Support Our Work for Just, Sustainable Food and Farming Systems

We’re wrapping up another productive year here at Just Food!

Over the past months and years, our small team, joined by hundreds of volunteers and community supporters, have managed to make great strides for all our projects.

What’s been happening?

In the last five years we’ve increased the number of community gardens across Ottawa from 39 to 99 in 2018, and they’re still growing!

As part of the Canada 150 celebrations along with Ottawa 2017, Just Food developed and delivered 15 separate agri-tours and events across rural Ottawa.  

In 2017 we undertook a major renovation of the barn at the Just Food Farm, creating a permanent office and large, accessible community meeting, event and training space (available for your businesses, government teams, non-profits and school groups to use as of Spring 2019).  A new solar shed was also installed to support renewable energy on site.

This year…

In 2018 Just Food developed and delivered a commercial-ready food-processing course that will help new food and farm start-ups meet the demand for local food.

In 2018 we also opened our freshly renovated Red Barn in Blackburn Hamlet and hosted numerous community meetings and events, including a popular Repair Café and the Agroecology Field School Research Summit.

This fall, the Savour Ottawa project launched the newest Ottawa Buy Local Food webguide along with a first mobile app.  

Throughout, we have continued our work on food policy at the local, provincial and national levels, and in 2019 will continue working with other municipalities across Canada on policies that we can implement at a municipal level to increase access to good food.

We are excited to share these new and ongoing projects with you as we work to a build vibrant, just and sustainable food and farming systems for everyone.

That’s where you can help.

Next year’s projects….

Into the next year, we’ll continue our innovative Start-Up Farm Program with another cohort of new farmers. Preparing the land, repairing the infrastructure and equipment, providing new farmer training – the Start up Farm program has many critical built-in costs, and doesn’t receive public funding, like other post-secondary programs. Just Food subsidizes a portion of the program fee, as recovering all of these costs in fees from the start-up farmers would make the program inaccessible to many.

In the last two years we have developed our Community Food Forest, planting hundreds of trees and perennial plants, with more on the way. In order to better serve as a community education tool, we need to fund identification signs and pathways.

The New Roots Garden continues to grow, offering space for New Canadian and refugee families to access land to better meet household fresh food needs and to grow culturally relevant food. These plots are offered at no charge to the families for the first few years, as families settle into their new lives in Canada.

We have a few more programs starting up in 2019, including new agri-tours, food hub, and commons gardening project, that you’ll hear about shortly through the Just Food newsletter and social media.

Your support…

….from participating in events, following our work in the community and online, and donating to help support everything we do – has made it possible for Just Food to thrive. As we head into winter, we hope to be able to count on your support.  

By donating $25, $50 or $100 you can help ensure that Just Food’s projects (Start-up Farm, New Roots, Education programming, Food Policy changes, Food Forest, etc) continue in 2019. You can also spread your donations to Just Food out over the year by becoming a monthly donor. Setting up a monthly automatic donation helps us plan for the year ahead and is easy to do.

There are two simple ways to financially support our work:

      Give directly to Just Food as a one-time or monthly donation to support all areas of our work, from the community gardening network to progress on food policy.  As a non-profit, but not a charity, this type of donation will receive a receipt, but it is not tax-deductible. Follow this link to donate to Just Food directly: https://justfood.nationbuilder.com/support_jf_2018_2

      Donate through our partners at Achillea Endeavours (through Canada Helps) to receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation.  Select the “Just Food Healthy Soils Fund” and this donation will go towards supporting our work specifically at Just Food Farm.  Follow this link to donate through Achillea Endeavours: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/achillea-endeavours/

We remain grateful to people throughout the region who together have donated thousands of hours of volunteer time, working collaboratively to create more just food systems.     

In gratitude,

The Just Food Team

Food, Fairs and Farm Events This September

Just Food

September 2018


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region

Just Food News and Events

1. Sept 12 or 15 | Opportunity for Land/Supports to Start a Farm Business

2. Sept 12, 14 & Oct 16 | CGN Workshops

3. Sept 23 | Green Energy Open Doors at Just Food Tour

4. Sept 30 | Thinking Garden Viewing – Capital Grannies

Other Community News and Events

5. September | Fairs

6. Sept 7 | Potato Field Day at Ferme Beetbox Farm

7. Sept 8 & 9 | Drouin Farm Apple & Pumpkin Festival

8. Sept 15 | Yoga at the Domaine Perrault Vineyard – Finale Party & Fundraiser 2018

9. Sept 21-22 | Beau’s Oktoberfest

10. Sept 21 | Domaine Perrault – Korean Cooking Class & Wine Sampling

11. Sept 14 – 23 | Gardenlicious by Garden Promenade

12. Sept 21 – 23 | Green Energy Open Doors Tour

13. Sept 26 | All-Candidates’ Mayoral Debate on the Environment

14. Sept 30 | Gatineau Hills Farm Hop

15. Sept 30 | Tunes & Spoons

16. Oct 3 | Feast of Fields


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. Sept 12 or 15 | Opportunity for Land/Supports to Start a Farm BusinessWanting to start a farm business and need land and/or support?

