APRIL 29: POSTPONED CELEBRATION, Répair Café still on

POSTPONED CELEBRATION, Répair Café still on

Folks – there is too much rain and cold to celebrate 15 years of Just Food work and partnerships this Sunday.  Given we will have events at the Just Food Farm many Wednesday evenings and Sundays afternoons ALL growing season, we want to celebrate with you on a warmer, drier day than this Sunday.
Repair café will be continuing between 11am-3pm inside the Just Food Red Barn tomorrow (Sunday) – so come on over with your needed repair items.
Perfect day to repair things inside!
Please sign up for our newsletter, Facebook and/or Twitter to hear about future Just Food activities and the new celebration date.

We’ve learned a few things over our 15 years that help keep you alive as a non-profit:

Pro-tip #1:
Know when the conditions are not sufficient, keep the long-term vision in mind and shift plans accordingly!

WHERE: 2391 PEPIN COURT
WHEN: SUNDAY, APRIL 29 from 11 – 3

All Day

The Ottawa Tool Library Repair Café. STILL ON

POSTPONED:
Take an Educational Tour around The Just Food Farm.
Check out Just Food Farmer’s Market and Enjoy Local Popcorn.
Capital Greens | Cadence Ecological Farm | Bird & Bee Seeds
Radical Homestead | Chi Gardens
Rain Barrel, Just Food Hat and Membership Sale.
All Day Kid’s Activities.
Plant Swap.
BYOP: Bring Your Own Picnic.

11am-1pm Drop-In Seedling Plant-pot making (kid-friendly)
11:30 – 1:00  Beginner Organic Gardening Workshop
1:00 – 2:00 Bike Tune Up
2:00 – 3:30 EarthPath Nature Fun For Kids 5 +
3:00 – 4:30 Container Gardening Workshop

 

RSVP HERE

Powering ethical agriculture with the sun

In the Alternatives Journal, Gideon Forman explores the use of solar power at The Just Food Farm.  Click here to read the article!

“Just Food is intriguing not only for its status as a rural-urban hybrid. It also boasts an unusual electricity source: a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic array launched in October 2017  with the financial assistance of Bullfrog Power and Beau’s Brewery. The PV panels power a cooler and greenhouse — where the group will attempt year-round growing — and a circa-1920s barn that serves as an education centre.”

 

 

 

 

February 2018 Newsletter

February 2018 Newsletter


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region

Just Food News and Events

1. March 12, 19, 28 | 10 Metre Diet – Backyard Food Production

2. March 13 | Permaculture Workshop

3. April 29 | Celebrate 15 years with Just Food! 

4. Food Distribution Options enhanced at Ottawa Food Hub 

5. Ottawa Seed library – Gearing up for the 2018 Season! 

7. Just food has a new office at the Just Food Farm Barn- Here’s how to reach us.

8. Volunteer with Just Food

Other Community News and Events 

9. À la carte Food Literacy Project wins Award for Innovation

10. Feb 10, March 3,  March 17 | Seedy Saturdays in Almonte, Ottawa and Cornwall

11. Feb 11 | Earth Roots Apprenticeship Program

12. Feb 12 | Organic Gardening for the absentee gardener

13. Feb 13 | Canada’s Agriculture Day in Ottawa

14. Feb 15 | Edibles in the Garden 

15. Feb 19 | USC is Hiring 

16. Feb 24 – 25 | ECO FARM DAY 2018 

17. Feb 24 | Stanley’s Maple Farm Easter Egg Hunt

18. Feb – November | Ottawa Horticulture Society Workshops

19. March 13, 14 & 15 | Ottawa Farm Show 

20. March 21 | The Day Of Forests 

21. March – May | Urban Organic Gardening Seminars with COG 

22. April 9 | Organic Seed Production Course with COG 

23. July 14 – 15 | Eco Sphere Ottawa Expo/ Foire écosphère à Ottawa-Gatineau

 


If you received this monthly newsletter from someone else and would like to receive it directly, sign up here. If you have a food or farm-related event or issue that you would like posted on this newsletter, send a request to info@justfood.ca.

Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-824-7771.


Just Food News and Events

 

 

1. March 12, 19, 28 | 10 Metre Diet – Backyard Food Production

 

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2. March 13 | Permaculture Workshop

Facilitator: Bonita Ford
What can nature teach us about gardening? How can we (re)design our gardens to optimize resources, make less work for ourselves and be more ecologically friendly? In permaculture, we learn to “design like nature”, drawing on simple principles from the natural world. These include: work with nature, start small and slow, emphasize multiple functions, create redundancy, promote beneficial relationships, use renewable resources, cycle resources, maximize diversity and edges, work with evolution, and be creative. Learn about permaculture principles and various ways to apply them in our gardens, as well as permaculture design examples in the garden. This session will include discussion and a small group exercise. Organized with the Community Gardening Network, with Just Food.
Registration appreciated but not required. Email to register at: natalia.snajdr@ccochousing.org
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, 464 Metcalfe St

3. April 29 | Celebrate Just Food’s 15th Anniversary!

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4. Food Distribution Options enhanced at Ottawa Food Hub 

Food Distribution options enhanced at Ottawa Food Hub

Mountain Path and Just Food are pleased to announce the completion of a critical project.  Between January and October, 2017, we worked hard to accomplish two major achievements:

Designed traceability systems and required protocols to integrate new, full product traceability features into the existing HACCP compliant systems already in place at the shared hub facility and with certification to GFSI standard.  A mock recall test at completion of this project was achieved within 45 minutes.

