June Newsletter – Food and Farming events in the region!


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region  


Just Food News and Events 

1. Sundays Starting June 2 | Yoga at the Farm

2. June 8 | Water Circle, Ceremony & Potluck – Fundraiser for Water Walk

3. Rain Barrel Fundraiser

4. Sundays Starting July 7 | Just Food Farmers Market 


Other Community News and Events

5. June 1 | The Great Canadian Pumpkin Seed Planting Seed 

6. Plant Swap Events Near You 

7. Farmers’ Markets in the Region 

8. June 15 – August 31 | Garden Promenade Tours 

9. June 15 – 23 | Garden Days

10. June 15 | Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

11. Show Solidarity for Women Farmers

12. Have Gardening Questions?



Just Food News and Events 

1. Sundays Starting June 2 | Yoga at the Farm  

Join Bee at the Just Food Farm for a traditional yoga class for all levels of skill and ages! The class will include physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation.

WHEN: Sundays 9:45 – 11 am, starting June 2
WHERE: Red Barn at Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa
It’s free, or by donation with all proceeds going to the Just Food Farm.

ABOUT THE TEACHER: Bee has been a yoga practitioner for 8 years and teaching for 5 years. She is a farmer and educator at Cadence Ecological Farm at the Just Food Farm, and is deeply interested in the role of holistic health while developing sustainable communities.

2. June 8 | Water Circle, Ceremony & Potluck – Fundraiser for Water Walk

Experience an Aboriginal Water Ceremony with four speakers talking about Anishnaabe teachings about water and food, Indigenous communities’ actions to protect watersheds from methylmercury poisoning, and the connections between water, food, and climate change. This will be followed by a sharing circle and potluck. 

This fundraiser supports the Mother Earth Water Walk 2019. Click here for more details.

WHEN: June 8, 2 – 7 pm
WHERE: Big Red Barn at Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court, Gloucester
WHAT TO BRING:

  • Jar with water from home or special place
  • Food to share at potluck
  • Reusable plate, cutlery, and cup

SUGGESTED DONATION: $15-$30

3. Rain Barrel Fundraiser

Support Just Food by purchasing your rain barrel from us this year for your food growing needs.

We are still selling terracotta rain barrels for $55. We are confident that this is the best price on the market right now. For more details, click here and if interested, email Himani at info@justfood.ca to arrange pickup. 

Support Just Food, conserve water and save money. Contact us today.

4. Sundays Starting July 7 | Just Food Farmers Market 

Join us starting July 7 from 10 am – 2 pm as we begin to enjoy the first produce of the season! Every Sunday, the farmers of Just Food will have fresh produce, condiments, sweet and savory treats, and much more! The Farm Stand is located at 2391 Pepin Court. Enjoy the first summer bounty of fresh, organic food from local farmers with us! For more information, click here


Other Community News and Events

5. June 1 | The Great Canadian Pumpkin Seed Planting Seed 

Want a pumpkin for Halloween? Mike’s Garden Harvest is offering a free event for people to come plant a pumpkin seed and later harvest it in the fall. Mike will take care of the plants during the summer. Join other volunteers on June 1st at 9:30 am at 436 River Road, alongside the folks from Live 88.5 Radio and Empties for Paws!

6. Plant Swap Events Near You 

Check out some of these plant swap events soon to get some new plants while exchanging some of your own!

EventDateLocationInformation
Plant &
Seed Swap +
Tree Give
away
June 1,
10 am – 1 pm
Velo Vanier, 270 Marier Ave. For more details, click here.
2019 Free
Plant Event 
June 8,
10 am – 2 pm
Jack Purcell Community Centre, 320 Jack Purcell LaneMark yourself as
GOING here for organizers
to know.
2019 Plant Swap EventJune 9,
10 am – 2 pm
Lansdowne Park Farmers MarketMark yourself as
GOING here for
organizers to
know.

7. Farmers’ Markets in the Region 

Look down the list for the closest farmers’ market opening near you to buy and support local farmers! For more ways to buy local, click here.