Find out about Just Food’s Start-up Farm Program, for a diversity of folks including those from a non-farm background, second careerists, new Canadians, and those with farm experience, or land in other settings. This program includes access to land, shared infrastructure/equipment, and training. It’s aim is to enable more people in this region to start their own successful farm business.

When:Wednesday Sept 12 – 7-8pm or Saturday Sept 15 – 10-11am (ability to tour site after info session)
Where:  Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Crt.
Register at info@justfood.ca  – Please indicate which session you wish to come to

2. Sept 12, 14 & Oct 16 | CGN Workshops

Sept 12 | Seed Saving

Join us for an evening where we learn about how to save our own seeds from our gardens this year.  At this workshop participants will learn about:

Flower and pollination types
Harvest and Storage of vegetable seeds
The Ottawa Seed Library
Isolation distance best practices for vegetables
And more!

When: Wednesday Sept 12 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: 464 Metcalfe St.
Cost: Free
RSVP: Gardening@ccochousing.org

Sept 14 | Salsa Making

It’s a time of garden abundance, but what are you going to do with all that food?  You can can it – using the hot water bath canning method of course! This demonstration workshop will instruct participants with all they need to know to confidently use the hot water bath canning method to make salsa and other recipes.

When: Friday Sept 14 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Where: 30 Quill St. – Overbrook Community Centre
Cost: $5.00 or pay-what-you-can
RSVP: Communitygardening@justfood.ca

Oct 16 | Hot Water Bath Canning Workshop 

It’s a time of garden abundance, but what are you going to do with all that food?  You can can it – using the hot water bath canning method of course! This demonstration workshop will instruct participants with all they need to know to confidently use the hot water bath canning method to make salsa, jam, or pickles.

When: Tuesday Oct 16 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: 464 Metcalfe St.
Cost: Free
RSVP: Gardening@ccochousing.org

3. Sept 23 | Green Energy Open Doors at Just Food

As part of Green Energy Open Doors, Just Food will be hosting a farm tour from 1:00 – 2:30 on Sunday September 23. Just Food Farm is a community farm with many projects and programs happening on site simultaneously. The Farm Stand will be in operation, so come on in early and take a look at what the land and new farmers have to offer!

By attending this tour you can learn about:

The Just Food solar array
Our Start up Farm Program
Our Community Food Forest and Community Gardens
Our Community Program Spaces
And more!

We’ll be meeting at the big red barn at 1:00 to get started.

When: Sunday Sept 23 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Where: 2391 Pepin Crt.
Parking: Stop at the Farm stand on the way in, but parking for the tour is located behind the big red barn
Bus: Number 94 bus will take you to Tauvette stop along Innes Rd. which is at the corner of Just Food Farm

 

4. Sept 30 | Thinking Garden Viewing – Capital Grannies

Join the Capital Grannies for an inspirational afternoon viewing the film “Thinking Garden,” about a South African community garden, and finding out about community gardens in the Ottawa area

The award-winning movie “Thinking Garden,” produced by Elizabeth Vibert, historian and professor in Victoria, B.C., and Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh, is a story about three generations of South African women creating a communal garden and a gathering place for women to think about effecting change in the context of poverty, climate change and HIV/AIDs. Elizabeth got to know the farmers at the Hleketani Community Garden over some years while conducting oral history research. These older women had taken matters into their own hands to produce food locally for the most vulnerable people. They asked Elizabeth whether she would be doing a film about them and so she contacted Christine, who saw in their story many parallels to the work she has done documenting the historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous women in Canada.

When Elizabeth showed the completed film to the women of the Hleketani Community Garden, they declared: “It’s like a miracle … we never dreamed we would see something like this for our farm.” These South African women have drawn on remarkable reserves of strength, courage and resilience in answering Christine’s question: “What does hope look like?”

To complement this story of a South African community garden, local Ottawa people will be telling their own stories of their community gardens. The volunteers who work in the Shepherds of Good Hope community garden, which supplies vegetables for the soup kitchen all summer, as well as participants from the Parkdale Food Centre, Growing Futures, Just Food and the Karen Farm, will talk about their work.