Designed and implemented training across all Hub facility users, including businesses within the Ottawa Incubator Kitchen, focusing on topics of recall, communications, new traceability equipment, Food Safety and Quality Control, and Process Control.

This project was critical to ensure continued and enhanced retail options for Eastern Ontario regional product including grains, fruit and vegetables and processed items.  Of particular focus were new businesses incubating within the Ottawa Kitchen component and the growing Ottawa Food Hub, which is focused on increasing regional producers’ access to retail stores and institutional purchasers.

This project was made possible through financial supports from the McConnell Foundation Regional Value Chain program, which strengthens the ability of regional supply chains to make healthy, sustainably produced food accessible to all people. This project was also funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario.

For more information, please contact moe@justfood.ca

For more information on the Ottawa Kitchen, click here.

5. Ottawa Seed library – Gearing up for the 2018 Season! 

The Ottawa Seed Library is gearing up for another great growing season! Seed saving takes time and energy all year, and we are always looking for individuals to help grow the library in a multitude of ways. From seed packing to saving, event organization and workshop delivery, we rely on volunteers, members and generous donations to make sure seeds are received, grown and distributed all over the Ottawa area.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved, contact us at seeds@justfood.ca or check out our webpage http://justfood.ca/seed-saving-projects-and-events/the-ottawa-seed-library/

6. Community Garden Development Fund 2018 – Taking Applications Now!

Are you interested in starting a community garden or enhancing an existing garden?
If you are then you are a great candidate to apply for a grant through the Community Garden Development Fund!
Community gardens can take a variety of shapes, sizes and models.  Gardens that have large plots, small plots, or gardens that work primarily kids, adults, newcomers to Canadas, and more are all possible projects for the Community Garden Development Fund.
If this is of interest to you please check out the CGN Section on our website, or reach out to Jordan at communitygardening@justfood.ca for more information.

 

7. Just Food has a new address and phone number! 

We’ve moved into permanent office space in the newly renovated Just Food Farm Barn and our contact information has changed a bit. We want to make sure everyone knows!

New Address: 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa, ON, K1B 4Z3

New Phone Number: 613-824-7771

Like us on Facebook here.

Follow us on Twitter here.

 

8. Volunteer with Just Food

Just Food is excited to announce new volunteer opportunities, including office positions, events volunteers, promotions and communications, photography, farm maintenance and more.
If you are interested, please fill out this short survey to let us know the types of volunteer work that interest you, and your availability. We will get back to you asap.

Other Community News and Events

9. À la carte Food Literacy Project wins Award for Innovation

The Ottawa Public Library’s (OPL) ‘à la carte’ Food Literacy Project won the Minister’s Award for Innovation in the Large Library Category at the Ontario Public Library Service Awards at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto, last week.

This initiative makes food literacy a part of OPL’s diverse programming, and positions the public library as a key community resource and partner for accessible food-related information and programming that can lead to health, economic, and social benefits.

Tim Tierney, Chair of the OPL Board and Councillor for Beacon Hill-Cyrville ward, said, “This high level of innovation came to fruition through OPL’s leadership. The Library brought strong local and community partners together to deliver fresh and novel programs to raise food literacy in our city.”

Partners of this project range from city-wide organisations such as Ottawa Public Health, MarketMobile, and the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival, to community organizations such as Parkdale Food Centre and Just Food Ottawa. Local and Ontario-based chefs, authors, bloggers, gardeners, and entrepreneurs have joined OPL at the table to feed the conversation on healthy, affordable, sustainable eating and help promote a better understanding of how we are connected to the food we eat and grow.

Click here for more information on the program.

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10. Feb 10, March 3,  March 17 | Seedy Saturdays in Almonte, Ottawa, Perth and Cornwall

Sat Feb 10, 9 a.m – 3 p.m: Almonte Seedy Saturday, Almonte Civitan Hall, 500 Almonte Rd. Featuring  the opportunity for people to come together to exchange information and to buy, sell or trade interesting and unusual heritage varieties. Seed exchange for seeds and extra plants, cuttings, books, magazines, pots, trellising, tools and/or gardening supplies. In the exchange, for each item donated another can be taken home. Larger items equate to a few extra goodies per item. If you forget to bring exchange items and still want to partake, a small donation (ie. $1 ea.) would be appreciated.