Farmers’ Market Location Timings
Beechwood
Market
43 Ste. Cecile St, within Optimiste Park Every Saturday 9 am – 2 pm, June 1 – October 26
Ottawa
Organic
Farmer’s
Market
1644 Bank St, near Heron Every Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, year-round 
Byward
Market
Square
Byward Market Square, between York and George Streets, downtown Ottawa Every day, typically 9 am – 5 pm, already open
Ottawa
Farmers’
Market- 
Lansdowne
Aberdeen Square, Lansdowne Park, 1000 Exhibition Way Every Sunday, 9 am – 3 pm, May 5 – October 27
Ottawa
Farmers’
Market- 
Westboro
Market
Byron Linear Park between
Richmond Road, Golden, Byron, and Broadview Avenues
Every Saturday, 9:30 am – 3 pm, May 18 – November 2
Ottawa
Farmers’
Market- 
Orleans
Ray Friel Recreation Complex, 1585 Tenth Line Rd, OrléansEvery Thursday, 12 pm – 6 pm, May 23 – October 10
Ottawa
Farmers’
Market- 
Barrhaven
Market
Nepean Woods Park & Ride, at Strandherd and Crestway DriveEvery Sunday, 10 am – 2 pm, June 2 – October 13
Cumberland
Farmers’
Market
R.J. Kennedy Community Centre, 1115 Dunning Rd, CumberlandEvery Saturday, 8 am – 1 pm, starting June 15
North
Gower
Farmers’
Market
2397 Roger Stevens Dr, North GowerEvery Saturday, 8:30 am – 1 pm, May 22 – October 5
Metcalfe
Farmers’
Market
2821 8th Line Rd, MetcalfeEvery Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm, May 11 – October 26
Kanata
Farmers’
Market
745 Kanata Ave, KanataEvery Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm, May 25 – November 3
Carp
Farmers’
Market
Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd, CarpEvery Saturday 9 am – 1 pm, May – October
Marché
du
Vieux-Aylmer
Memorial Park, corner of Broad and Main Street, AlymerEvery Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm, June 2 – October 29
Old
Chelsea
Market
212 Old Chelsea Rd, ChelseaEvery Thursday, 4 pm – 7 pm, May 30 – October 10
Marché
Notre-
Dame
330 Notre-Dame Rd, GatineauEvery day starting May 8, 8 am – 8 pm
Marché
Vieux-
Hull
Parc Du Portage, Gatineau (corner of Laurier and Victoria Streets)Every Thursday, 9:30 am – 2:30 am, May 30 – October 10

8. June 15 – August 31 | Garden Promenade Tours

Discover the dozens of gardens in the region along the Garden Promenade! Whether you wish to do it alone or hire a pro to show you the way, the Garden Promenade offers a broad range of options. Walk in downtown Ottawa and discover some of the 75+ garden attractions, combine a bike and culinary tour and travel along scenic bicycle paths, hop on and hop off Ottawa’s double decker buses for a multilingual guided tour while visiting the city’s famous attractions at your own pace, or drive it on your own. Enjoy the blooming flowers in the city the way you want too! For more information, click here

When: Every Saturday, from June 15 to August 31. 

9. June 15 – 23 | Garden Days

Gardens Ottawa invites you to a celebration event for the role gardens play in our lives and highlight the importance of public and private gardens. Plan a garden party at your garden, garden centre, school, community facility, garden club, or business within this nine-day period and let Ottawa know about it by adding your event here. What you do is entirely up to you, the intent is to celebrate gardens and gardening while contributing to Ottawa’s garden experiences. 

10. June 15 | Wild Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

Join Amber for a walk as you get introduced to common early summer wild edible and medicinal plants of Eastern Ontario. These may include red raspberry leaf, lemon balm, comfrey, and milkweed. You will have a chance to learn about plant identification, edible, medicinal, or other traditional uses of plants; harvesting, processing, and storage practices, and more! 

WHEN: June 15, 1 pm – 3 pm
WHERE: 2389 Pepin Court, Ottawa
Click here to register.

11. Show Solidarity for Women Farmers

Did you know the majority of smallholder rural farmers all over the world are women? The reality is that they face multiple barriers in accessing land, credit, and agency due to systemic challenges related to gender inequality. USC Canada wants to change this on June 3, when the global conference on gender equality begins in Vancouver. Write to you MP before then to ask that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau devote 10% of Canada’s international aid budget to women farmers. Help bring this issue to the table!