Please join us for a thought-provoking afternoon!

When: SundaySeptember 30, 3:00 p.m.
Where: 
St. Paul’s University Amphitheatre, 223 Main Street

 

Other Community News and Events

 5. September | Fairs

Sept 6 – 9 | Russell Fair

Harvesting excitement is what we do best every September since 1858 in the pleasant rural village of Russell where the tradition of agricultural and homecraft exhibits is complemented by the Robertson Amusements midway, truck and tractor pulls, a demolition derby and daily live entertainment for young and the young at heart. Come join us! We’re only minutes off the 417 east of Ottawa.

When:  September 6 – 9
Where: 1052-1076 Concession St, Russell, ON
Cost:
Weekend gate passes – $25
Adults (13 & over) – $10* (Saturday Adult – $12)
Children (7 to 12) – $5
Children (under 7) – Free
https://russellfair.com/

 

Sept 13 – 16 | The Richmond Fair

The fair features events such as agriculture shows, demolition derby, live entertainment, rock climbing, games, rides, and more providing a day’s worth of fun and entertainment for the whole family!

When: September 13 – 16
Where: 6121 Perth Street, Richmond, ON
Cost: Pricing varies. General admission and advance gate tickets available – see link for details https://www.richmondfair.ca/tickets

 

Sept 20 –  23 | The Carp Fair

Enjoy a fun-filled day in the country at the “Best Little Fair in Canada”, the Carp Fair.  With great music, great shows, and a huge midway… you’ll find something for the entire family! Feel the exhilaration of all the midway twists turns and tumbles! Enjoy live music, world-class horse shows and President’s Choice SuperDogs! There is a Family Circle tent with magic shows, and puppets or experience agricultural learning in the Ag Tent, petting zoo and more! It’s a full weekend of family fun! For a great Fall day in the country – where all your senses will be activated – see, hear, smell – come visit Carp Fair 2018 and go home exhausted.

When: September 20 – 23
Where: Carp Farigrounds, 3790 Carp Rd, Carp, ON
Cost: Pricing varies. Early-bird passes available – see link for details http://carpfair.ca/fair/guest-info/

 

Sept 27 – 30 | Metcalfe Fair

Rural tradition meets modern family entertainment at the Metcalfe Fair! 2018 will mark the 162nd anniversary of this Fall tradition, held annually in the Village of Metcalfe. Feature events include the horse pull, demolition derby, classic car show, fiddling and step dancing, midway games, and much more! Held every year since 1856, the Metcalfe Fair https://www.metcalfefair.com/ is one of the premier agricultural exhibitions in Ontario.

When: September 27 – 30
Where: 2821 8th Line Road, Ottawa, ON
Cost:

Adults – $10/day or $25 weekend pass

Children (6 – 12 years old) – $5/day or $12 weekend pass

Children 5 and under – FREE

 

6. Sept 7 | Potato Field Day at Ferme Beetbox Farm

Join potato breeder Duane Falk at the Beetbox Farm for a  100% potato workshop!

Since 2013, The Bauta Family Seed Initiative in collaboration with the University of Manitoba has been running a participatory plant breeding program on potatoes. Over 20 farmers across the country are involved in selecting and improving different varieties of potatoes on their farm, to develop their on on-farm variety. Duane Falk, the potato breeder for the project, has been doing organic breeding work for cereals for over 30 years, and he is now applying that knowledge to help develop new potato varieties for farmers across the country.

The workshop will include:

  • A discussion on selection: How to select in the field? How to develop new potato varities on your farm?
  • In the field selection: A hands-on experience in selecting potato in the Beetbox field

The workshop will be followed by a 100% potato potluck. Potato is a versatile produce that can be served from appetizer to dessert. Bring your original potato dish to share it with the rest of the group!

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/field-day-on-participatory-plant-breeding-for-potatoes-tickets-48928349009?utm_term=eventurl_text

When:  September 7 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Where: Ferme BeetBox Farm 230 Davidson’s Side Road Ottawa, ON
Cost: Free!

 

7. Sept 8 & 9 | Drouin Farm Apple & Pumpkin Festival

Come join us September 8 & 9 for a fun-filled family day at the Apple and Pumpkin Festival! Free admission Activities: Vendor Market* Horse and buggy rides* Farm Animal Tour Onsite Park Bouncy Castles Photobooth Canteen* Pumpkins for sale* Pumpkin hunt* Photo sessions* Apple picking at Verger Cléroux* (* = paid activities)

When: September 8 & 9
Where: Ferme Drouin, 1230 Rte 400, Casselman, ON
Cost: Variable by activity

 

8. Sept 15 | Yoga at the Domaine Perrault Vineyard – Finale Party & Fundraiser 2018

This year’s event will be held in memory of a very special woman who fought a long and courageous battle against Ovarian Cancer. On May 31, 2018, Ashley Courtois (Cowan) – who inspired the inception of this annual fundraiser – passed away at only 33 years of age. Please join us as we dedicate this entire event to Ashley: she showed us what true courage looks like, always smiling and refusing to give up hope.