Sat. March 3, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m: Ottawa Seedy Saturday, Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre (Britannia Beach). Featuring talks, an organic market and lots of cool seeds!

Sun. March 4, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m: Perth Seedy Sunday, Civitan Club, 6787 Highway 43). Free admission, free workshops on a variety of garden topics. Lunch available! For full details and more information visit www.perthfarmersmarket.ca or www.facebook.ca/perthfarmersmarket

Sat. March 17 10 a.m. to 3 p.m: Seedy Saturday Cornwall, Benson Centre, 800 Seventh St. West, Cornwall, ON K6J 0A3. Featuring exhibits from seed, seedling, and sapling vendors, community and home gardening groups, and local farmers’ markets. There will also be a “Seed and Garden Tool Swap” table and several hands-on garden activities throughout the space.

 

11. Feb 11| Earth Roots Apprenticeship Program

Friendly reminder that Earth Path and Rivers and Roots are hosting an Open House this Sunday, February 11 from 2-3 pm at Just Food Farm (at the barn, 2391 Pepin Court, east Ottawa), for those interested in taking our Earth Roots Apprenticeship program, a course for educators, parents, and nature enthusiasts (including teens 15+), keen to deepen their nature knowledge, wilderness skills, and creative mentoring skills. RSVP (Isabel@EarthPath.ca) if planning to attend.

https://www.earthpath.ca/earth-roots-apprenticeship.html

 

12. Feb 12 | Organic Gardening for the absentee gardener 

Away at the cottage or travelling during the summer—no point in planting an organic garden!  Think again: Rachelle Gendron of Our Little Farm (www.ourlittlefarm.ca) will let you in on tips and tricks for the absentee gardener—from watering to the timing of plantings.

Click here for more information. 


13. Feb 13 | Canada’s Agriculture Day in Ottawa 

Join Agriculture More than Ever for an all-day event for Canada’s Agriculture Day in Ottawa on February 13, 2018!

Click here for more information.


14. Feb 15 | Edibles in the Garden 

Join the Nepean Horticultural Society with guest speaker Mary Reid (Green Thumb Garden Centre) for  ‘Edibles in the Garden’ – incorporating edible plants into your flower garden.

Click here for more information. 


15. Feb 19 | USC is Hiring 

USC Canada is hiring for work in their head office and overseas. Click here for more information.


16. Feb 24 – 25 |ECO FARM DAY 2018 

Please note, Just Food will be at the trade show.

“ADAPTATION”

Keynote: Mary Howell and Klaas Martens, organic mixed farmers, owners of Lakeview Organic Grains in New York, and regular contributors to ACRES USA

Feb 24: Keynote address, 40 exhibitor trade show, organic lunch and a dozen workshops relating to plants, livestock, and soils.

Also a reception dinner and screening of the new documentary Modified, by Aube Giroux, in partnership with Transition Cornwall+ and All Things Food.

Feb 25: ALSO JOIN Canadian Organic Growers for one of two full day, intensive and participatory workshops:

  • Polyculture Livestock: Synergizing multiple livestock species into a single pasturing system, with veterinarian Dr Hubert and Suzanne Karreman, of Reverence Farms and Café.
  • The Permaculture Market Garden: Apply Permaculture principles without jeopardizing production, with Zach Loeks, author and farmer at Kula Permaculture Farm.

Check www.ecofarmday.ca and www.facebook.com/cogosochapter and www.twitter.com/ecofarmday for details and updates

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17. Feb 24 | Stanley’s Maple Farm Easter Egg Hunt

Children and adults alike delight in meeting the Easter Bunny and helping him find his eggs. Join in the fun and pile aboard the wagon for a ride out to the Sugarbush. Hunt through the bush in search of the Easter bunny’s lost eggs, and add them to your basket. Family fun for all – and each child leaves with something special!

Click here for more information: http://stanleysfarm.com/family-fun/easter-egg-hunt/


18. Feb – November | Ottawa Horticulture Society Workshops

From drystone walls to container gardening – check out some of these great gardening workshops offered throughout the year!

Click here for more information: http://ottawahort.org/events/


19. March 13, 14 & 15 | Ottawa Farm Show 

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) is Ontario’s longest running agricultural trade show. From the beginning, it has been organized by farmers for farmers on a non-profit basis. Join them this year to check out their exhibitors and seed show!

Click here for more information: http://ottawafarmshow.com/history/


20. March 21 | The Day Of Forests 

March 21 is the International Day of Forests – will you celebrate? Let’s make our cities greener, healthier, happier places to live!

Click here for more information: http://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/

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21. March – May | Urban Organic Gardening Seminars with COG (local chapter)

Where: The Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington St W, Ottawa

When: Saturday mornings – March 10th, April 14th, May 12th 9:30am-1:30pm. Seed Sale to follow at 1:30pm.