12. Have Gardening Questions?

As you start the growing season, do you want some advice or have questions about gardening? The Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton are a group of experienced gardeners with horticulture backgrounds that volunteer their time to help answer the public’s questions. They provide free, unbiased advice to home gardeners while encouraging good growing practices. Contact them by phone or email, listed here, or find them at clinics at local markets and fairs. 

Are you interested in having a gardening workshop with your community? Email communitygardening@justfood.ca for more information.



May 29 | Introduction to Beekeeping

Learn the basics of what you need to know for keeping bees in Ottawa with Just Food and Ron St. Louis from Capital Bees. This includes gaining a better understanding of the policy environment and what changes are afoot, how to get started and next steps for learning!

$15 cash at the door / pay-what-you-can
May 29, 7:00 – 9:00
2391 Pepin Court

Register today | RSVP communitygardening@justfood.ca

Cultivating Social Change: Social Innovation in Food System Transformation

The School of Social Innovation is excited to launch the 2019 edition of the Social Innovation Summer School! This year’s focus is on food system transformation – how are groups and communities using the lens of the food system to unpack pressing social challenges and imagine our world differently through food? Join us May 13-18 for 6 packed days of discussion, guest speakers and field trips! 

Food has long been a tool and site of societal transformation. Over the past 30 years, individuals and groups have sought increasingly innovative ways to address the social, environmental and economic challenges facing our food system, while also imagining and articulating the possibility for a new kind of food system. From food co-operatives and community gardens to peasant and farmworker movements, food centres, gleaning projects and food policy councils there is a wide diversity of approaches, visions and manifestations of food system transformation.  Using the lens of the food system, we will explore various pathways and orientations to social change and social innovation, as well as specific projects, collaborations and organizations seeking to “do food differently” in the Ottawa region.

This is a week-long intensive course, cross-listed as both undergraduate and graduate. It can also be taken without credit for those interested in auditing or continuing education. 

Full program: http://innovationsocialeusp.ca/en/evenement/summer-school-2019-cultivating-social-change-social-innovation-in-food-system-transformation

To register: https://ustpaul.ca/form-summer-school-in-social-innovation.php

Can’t commit to the full week? Two of the evening lectures are open to the public: 

For more information, email Professor Amanda Wilson awilson@ustpaul.ca

May 2019 Newsletter


Just Food News and Events


1. May 6 |Just Food is Hiring Students for the Summer!

2. May 7 | Last Day to Purchase your Rain Barrel and Garden Irrigation Accessories from the Just Food Fundraiser!

3. May 14 | How to Start a Community Garden Workshop

4. May 28 | Free Container Gardening Workshop & Seed Library 

5. May 24 – 30 | The Biggest Little Farm at the Bytown!

6. May 29 | Introduction to keeping bees in Ottawa – $15


Other Community News and Events

7. May 13 | Mark Cullen is Speaking at Canadensis’ Annual General Meeting (AGM)

8. June 30 | Deadline to Apply for Ryerson’s Urban Agriculture Policy Course

9. Check out some amazing food initiatives on FLEdGE’s Youtube Channel



Just Food News and Events 

1. Just Food is Hiring Students this Summer!

This summer we are looking for students to fill the roles of Assistant Program Coordinator and Assistant Community Farm Coordinator at the Just Food Farm! Click here to view the job postings and learn more.

2. May 7 |  Last Day to Purchase your Rain Barrel and Garden Irrigation Accessories from the Just Food Fundraiser!

Support Just Food by purchasing your rain barrel and/or tote from us this year for your food growing needs.

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 6
  • Step 3: attend the Just Food rain barrel pick-up event on May 12, located at the Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court, Gloucester
    *If you cannot pick up on May 12, alternate arrangements after this date can be made! 

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 communitygardening@justfood.ca.  