Wine, yoga, dinner, live music, a dance party, prizes and more! All in support of Ovarian Cancer Canada.

Hosting this event is Savour Ottawa member Domaine Perrault Vineyard.

When: Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Where: 1000 Perrault Road, Navan, Ontario

For more information – https://www.facebook.com/events/1259651970838973/

9. Sept 21-22 | Beau’s Oktoberfest

Beau’s Oktoberfest is the annual signature fundraising event for craft brewery Beau’s Brewing Co. Held in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Beau’s Oktoberfest features live music on two stages, 17 Beau’s beers and over 50 guest taps, delicious cuisine from 28 local restaurants, activities, a kinderfest for children and so much more! Beau’s Oktoberfest was named “Ontario Culinary Tourism Event of the Year” in 2016 by the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. Oktoberfest is Wunderbar!

When: Friday, September 21 – Saturday, September 22, 2018
Where: 92 Main St W, Vankleek Hill, ON
Cost: Ticket prices vary – https://tickets.beausoktoberfest.ca/

 

10. Sept 21 | Domaine Perrault – Korean Cooking Class & Wine Sampling

Learn how and prepare Korean chicken wraps, Spicy Cucumber salad and more!!

-Sample these along with 5 wines (2 oz per wine per person) served by Julie Ricard, Sommelier, Fortified Grape

-Cost includes wine tasting and food sampling

– For single ticket: You get to take home: 1 envelope of Epicure Korean BBQ and chicken sauce mix, 1 jar of Asian Stir Fry, 1 Chili Flakes and Garlic Topper and 1 Minced Garlic.

For more information and to register: https://koreanandwine.eventbrite.ca

Hosting this event is Savour Ottawa member Domaine Perrault Vineyard.

When:  September 21 at 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: 1000 Perrault Road, Navan, Ontario
Cost: $47 – $72

 

11. Sept 14 – 23 | Gardenlicious by Garden Promenade

As the days begin to grow shorter, and the heat of the summer starts to dissipate, people in this region look forward to the bounties of the harvest. This September, Gardenlicious is the opportunity to connect your garden to the culinary world.

Does your garden already have a culinary experience? This could be the opportunity to connect with a local chef and restaurant. You could host a chef from one of our official restaurants for your visitors to meet, which will offer a truly delightful garden culinary experience from the farm to the plate.

Watch http://www.gardenpromenade.ca/gardenlicious-sept-22-24-2017/ to learn about activities, as they are added for 2018.  This site will provide you with times, and locations where you can enjoy some of the city’s best Garden-to-Table experiences.

When: September 14 – 23
Where: The Garden Promenade

12. Sept 21 – 23 | Green Energy Open Doors 

Green Energy Doors Open, is a Canada-wide showcase of individual, community, and commercial sustainable energy projects. It is organized and spearheaded by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. The initiative aims to showcase advancements in the sector, demonstrating that Ontario is already on the path to building a 100% clean, sustainable energy system.

The event is free to participate in as a host and to attend. In 2017, the initiative featured more than 150 events in Ontario, Alberta and BC with more than 10,000 attendees.

For more info: http://www.ottawagedo.org

Here’s three tours we recommend you take a look at:

Beetbox Farm Tour

During this year’s Green Energy Doors Open, explore another side of the sustainable lifestyle by visiting a working vegetable farm in the city! Embark on an hour-long guided tour of BeetBox Co-operative Farm: a 110 acre, human-scale & diversified urban farm situated in the Greenbelt.

Deepen your knowledge of hyper-local food production in a uniquely picturesque farm bordering the Ottawa River and surrounded by forest and marshes. Learn how three young farmers came together to launch an ambitious farm business currently feeding 106 families and discover how the community at large has rallied behind the project.

When: Sunday, September 23, 2018  3:00 – 4:15
Where: 230 Davidson’s Side Rd Nepean, ON K2K 2Z4 (off of Carling Ave.)
For more info: www.beetbox.ca

Kin Vineyards Tour

Explore KIN Vineyards, located in the heart of Carp, to learn about how a community-owned solar project and partnership with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC) and other energy innovations allowed KIN to be a net-zero energy vineyard.

