests: Living on the Edge” – the 29th Annual Trenton Woodlot Conference in Batawa (north of Trenton). This conference has become a premier forestry event in Ontario. Come on out and learn from forestry and agricultural professionals, get in on lively discussions, and have a tramp around the woods.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Farms and Woodlots: Keystones to a Healthy Environment for All Dr. Rene Van Acker is Professor and Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph. He has a good handle on the state of farming in Ontario. Rene will discuss the relationship of the farming sector to our communities. How do area businesses, organizations, and families support our farmers? This relationship can influence what they farm and how they farm. Farmers with the opportunity to add to or enhance woodlots will increase their “investment” in the economy and the environment. Providing woodlands and healthy habitat is a boon to everyone; it improves air and water quality and helps preserve our soil. Agriculture greatly affects our environment; in fact, for many Canadians it is the environment because more than 90% of Canadians live in

farmed watersheds. So, farmers and their woodlots are very important in terms of environmental management. These rural managers can take deep pride in what they do. Rene believes that increased program support and recognition for woodlot managers and farmers with woodlots should be endorsed. Dr. Rene Van Acker is a co-founder of the Arrell Food Institute at U. of Guelph. He has degrees from the U. of Guelph and a Ph.D. from the University of Reading (UK).

How Wooded Edges Make Farms Better Susan Willis Chan, a Ph.D. Candidate who is well known for her ecological project work with farmers, will explain how wooded edges make farms better. Sue will demonstrate how rural landowners can improve the ecological health of their property and gain in overall yield at the same time. Participants will go home loaded with practical ideas. From years of field experience, Sue will illustrate the many benefits to wooded edges on farms. Woodlands provide habitat to insects, birds, mammals, and other creatures that supply pest control and pollination services. Wooded edges around fields help to prevent wind erosion, creating microclimates for crops and livestock; they also increase complexity, which can hinder pest and disease outbreaks. As well, stands of trees capture carbon, so they play a role in reducing climate change. That is a pile of benefits and Sue (in her clear style) will explain it all. Susan Willis Chan is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Guelph, an instructor in Sustainable Agriculture at Trent University, and a consultant in Agriculture and Education. There is a choice of afternoon sessions. The afternoon field trips are famous for outdoor learning

“Building long long--term, sustainable rural communities is at the heart of all my work as your Member of Parliament.”

Autumn on the farm in Stirling-Rawdon Township. and stimulating discussion.

Afternoon Field Trip to Goodrich Loomis Conservation Area Just north of Brighton, a 25-minute drive from Batawa, and featuring these tour/ talk options: 1. Plantation Management Tour with a professional forester 2. Oak Savanna and Prairie Regeneration Tour with Ewa Bednarczuk, Ecology and Stewardship Specialist at Lower Trent Conservation 3. Esker Trail Tour with David Beamer, Conservation Lands Manager at Lower Trent Conservation

Gray, Regional Field Advisor with Forests Ontario At the conference, portable saw mill demonstrations and tool demos will be on stage during the lunch hour. Plenty of local exhibitors, including woodworkers, will display their wares and services. See an excellent selection of books covering all aspects of nature. With such a bounty of offerings, this conference is not to be missed! The Hastings Stewardship Council provides rural landowner education and promotes sustainable management of the agricultural and natural resources in Hastings County.

Afternoon Indoor Sessions

The Trenton

1. Plantation Management and Marketing presented by Tom Richardson, of Lavern, Heideman and Sons (wood products) 2. Rural Land Stewardship Programs by Sarah Midlane-Jones of the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan 3. The Environmental Farm Plan and Canadian Agricultural Partnership by Amy Petherick from the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association 4. Tree Planting Programs and Managed Forest Tax Incentive Programs by Tim


Woodlot is on Friday, November 23 Doors open at 7:30 a.m. for viewing exhibits and artisan products Program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Location: Batawa Community Centre at 81 Plant St., Batawa (north of Trenton) Admission is $40, which includes hot lunch


Please preregister

Hastings—Lennox and Addington

(we need lunch numbers)

20-B Richmond Blvd, Napanee Email: mike.bossio@parl.gc.ca Call Toll Free: 1-866-471-3800 www.mikebossiomp.ca

How to Register

Tickets may be purchased online at hastingsstewardship.ca For more info, contact Matt at 613-391-9034 or info@hastingsstewardship.ca


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The SCOOP // October / November 2018  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

The SCOOP // October / November 2018  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...