Topics include:
Growing Organic Vegetables, Herbs & Edible Flowers, Container, Small Space, and Labour Saving Urban Garden, Starting Seeds Indoors and Out, Soil, Compost, Garden Planning Workshop, Garden Diagnosis & Organic Garden Management of Pests & Diseases, Extending the Gardening Growing Season, & Winterizing, and Seed Saving.


22. April 9 | Organic Seed Production Course with COG 

Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more? Want to build your own business following your own unique seed-farm business plan?

Click here for more information: http://www.cog.ca/our-services/seedproductioncourse/

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23. July 14 – 15 | Eco Sphere Ottawa Expo/ Foire écosphère à Ottawa-Gatineau

Foire écosphère: environment et écohabitation: la première année à Ottawa-Gatineau

En collaboration avec la Ville de Gatineau et le Festival du Chanvre cherchent des exposants et conférenciers pour leur foire le 14-15 Juillet à Gatineau.

Pour plus d’information, visitez https://foireecosphere.org/

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Ecosphere Canada: environment and green housing, is having their first Ottawa-Gatineau expo.

They are looking for speakers and facilitators for their event on July 14-15.

For more information, visit https://foireecosphere.org/en/


If you received this monthly newsletter from someone else and would like to receive it directly, sign up here.  If you have a food or farm-related event or issue that you would like posted on this newsletter, send a request to info@justfood.ca.

Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-699-6850 x10.


 

Become a Just Food Board Member!

 

Just Food seeks volunteers to serve on its Board of Directors!

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

We welcome people from diverse backgrounds, and in this call, we are looking for one to three new Board members with some combination of the following:

  • Fundraising experience
  • Knowledge and expertise regarding food access among low-income communities
  • Advocacy experience related to food and/or agricultural policy

Just Food is led by a volunteer Board of Directors (“the Board”).  We are a working Board with the mandate to determine Just Food’s mission and policies, provide strategic direction and oversight of its activities, and ensure organizational accountability, to support our staff – who manage and perform the operations of the organization.  Please read the Just Food Policies and Procedures for detailed information on the role and responsibilities of Directors, and the Just Food Constitution and our Vision, Mission and Mandate for more information on Just Food and how it is governed.

All Board members must have:

  • Commitment to Just Food’s goals and values;
  • Ability to commit a minimum of 6 hours per month to Just Food (more for Executive Committee members); and,
  • Knowledge of local context (important).

Ideally, the new Board members will also have:

  • Experience in community-based non-profit organizational management;
  • Food system issues knowledge/analysis (desirable);
  • Background in one or another of Just Food areas of work; and,
  • Experience with Just Food (e.g., as a member, volunteer, and/or in another capacity).

Interested?  Please send us a paragraph (maximum 350 words) introducing yourself and your experience, and telling us why you think you could make a positive contribution as one of Just Food’s Board of Directors, along with a current CV, to: mlbender@alumni.sfu.ca by February 7, 2018.  Interviews will occur shortly thereafter.

In your submission, be sure to create the subject line: Just Food Board of Directors – Expression of Interest.  All interested parties will be contacted.  The selected candidates would be presented as a recommended slate to Just Food members for election at the upcoming Annual General Meeting this March 7, 2018.

We look forward to hearing from you!

September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region

Just Food News and Events

 

1. Sept 14 – 17, Sept 21 – 24, and Sept 28 – Oct 1 | Three More Rural Fairs (Richmond Fair, Carp Fair, Metcalfe Fair) 

2. Sept 16 – 24 | Celebrate Organic Week 

3. Sept 24 | Enviro Cycle Tour 

4. Sept 24 | Seed Saving at the Ottawa Tool Library 

5. Sept 30 | Seed Cleaning Workshop 

6. Volunteer with Just Food 

Other Community News and Events

7. Sept 19 | The à la carte Food Film Festival 

8. Sept 24 | Farm Dream Design Workshop at the Kula Farm 

9. Sept 30 | Permaculture Farm & Edible Landscape Design 

10. Oct 12 | Eco Fest with Ecology Ottawa 

 

If you received this monthly newsletter from someone else and would like to receive it directly, sign up here. If you have a food or farm-related event or issue that you would like posted on this newsletter, send a request to info@justfood.ca.

Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-699-6850 x10.


Just Food News and Events  

1. Sept 14 – 17, Sept 21 – 24, and Sept 28 – Oct 1 | Three More Rural Fairs

Just Food in partnership with Ottawa 2017 as a part of the Agri 150 program would like to promote the following fairs. 

Richmond Fair – September 14 to 17

Fun for the whole family! The Richmond Fair showcases agriculture through arts, crafts, animals and more.  Plus, enjoy live music shows, aerial shows, rock climbing, reptile shows and BMX Bike shows!

More info – Click here


Carp Fair – Sept 21 to 24

154th Annual Carp Fair – where rural meets the City! There’s something for everyone: many livestock exhibitors, heavy horses parade, antique display, local artisans, petting zoo, pony rides, live entertainment and more! Bring your family out for a true agricultural experience!

