Just Food Newsletter April 2019

April 2019



Just Food News and Events 

1. April 13, April 27 | Ottawa Seed Library Pick-up Locations at Earth Day Celebrations

2. April 29 | Just Food Seeking Volunteers to Serve on Our Board of Directors

3. May 1 | Deadline to Purchase Your Rain Barrels and Water Totes to Support Just Food!


Other Community News and Events  

4. April 13, May 11 | Urban Organic Growers Seminars

5. April 24, May 9 | NCC: Various Upcoming Urbanism Lab Events

6. April 26 | Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard Milestone Event and Celebration

7. May 28 | Ottawa Horticultural Society Public Event: Lost Lanark Legacy Fruit Trees

Just Food News and Events 

1. April 13, April 27 | Ottawa Seed Library Pick-Up Locations at Earth Day Celebrations

Join Just Food Earth Day Celebrations on April 13 and April 27 and pick up your seeds from the Ottawa Seed Library. Click here for more information about the Ottawa Seed Library, or email communitygardening@justfood.ca. 
Details for each Earth Day event is listed below:

Councillor Brockington’s Annual Earth Day Celebration: 
This event includes an e-waste collection depot in the parking lot with Junk that Funk from 10am – 4pm, and an Earth Day Exhibition from 10am – 12pm. 
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 
Where: 3320 Paul Anka Drive, Hunt Club Neighbourhood

Dundonald Park Earth Day Celebration: 
When: 
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10am – 1pm
Where: Dundonald Park, 516 Somerset St W

2. April 29 | Just Food Seeking Volunteers to Serve on Our Board of Directors

Just Food is seeking dedicated food systems volunteers to serve on our Board of Directors (terms are 3 years in duration, and can be renewed once to a 6-year maximum). 

We welcome people from diverse backgrounds, and in this call for expressions of interest, we are looking for a Treasurer, as well as 2-3 additional new Board members with some combination of the following:

  • Fundraising and/or sponsorship experience
  • Knowledge and expertise regarding food access among low-income communities
  • Advocacy experience related to food and/or agricultural policy
  • Knowledge of food-related social-enterprise governance
  • Experience in a non-profit organization working with government

Click here for more information.

Deadline to apply is: Monday, April 29, 2019

3. May 1 | Deadline to Purchase Your Rain Barrels and Water Totes to Support Just Food!

Rain barrels are an excellent water conservation tool that simultaneously reduces water bills, prevents runoff and local flooding, and contributes to healthy soil and plants. 

Not only do we have 220L Rain Barrels for $55, we’ve got 1000L Rain Totes for $155!

We did some price comparisons and we’re pretty confident it’s the best deal around. Get yours today!

Support Just Food by purchasing your rain barrel from us this year. All rain barrel purchases include:

  • 1 leaf and mosquito filter basket
  • 1 spigot
  • 1 overflow adapter
  • 1 overflow hose

Here’s how you can easily obtain your rain barrel:

  • Step 1: visit our website to pre-order your rain barrel – payment options include credit, debit, or cash-payment on pickup
  • Step 2: place your order and choose a payment method – the deadline to order is May 1
  • Step 3: attend the Just Food rain barrel pick-up event on May 12, located at the Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court, Gloucester

We look forward to helping you conserve water and save money this coming season.

Click here for more information, or if you have any questions, email info@justfood.ca.


Other Community News and Events

4. April 13, May 11 | Urban Organic Growers Seminars 

The Canadian Organic Growers, Ottawa Chapter is hosting a series of Urban Organic Gardening Seminars.

One day (3 seminars): $30
Student/Low Income discounts are available. 

Topics include:

April 13:

  • Soil 
  • Compost 
  • Garden Planning Workshop 
  • Low Maintenance & Labour Saving Gardening

May 11:

  • Pests & Pollinators
  • Disease & Unwanted Weeds
  • Edible Weeds
  • Seed Saving 

Click here for more information and registration. Where: The Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St W, Ottawa
When: Saturday mornings – April 13th & May 11th 9:30am-1:45pm. Plus a seed sale!

5. April 24, May 9 | NCC: Upcoming Urban Lab Events

Just Food encourages folks who are interested in these topics to consider integrating food into these types of projects.

Fantastic Trees and Where to Find Them
This panel discussion will engage audiences on the importance of the urban tree, by presenting the findings of a tree canopy assessment completed in the National Capital Region, as well as new perspectives from other regions. Click here to stay tuned for times, locations, and registration. 
When: April 24, 2019

Living, Breathing Walls
Learn more about green architecture and design and its impact when integrated into building design and urban environments.  Click here to stay tuned for times, locations, and registration. 
When: May 9, 2019

6. April 26 | Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard Milestone Event and Celebration 

The Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard (GEFC) is one of Ottawa’s largest and busiest community foodbanks. They support over 3,500 of their neighbours when they need food – 46% under the age of 18. They provide four days of groceries about 2,000 times per month! Thanks to the support of the community, (including a plot at Just Food Farm), in addition to non-perishable food, they provide fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, milk and other healthy choices – enough for over 300,000 meals in 2018!

The GEFC first opened its doors 30 years ago and has been facilitating the community coming together to help others since then. Please help acknowledge this milestone by participating in the multicultural gala event, to be held on Friday, April 26. To join in the celebration you can purchase tickets here to a wonderful dinner event.

7. May 28 | Ottawa Horticultural Society Public Event: Lost Lanark Legacy Fruit Trees 

The Ottawa Horticultural Society is hosting a public story-telling event about lost Lanark County heritage fruit trees such as the Gravenstein, Pippin, Old Macintosh, and Greening varieties of apples. Click here to learn more.

When: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 – 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road