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/

March 26, 2019 Workshop: How to Start a Community Garden in Ottawa

Get ready for spring at the free, “How to Start a Community Garden” workshop! 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!

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, March 26, 2019, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Conference Room | Sandy Hill Community Centre | 250 Somerset East
RSVP: 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.

Ottawa Seedy Saturday – March 2!

Calling All Gardeners!
Eager to get back in your garden?

This annual seed exchange and sale will feature an organic mini-market, garden talks and workshops, a swap table and organic snacks.

While your gardens sleep under their blanket of snow, why not come out for a visit?

Where: Ron Kolbus Centre, Brittania Park
When:
March 2, 10 AM – 3 PM

Workshop seating is limited, so come early!

Free admission – free workshops

This event is organized by Greta, from Greta’s Organic Gardens.

 

New Garden Plots Available at the Commons!

New Garden Plots Available at the Commons!

 

Serious about growing food? Looking for space to grow more than the average community garden or backyard plot will allow?

Just Food is launching a new project called The Commons – with larger plots dedicated to increasing community food production.

First site:  Just Food Farm – 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet.
Other sites opening in the Fall in the West and South of Ottawa for 2020.

20 plots are available this year, with long-term access to them.
Maximum of one plot per household.

Size: Each plot is approximately 250 m2 (or 2,700 ft2 or 1/16 of an acre)
Cost: $350+HST per year

Details:

  • Two workshops at Just Food Farm covering crop planning, soil fertility, water conservation and use of the Just Food Farm are required for each first-time Commons member.
  • We will take all names up to Feb 25, 5:00pm, and if there are more than 20 households at that point, we will choose 20 names from a hat, moving other names to a waiting list.  We will add any names from Feb 25, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Priority will be given to East-end Ottawa residents.
  • Accessing 2391 Pepin Court in Blackburn Hamlet is possible by OC Transpo #94 and there is free parking on site.
  • Please note: If you already have a community garden plot in Ottawa, you need to give up your existing spot, to support the common objective of creating more space for more households in Ottawa to participate in food production.
  • Please wait for confirmation from Just Food that you have received a new Commons plot before leaving your current community garden.  If this is a problem (ie. you have to confirm our plot at your existing garden before Feb 25), please let us know which garden you are a part of.

Please email info@justfood.ca for any of the following reasons:

  • If you would like further information.
  • If you would like to apply (Please include your name, address, and contact information in the email).
  • If you would like a plot but can’t afford one (There will be sponsored plots available in 2019, based on success of raising funds. We will keep your name on a waiting list for these plots).

How To Start a Community Garden: Jan 13, Feb 6, and Feb 20, 2019!

What a better way to start the new year then learning at the free, “How to Start a Community Garden” workshop! 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!

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: Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00 
Where: 2391 Pepin Court |Ottawa ON
RSVP: communitygardening@justfood.ca

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30
Where:Nepean Room | Nepean, Rideau & Osgoode Community Resource Centre | 1547 Merivale Road, Unit 240
RSVP: communitygardening@justfood.ca

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30
Where: Bank Room | Heron Road Community Centre | 1480 Heron Road |
RSVP: 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.

Deadline Extended for Start-Up Farm Program to Dec 3!

Hello Just Food friends,

By request from a number of people, Just Food is extending the deadline for Start-Up Farm applications from this Sunday to Monday, December 3, 2018 – 9am to allow another couple of weekends to ask us questions and fill in the application form.

Please keep in mind that there is the Cliff Gazee Bursary to assist with expenses should someone interested be living with low-income.

For more information or to answer specific questions, please go to:  justfood.ca/start-up-farm-program/ or email phil@justfood.ca

Please share this information with others.

 

Thanks!

 

The Just Food team