More info – Click here

Metcalfe – September 28 to October 1

2017 will mark the 161st anniversary of this fall tradition, held annually in the Village of Metcalfe. Participate in a variety of events such as the demolition derby, the classic car show and the Fiddling & Step Dancing Competition.

More info – Click here

 

2. Sept 16 – 24 | Celebrate Organic Week


What is Organic Week? Canada’s National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Hundreds of individual events showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment. Organic represents a vibrant alternative food system and an alternative option for clothing, personal care and cleaning products.

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Wondering how you can celebrate Organic Week?

3. Sept 24 | Enviro Cycle Tour

Come experience the countryside by bicycle, and visit some of the eco-friendly businesses and public spaces in Ottawa’s rural area.

There are two options: tackle the entire 72 km route with your own bike, or bus part way and cycle the 21 km route with a bike provided by RentABike. Whichever route you choose, all attendees will get the pleasure of visiting Castor River Farm, a sustainable off-grid farm, SunTech Greenhouses, where vegetables are grown year-round, and W.A. Taylor Conservation area for a rest between, as you sample Savour Ottawa treats.

So, hop on and let your RentABike guides and local farmers bring you on a day full of fun, learning, and exercise!

This Agri 150 event is brought to you by Ottawa 2017, Ottawa RentABike, and Just Food.

Click here for more information.

 

4. Sept 24 | Seed Saving at the Ottawa Tool Library

Join CGN Coordinator Jordan Bouchard and connect with other makers at the Ottawa Tool Library. Learn foundational concepts to seed saving, with some specific instruction on some good beginner vegetables, as well as how you can contribute to your local seed libraries each year!

Click here for more information.

 

5. Sept 30 | Seed Cleaning Workshop

So you’ve figured out how to produce good quality seed, but now how do you clean it so that it looks like it does in a seed pack?  Join us on September 30 from 10:00 – 1:00 at Greta’s Organic Gardens and learn how to clean vegetable seed from resident expert Greta Kryger. As part of this workshop Greta will demonstrate what she uses to clean her seeds & you will get an idea of what will work at your scale.  This workshop is primarily for those producing vegetable seeds, but anyone interested in learning what goes into seed cleaning & production will learn a lot. Save your spot.

Register today!

 

6. Volunteer with Just Food

New Roots & Plant-a-Row, Donate-A-Row Gardening

Interested in trying gardening at a larger scale while contributing to a local emergency food cupboard. Just Food has a volunteer-driven garden on our site in Blackburn Hamlet. Come help harvest & weed the garden on every other Thursday in September (next up is September 21st) at 6:00 pm in Blackburn Hamlet at 2389 Pepin Court.

Let us know you’re coming by emailing us at info@justfood.ca

Experienced Tool Users Needed!

Two experienced people on cordless drills are needed to screw down the metal sheets at the base of the barn [ground level]—to assist with Just Food’s efforts to animal-proof the new barn reno!

CONTACT: Christine at administration@justfood.ca

Barn Raising!

To assist with roof construction using pre-fab trusses. Looking for volunteers with or without construction experience to assist. Date in the next couple of weeks to be confirmed.

CONTACT: Christine at administration@justfood.ca if interested.

 

 

Other Community News and Events

 

 

7. Sept 19 | The à la carte Food Film Festival

As part of the Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy and Canada 150 programming is presenting the à la carte Food Film Festival on Tuesday, September 19 at the Bytowne Cinema (325 Rideau Street). The event is free and no registration is required.

Please visit the food literacy webpage for more information.

 

8. Sept 24 | Farm Dream Design Workshop at the Kula Farm

If you’ve ever thought of moving to the country or you already own a rural property and you want to get back to the land, grow some of your own food and start building your vision – big or small

  • Take an in-depth tour of organic farm and a step-by-step look at how Kula Farm got to where they are today from a bare piece of land 8 years ago
  • Get a view into all of the time, money and energy saving lessons they’ve learned along the way
  • Get custom advice to properly scale your unique dream to your unique resources for success, including land, finance and environment; where you should be prioritizing your time, money and energy right now

Click here for more information.

 

9. Sept 30 | Permaculture Farm & Edible Landscape Design

Join a detailed tour of two sites with two local authors.  We’ll start the day with a quick intro on “what is permaculture?”.  The tour will visit Kula Permaculture Farm and Aster Lane Edibles.  Cost: $59, includes HST.

Click here for more information.

 

10. Oct 12 | Eco Fest with Ecology Ottawa

On October 12th 2017, at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park, Ecology Ottawa will be celebrating their 10th anniversary by hosting EcoFest – Ottawa’s biggest gathering of the environmental community. Come celebrate! Hear from inspiring speakers, enjoy vegetarian/vegan food from local restaurants, sip on beer from Ottawa’s finest craft breweries, watch live art installations, bid on exciting auction prizes, network with like-minded Ottawa residents and explore all the innovative green businesses, organizations and initiatives Ottawa has to offer.

Click here for more information.