3. May 14 | How to Start a Community Garden Workshop

When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Where: Just Food Farm in the Big Red Barn | 2391 Pépin Court

Note: This course is mandatory for anyone seeking funds from the CGDF

  • Learn about what you need to know in search of land, planning, building, and community building
  • Understand what supports are accessible through the Community Gardening Network
  • Learn how to access funds through the Community Garden Development Fund (CGDF)

Email communitygardening@justfood.ca to RSVP. 

4. May 28 | Container Gardening Workshop & Seed Library Pop-up – free!

Curious about container gardening? Join us and CCOC at this free event!

This event has two aspects: a workshop on container gardening and an Ottawa Seed Library pop-up!

Learn the basics of gardening, access some free seeds to try your hand at seed saving – don’t worry, we will have another workshop at the end of the summer on seed saving! 

Register today!

5. May 24 – 30 | The Biggest Little Farm at the Bytowne

Just Food is partnering to promote The Biggest Little Farm from May 24 – 30 at the Bytowne Cinema! 

This is a visually stunning film and we hope you prioritize to see it on the big screen!  This shows one family as they start up on their farm. For information on start-up farm supports in the Ottawa region, email phil@justfood.ca.

Click here to view the trailer.

6. May 29 | Introduction to keeping bees in Ottawa – $15

When: Wednesday, May 29 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: 2391 Pepin Court in the Big Red Barn 
Cost: $15 (inclusive of HST) cash at the door / pay-what-you-can 

Learn the basics of what you need to know for keeping bees in Ottawa with Just Food and Ron St. Louis from Capital Bees. This includes gaining a better understanding of the policy environment and what changes are afoot, how to get started and next steps for learning! 

Register today | RSVP communitygardening@justfood.ca


Other Community News and Events

7. May 13 | Mark Cullen is Speaking at Canadensis’ Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Mark Cullen will be guest speaking at the Canadensis AGM. He will speak about his new book ‘Escape to Reality: How the World is Changing Gardening and Gardening is Changing the World.”

When: May 13, 2019 – AGM starts at 6:30pm, Mark will speak at 8:00pm (free of charge)
Where: Neatby Building, Salon A, 960 Carling Ave, Parking is free

8. June 30 | Deadline to Apply for Ryerson’s Urban Agriculture Policy Course This course looks at participatory policy formulation processes leading to sustainable development and institutionalisation of urban agriculture. It also highlights tools and methodologies for analysing stakeholders, farming systems, land uses, and regulatory frameworks. Next steps involve strategic planning, followed by the formulation of action projects and policies and their implementation (considering contrasting disciplinary perspectives), and finally, monitoring and evaluation. The course uses a wide array of case studies from cities around the world. Duration: 39 hours  Click here for more information about the course. 

9. Check out some amazing food initiatives on FLEdGE’s Youtube Channel

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems Youtube Channel has a new video series called “The Social Economy of Food.”

This video series emphasizes  environmental, social, and economic value simultaneously throughout our food systems across the country. Take 3 minutes to watch some of these amazing examples of Indigenous groups, farmers, organizations, and businesses across Canada that are making strides to improve our food systems throughout various stages.

One notable highlight is a video on our awesome local partner, Hidden Harvest Ottawa – a volunteer-based initiative that harvests food from nuts and fruit trees across the city, and donates a portion to the nearest food banks. 



May 14 | How to Start a Community Garden

Join us on May 14 and 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!

The attendance of at least one garden coordinator at a How to Start a Community Garden workshop is a requirement in order to receive funding through the Community Garden Development Fund.  The coordinator must have attended a workshop in one of the past 3 years.

Registration is required as space is limited.
When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Just Food Farm in the Big Red Barn | 2391 Pépin Court
RSVP: Email communitygardening@justfood.ca

on RSVP please identify the general area where you plan to set up a community garden, and summarize your work to date, if applicable.

Just Food is Hiring Summer Students!

TWO SUMMER STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

For more information about Just Food, please see www.justfood.ca

TO APPLY All of the following must be met:

– Please send your resumé and cover letter within one attached document to moe@justfood.ca by Monday, May 6, 2019 at 12:00pm (noon). 

Your email must have the subject line “Summer Student Hiring” for it to be considered.

