We are moving!

27 Aug

We are now at http://www.communitieswithopportunities.ca   Come and see our new look!  We will not be using this old blog anymore.



A negative into a positive

25 Aug

We are disappointed to learn of the closure of the Canada Talc Mine operations in Marmora and Madoc.  A reported loss of 50 jobs is not something we want to hear.

While we wish we could reverse the decision of Sherritt International to shut down the local and historic operations, our office decided that the first priority should be the local employees soon to be out of work as of August 27.

Today, August 25 at 2:30pm, Economic Development Manager Andrew Redden is personally introducing our Enterprise Facilitation®  project to all of the remaining employees and he will be joined by our Enterprise Facilitator Darcelle Runciman.  50 packages including information on the project are being hand delivered and Darcelle, as always, is available to provide free and confidential coaching to any of the employees who might wish to follow their passion and start a business locally.  For more information, please visit our website by clicking here.

Plowing Match and Farm Show

29 Jul

Hastings County is proud to be home to the largest outdoor farm show in eastern Ontario.  Known as the Hastings County Farm Show and Plowing Match, the 22nd annual event is held this year on August 18 and 19 on Blessington Road, just a few minutes North East of Belleville.

More than 250 exhibitors of the latest products in agriculture, services and equipment can be found in the tented city, along with an expanded antique display where working and static exhibits feature everything from restored antique tractors and equipment to small farm tools and other farm related items. 

What you don’t want to miss is our 60 X 40 foot Hastings County tent providing a glimpse of the work done by our Harvest Hastings initiative.  As we did last year, again we will feature  about a dozen local products found right here in our County.

Hastings County Economic Development Manager Andrew Redden indicates that in the past, the tent featured displays from nearby municipalities, but inspired by a similar feature at the Royal Winter Fair, he adds, the decision was made to feature the growers themselves.  “Harvest Hastings assists the agricultural industry on a county level,” he says, “showing what’s in our own back yard.”

For more information about this historic and popular event, visit the official website at http://www.hastingsfarmshow.com

Creative bug spray

12 Jul

Matt and Karen Caruana grow a wide variety of herbs such as Calendula, which they use to produce herbal teas and creams

It is summer and the bugs are out in force.  If you are wanting a natural solution, there’s a creative new bug spray made right here in Hastings County.

Karen and Matt Caruana of Porcupine Creek Farm near Stirling make an organic bug repellent spray known as “Canadian Bush Spray”.  It is made from witch hazel and essential oils such as citronella, yarrow, rosemary and other ingredients that are not harmful to the skin or the environment.

Their spray and other products are sold at various locations around our region including the Marmora Farmers’ Market.  Otherwise, you can learn more, including their new sunscreen, by visiting them online at porcupinecreekfarm.ca

Peterson Trail

30 Jun

On Saturday, July 3, the Grand Opening of the Peterson Trail in Hastings Highlands takes place.  The celebration will be held at 1568 Peterson Road in Maynooth at 10am with a guided hike followed by opening ceremonies and a free BBQ lunch at noon. 

The Peterson Trail is full of rugged looping trails roaming through hardwood forests of sugar maple, beech and oak.  It borders several wetlands including marshes and black spruce swamps.  The Three Vista Loop is 6.2 KM long and offers three impressive views to the North, East and West.  No motorized vehicles are permitted on Peterson Trail.

New business!!!

25 Jun

Congratulations to Linda and John Akey who officially launched their new Granicrete company near Deseronto this week on Wednesday, June 23.  Even the earthquake we experienced couldn’t shake off the excitement and joy from the crowd that gathered at their new location.

Thanks to the work of our Enterprise Facilitator Darcelle Runciman, this business is up and running and looking forward to a successful future here in our region. 

To learn more about this new company, check out their website at www.granicreteontario.ca

New food processing company

25 Jun

Hastings County is completing a business plan for a proposed food processing company.  This business would produce processed food products for the grocery retail marketplace and selected specialty retailers using locally grown produce, and creating employment and economic spin-offs for the Hastings region.  An essential element of the success of this initiative is to identify potential investors/owners who may wish to implement the plan.  

If you have a background in food processing and are interested in developing a new business in Hastings, please contact Andrew Redden at reddena@hastingscounty.com  to discuss further.