If you received this monthly newsletter from someone else and would like to receive it directly, sign up here.  If you have a food or farm-related event or issue that you would like posted on this newsletter, send a request to info@justfood.ca.

Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-699-6850 x10.


 

July 2017 Newsletter


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region

Just Food News and Events

1. Aug 3 | How To Start A Community Garden 

2. Aug 9 |2018 Start-Up Farm Program Information Session 

3. Starting Aug 10 – Sept | It’s Rural Fair Season: Carp, Richmond, Metcalfe, Capital and the Navan Fair 

4. Super Gardeners Wanted | Volunteer on the Plant-a-row, Donate-a-row Garden at the Just Food Farm 

5. Celebrate Ottawa | Show off your garden and use the hashtags #613gardenselfie #613myedibletree 

6. Aug 24 | How to Make Preserves: A Free Workshop 

7. Sept 30 | Seed Cleaning Workshop

 

Other Community News and Events

 

8. Sept 9 | Blackburn Hamlet’s Harvest Moon Festival

9. Sept 30 | Permaculture Farm & Edible Landscape Design 

 


Just Food News and Events

1. Aug 3 | How to Start A Community Garden

Join us on August 3 from 6:30 – 8:30 for a free workshop, “How to Start a Community Garden” at the Albion-Heatherington Community Centre. You will learn about the steps involved in starting a community garden. How to search for land, what is essential when starting a community garden, the supports that are available, tips for organizing the garden, and much more! Save your spot, register today! 

To register: communitygardening@justfood.ca

 

2. Aug 9 | 2018 Start-Up Farm Program Information Session

Are you interested in being a farmer? Intrigued by the diverse possibilities of agriculture in the Ottawa region? Learn more about Just Food and its 2018 Start-Up Farm Program at our first Information Session, August 9, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Blackburn Hamlet branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Just Food launched its Start-Up Farm Program in 2013 to promote farming and careers in agriculture as viable options. The Start-Up Farm program offers workshops and meetings on organic certification, crop planting, marketing and sales, irrigation, farm safety and equipment use, and business planning—and many more—over the course of the year. The program also offers participants an option to access land, shared equipment, and training to help support new farmers and to lower the risk as they enter the industry. You can also book an appointment with Just Food to discuss a partner project at the farm.

There are a limited number of bursaries and loans for select participants. Applicants must have some agricultural experience and are encouraged to have a specific direction to pursue for their farm. If you are ready to get started farming, attend the information session August 9 to see how you can benefit from Just Food’s Start Up Farm Program.

Register today!

For more information, contact info@justfood.ca 

 

3. Starting Aug 10 – Sept | It’s Rural Fair Season: Carp, Richmond, Metcalfe, Capital and the Navan Fair

Navan Fair
Date: Aug 10th-13th
Location: 1279 Colonial Rd, Navan, ON

At the Navan Fair, come see live performances from artists such as Road Hammers, the demolition derby, animals, the truck and tractor pull, a midway and more.
Click here for more information.

Capital Fair
Date: Aug 18th-27th
Location: 4837 Albion Rd, Gloucester, ON

Home to Ottawa’s largest midway, the Capital Fair is fun for the whole family. The Capital Fair offers free events such as the Museum of Agriculture, Fair Fun Food, and Monster Show.
Click here for more information.

Richmond Fair  
Date: September 14th – 17th
Location: 6107 Perth St, Richmond, ON

While promoting agriculture awareness, the 173rd Richmond Fair, also offers events such as the demolition derby, lawn tractor pull, and live entertainment.
Click here for more information.

Carp Fair
Date: September 21st – 24th
Location: 3790 Carp Rd. Carp, ON

At the 154th Carp Fair, entertainment includes country music star Brett Kissel, horse shows, a petting zoo, a midway and more.
Click here for more information.

Metcalfe Fair
Date: September 28th – October 1st
Location: 2821 8th Line Road, Metcalfe.

At the 161st Metcalfe Fair, see events such as the classic car show, fiddling, step dancing and a midway.
Click here for more information.

 

4. Super Gardeners Wanted | Volunteer on the Plant-a-row, Donate-a-row Garden at the Just Food Farm


Calling all gardeners! Are you a member of a community garden or is gardening a passion of yours? We are looking for super gardeners to join us in planning and coordinating work on 1/4 acre garden and help ensure a successful season! All proceeds of our Plant-a-row, Donate-a-row garden are being donated to the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard and are a part of our New Roots program which introduces New Canadian farmers to Canadian soil.  If you have an hour or two on a weekly basis that you can commit to assisting the team, please contact Christine at administration@justfood.ca.

 

5. Celebrate Ottawa | Show off your garden and use the hashtags #613gardenselfie #613myedibletree

Are you proud of your garden? How about that edible tree you’re about to harvest? We want to celebrate the amazing gardens, edible trees and the folks behind them! Share your photos and selfies on Facebook, Instagram and/orr Twitter and make sure to use the hashtags #613gardenselfie | #613myedibletree to be a part of celebrating Ottawa’s awesome gardening community.  We can’t wait to see your plants!