– Interviews will be in the afternoon and evening of May 7, 2019 (If you cannot make this date, please indicate if you are available by phone).

– 3 references must be provided on request.

Summer Student Work Terms:

Both positions are 35 hours a week for 8 weeks at the Just Food Farm office located at 2391 Pépin Court. Applicants must be between 30 years of age or under at the start of the employment; 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; a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a person on whom refugee status has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Note: international students are not eligible); legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations.  These positions are part of the Canada Summer Jobs grant stream with Employment and Social Development Canada.

All positions offer a salary of $15/hour

General Requirements (for all positions):

  • Keen interest in, commitment to, and some knowledge of food/farming systems and community-based initiatives.
  • Ability to work independently in an office environment
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to balance taking initiative with strong team communication skills

Please relate your personal skills and experience to what we’re looking for below. If you are interested in more than one position, make sure your cover letter and resume indicate this clearly.

Job Descriptions:

Assistant Program Coordinator

Under the guidance of Just Food, the student will be responsible for outreach, planning, and implementation of tours and special events at the farm, and for communicating with participants and the public. The student will be responsible for working with the entire Just Food team to assist with the organization and delivery of the Community Farm Days event. Other tasks include:

In addition to the qualifications listed in the general section the ideal candidate will have:

  • Post-secondary education (any level)
  • Event planning experience
  • Strong writing and editing abilities
  • Organizational skills
  • Digital and technical skills (including use of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, WordPress, and NationBuilder)
  • Bilingualism (French & English) is an asset

This position will begin July 8 and work for 35 hours per week at the Just Food Farm office until August 30.

Assistant Community Farm Coordinator

Under the guidance of the Just Food Farm Coordinator, the student will be responsible for supporting all aspects of the on-farm delivery of the Start-Up Farm Program, the Community Farm Partner social enterprises, and various community education and food access initiatives including the Karen Community Farm, the Plant-a-Row, Donate-a-Row Garden, the Community Food Forest, and The Commons garden project.

The Assistant Farm Coordinator will have the following responsibilities:

  • Signing out and keeping inventory of equipment
  • Health and safety monitoring
  • Collecting information on organic certifications
  • Outreach and planning for meetings and committees
  • Establishing and communicating common rules and conduct

In addition to the qualifications listed in the general section the ideal candidate will have:

  • Customer service experience
  • Event planning experience
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment
  • Digital and technical skills (including use of Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Word Press, and Nation Builder)
  • Some experience with graphic design
  • Bilingualism (French & English) is an asset

This position will begin May 8 and work for 35 hours per week until July 3.

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

Just Food Seeking Volunteers to Serve on Our Board of Directors

Just Food seeks 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

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, ensure organizational accountability, and 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 be:

  • Committed to Just Food’s goals and values;
  • Able to commit a minimum of 4 hours per month to Just Food (more for Executive Committee members);
  • Knowledgeable of the local food context (important); and,
  • Members of Just Food.

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 or volunteer).

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 ofJust Food’s Board of Directors, along with a current CV, to mbender1@teksavvy.com by Monday April 29, 2019.  Interviews are expected to will take place early May.

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.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Support Just Food, purchase a rain barrel!

In honour of World Water Day, we are launching our Rain Barrel Fundraiser. 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.

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.

CSA Shares for 2019 Still Available!

Community Shared Agriculture (CSA)—sometimes called Community Supported Agriculture—is an agreement between farmers and eaters, where eaters agree to purchase locally produced food from farmers at the beginning of a growing season, and farmers agree to provide fresh, high quality food as it becomes available throughout the season. CSA is important for strengthening local food systems: it provides farmers with a guaranteed market; strengthens community by building relationships between farmers and eaters; and increases transparency within the food system by giving eaters access to information about the food they eat and how it was produced.

If you are interested in being a part of community shared agriculture in 2019 it isn’t too late! there are still 2019 CSA shares available from the following list of producers across the region:

For more information on CSA in Ottawa, visit http://justfood.ca/csa-farms/   You can also find more producers and information by checking ‘Producers’ and ‘CSA/food Box’ next to the map on the buy local food guide: http://savourottawa.ca/buy-local-food-guide/