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6. Aug 24 | How to Make Preserves: A Free Workshop

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7. Sept 30 | Seed Cleaning Workshop


So you’ve figured out how to produce good quality seed, but now how do you clean it so that it looks like it does in a seed pack?  Join us on September 30 from 10:00 – 1:00 at Greta’s Organic Gardens and learn how to clean vegetable seed from resident expert Greta Kryger. As part of this workshop Greta will demonstrate what she uses to clean her seeds & you will get an idea of what will work at your scale.  This workshop is primarily for those producing vegetable seeds, but anyone interested in learning what goes into seed cleaning & production will learn a lot. Save your spot. Register today!

 

 

Other Community News and Events

 

8. Sept 9 | Blackburn Hamlet’s Harvest Moon Celebration

Just Food will be hosting a table at this event!

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9. Tour: Permaculture Farm & Edible Landscape Design 

Saturday, September 30, 2017 — Kinburn & Cobden

Join us for a detailed tour of two sites with two local authors.  We’ll start the day with a quick intro on “what is permaculture?”.  Our tour will visit Kula Permaculture Farm and Aster Lane Edibles.  Cost: $59, includes HST.  Click here for more information.


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Although all volunteers and community partners of Just Food want to ensure Ottawa has a vibrant, accessible, sustainable food system, we have many diverse perspectives on how to get there. Just Food welcomes this diversity and believes that it is through working collaboratively with different opinions that we will arrive at a healthy food system for all. Any information that Just Food sends can include information from different community members and community partners and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Just Food.  If you ever have a question about any information listed here, please do not hesitate to e-mail info@justfood.ca or call 613-699-6850 x10.


 

Just Food Picnic – Sunday Sept. 4th

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Just Food is hosting a picnic on Sunday Sept. 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The picnic will include a local corn roast, farmers market, wagon rides, games for all-ages, and performances by local bands Shades of Soul and Tribe Royal! It’s taking place at the Just Food Farm, located at 2389 Pépin Ct., right off the 94-bus route, but free parking is also available. Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and snacks. Everyone is welcome to attend.

We are Hiring! Three Summer Student Positions – Apply by May 25

Position A – Savour Ottawa Culinary Tourism Assistant

Position B – Just Food Start-Up Farm Program Assistant

Position C – Just Food Communications Assistant

 

TO APPLY – All of the following must be met:

  • Please send your resumé and cover letter within one attached document to info@justfood.ca by 5pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The document title must include your name and position(s) you are applying for, e.g. “Jane Smith Culinary Communications Application.pdf”.
  • Your email must have the subject line “Summer Student Hiring” for it to be considered.
  • Contact information for 3 references must be provided within your resumé.
  • Please indicate which job(s) you would like to be considered for.
  • Please relate your personal skills/experience to what we’re looking for below.
  • Ensure that you meet the age and educational criteria.

All those who apply will be contacted by email to let you know if you were selected or not.

Summer Student Work Terms:

Position A is 3-4 days/week over the summer, specific hours to be negotiated. (217.5 hours will be covered by the SEP program, with additional hours paid by Just Food).

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a postsecondary institution or within six months from graduation and have not yet reached the age of 25 upon commencement of employment. Must be a resident of Ontario. Sponsored by Ontario Summer Experience Program.

Positions B and C are full-time positions (35 hours/week) for 10 weeks. Applicants must be 30 years of age or under at the start of the employment; have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year. Sponsored by Employment and Social Development Canada Summer Jobs Program.

All positions offer a salary at $12/hour.

Interview Day: Monday, May 30, 2016 at Just Food Farm (2389 Pepin Court, Ottawa).

Positions are to start at the beginning of June.

General Requirements (for all positions):

  • Keen interest in, commitment to, and some knowledge of sustainable food and/or farming systems and community-based initiatives.
  • Ability to work independently in an office environment.
  • Ability to use email, WordPress, database with contact information, Google Drive, social media (Facebook, Twitter).
  • Comfortable and confident in speaking with members of the public and stakeholders in English (by phone and in person). Other languages considered an asset.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to balance taking initiative with strong team communication skills.

Job Descriptions:

A) Savour Ottawa Culinary Tourism Assistant  

The Summer Experience Program student will be working on culinary tourism initiatives at Just Food, including coordination of Savour Ottawa events, such as Summer Tables. With the guidance of a supervisor, the student will be responsible for implementing the following tasks:

  • Develop and implement website and social media content for Savour Ottawa, including seasonal marketing materials for local food and culinary tourism opportunities (farmers’ markets, farm visits and tours, etc.).
    • Collect business information/stories/pictures from members for 2016-2017 promotions.
    • Develop Facebook and other social media platforms.
    • Coordinate volunteers to send in pictures/stories throughout the summer, including from farmers’ markets, food businesses, events.
    • Develop promotional options that link to members’ sites.
  • Organizing retail events with local producers and processors.
  • Support committee organizing Summer Tables.
  • Recruit new members for Savour Ottawa.
  • Work on developing tourism products to launch in 2017.

The student will interact with Savour Ottawa members (including farmers, food processors, restaurateurs, food retailers, and farmers’ markets) in coordinating events, developing marketing materials, and offering member support. They will also interact with the general public in order to distribute marketing information, promote events, and respond to public inquiries.

Qualifications (in addition to general requirements):

  • Communications skills (interpersonal, written, online, public speaking, presentations, media releases).
  • Marketing skills (preference given to students with experience developing print and online materials).
  • Coordination and event planning skills.
  • Excellent English language skills are critical; French language skills are identified as an additional and important asset.

The position is within the ‘tourism’ sector as it provides marketing and communications, event development, and community engagement in the culinary and agri-tourism sector. The student will support product development and marketing; they will also develop and deliver tourism experiences that combine education, culture, recreation and entertainment.

About Savour Ottawa:

Savour Ottawa is a culinary tourism initiative that develops economic development opportunities for local agricultural and food businesses. We help market and promote Ottawa and the surrounding area as a year-round food and drink tourism destination. We also help verify local farmers, so that consumers buying local food can have assurance that they are supporting local farms. We also work with restaurant/food service and grocery store/retail members to ensure they are buying a minimum amount of local food from the local farmers that are members of the program. The program is now in its ninth year (we will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2017) and it has been recognized as one of the most successful buy local food initiatives in the province. The Savour Ottawa program is managed by Just Food, and is run in partnership with the City of Ottawa (Rural Affairs and Markets Management departments) and Ottawa Tourism.

B) Just Food Start-Up Farm Program Assistant

The Just Food Farm is a working farm in the NCC Greenbelt that currently houses a Start-Up Farm Program as well as long-term agricultural programs, community education and demonstration components on site. As part of this farm, Just Food offers access to land, equipment, and training to assist new farmers in the region in developing successful farm businesses. This position will support the further development of programs and community engagement at the farm site.
The position will include the following duties, under the supervision of Just Food staff:

  • Assist with development of farmer training program: compile resources, research and notes from first three years of program, conduct interviews with program participants.
  • Update website and social media content for Just Food Farm.
  • Organize and document systems for on-farm use of equipment.
  • Document and analyze evaluation results of farm programs for use in external communications.
  • Organize and promote an open house event at the farm for the general public.
  • Set up signage on site for educational purposes.
  • Conduct outreach to recruit new participants for the Start Up Farm Program, including an information session, print and online materials.
  • Assist with outreach and registration for educational workshops at the Just Food Farm on beekeeping, permaculture, organic agriculture, and other topics.
  • A small part of the position will be for direct support of field work, including grass-cutting, monitoring and documenting site conditions, etc.

Qualifications (in addition to general requirements)

The ideal candidate will come with a variety of skills:

  • Research and program/curriculum development skills.
  • Coordination and event planning skills.
  • Communications skills (interpersonal and written).
  • Graphic design ability – to put together a poster for an event, signage on-farm, etc.
  • Ability and interest to perform outdoor field work (including grass-cutting on riding lawn-mower).

C) Just Food Communications Assistant

The Just Food Communications Assistant will support Just Food’s communications platforms and strategies, including the creation of new promotional and marketing materials for various Just Food programs.

With the guidance of a supervisor, the student will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Support and implement new content for Just Food’s new website and social media including the development of profiles for community gardens, farmers, and food businesses.
  • Promote ongoing and new Just Food programs and events.
  • Contribute to the creation of a communications plan and content for city-wide food related legacy project for Ottawa’s sesquicentennial celebrations.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of Just Food’s database.
  • Assist day-to-day administration at Just Food when required.

Qualifications (in addition to general requirements):

  • Ability to synthesize information effectively while designing messaging for promotional material.
  • Ability to use multiple media formats to design high-quality promotional content.
  • Ability to make decisions regarding design and formatting autonomously.
  • Graphic design skills.
  • Ability to use multiple communication channels in resourceful ways – print, online, through networks, etc.
  • Ability to work with volunteers to generate content.
  • Excellent English language skills.
  • French language skills will be considered a strong asset within this position.

Download a pdf of this page here.

Notice of 2015 Annual General Meeting – October 15

Just Food’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held Thursday, October 15, from 6-8 p.m., at the Public Service Alliance of Canada, at 233 Gilmour Street.

Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM – members, partners, public. However, you must be an active member to be able to vote so please ensure that your membership is up to date. You can do so here.

Not a member yet? You need to become a member by Tuesday, September 15 to vote at this October 15 meeting, including electing the new Board of Directors. Information on our bylaws and how to become a member can be found here.

If you have any resolutions you would like to bring forward at the meeting, you must submit them to the board by Friday, September 25, so they can be circulated to the members at least 15 days before the meeting (See Article 16 on the link above). Please submit to board@justfood.ca.