Join a tour of the vineyards to learn about the history of KIN and the land it sits on. Gain insight into the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative’s most recent community-owned solar 30-kW project, hosted on the roof of the production building, was connected to the grid in early July. The solar project is 100% owned by members of the Co-operative.

Bike to the vineyard with a group of solar enthusiasts, led by OREC General Manager Janice Ashworth. The group will be leaving from 969 Wellington St. W at 10 AM.

When: Sept 23 12 – 1 pm
Where: 2225 Craig’s Side Rd., Carp, ON
For more info: www.kinvineyards.com

Just Food Community Farm Tour

Just Food Farm is a community farm with many projects and programs happening on site simultaneously. The Farm Stand will be in operation, so come on in early and take a look at what the land has to offer!

By attending this tour you can learn about:

The Just Food solar array
Our Start up Farm Program
Our Community Food Forest and Community Gardens
Our Community Program Spaces
And more!

We’ll be meeting at the big red barn at 1:00 to get started.

When: Sept 23 1 – 2:30 pm
Where: 2391 Pepin Crt.
Parking: Stop at the Farm stand on the way in, but parking for the tour is located behind the big red barn
Bus: Number 94 bus will take you to Tauvette st. a short walk away from Just Food.

 

13. Sept 26 | All-Candidates’ Mayoral Debate on the Environment

In the lead up to the 2018 Ottawa municipal election, Ecology Ottawa is hosting an All-Candidates’ Mayoral Debate on the Environment. The debate, co-hosted by Ottawa Riverkeeper, Walk Ottawa, Healthy Transportation Coalition, Waste Watch Ottawa and the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital, will take place at the Shaw Centre on Wednesday, September 26th.

The two hour debate, to which all mayoral candidates have been invited, will include questions on climate change adaptation, waste management, environmental justice, active transportation and greenspace, among other municipally-focused environmental concerns.

The event is free, but registration is required.

When: Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 6:30 – 8:30 
Where:
 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive

https://www.facebook.com/events/276070483187799/

If you are interested in debates for the different Wards, this handy article has identified the different debates happening by ward.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-votes-2018-municipal-election-debates-1.4800928

14. Sept 30 | Gatineau Hills Farm Hop

Three Gatineau Hills farms have joined forces to offer you a fall festival to remember. Pick pie pumpkins, press cider, bake potatoes, have lunch, and celebrate the season!!  Farm Hop is an event conducted between Roots & Shoots Farm, Juniper Farm, and Ferme et Forêt.

Please see this link for more details:http://www.farmhop.ca/en/

When: Sept 30 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Three farms, start at any of them!

Roots and Shoots Farm

115 Chemin de la Beurrerie, Ste Cecile de Masham, Qc 

Ferme et Forêt

225 Chemin Shouldice, Wakefield, QC

Juniper Farm

375 Chemin Shouldice Wakefield, QC

 

15. Sept 30 | Tunes & Spoons

What could be better? Colin Linden of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings headlining, 8 local ‘celebrity’ chefs cooking, craft beer and Ontario wine flowing, all in support of our community. Tunes and Spoons promises to be the food event of the fall, with an aim to raise funds to support local, organic, sustainable farms to get their fresh food into the hands of those who need it most – people in our community who are experiencing food insecurity.

All funds raised will be split between four local farms, each one asked specifically to grow a particular crop which will then be supplied to the Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre (RRCRC) for distribution to their emergency food cupboard clients and through their MarketMobile initiative!

To buy your tickets please visit:
https://www.tickettailor.com/events/tunesandspoons/180225

For more details or to get involved please visit the event website:
http://www.tunesandspoons.org/
or email Shannon at shannon.szkurhan@crcrr.org.

 

16. Oct 3 | Feast of Fields 

“Feast of Fields, Ottawa’s most delicious fundraiser!”

Paula Roy, local food writer & blogger – 2017

 

Join Canadian Organic Growers at Feast of Fields,

Come celebrate the bounty of fall with outstanding organic and sustainable foods, wine and beer at Feast of Fields.

Chat with local farmers and producers

Sample sustainable wines and organic beers

Meet some of our region’s most talented chefs

Enjoy exquisite tastings that highlight organic and sustainable ingredients

When: Wednesday October 3 from 5:30 p.m – 7:30 p.m
Where: Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West in Jean Pigott Hall
Tickets: $75.00 – https://feast-of-fields-ottawa.eventbrite.ca

For more info:  https://carefor.ca/events/feast-of-fields.htm

 


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.


 

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Food and Farm Events this August

August 2018


Food News and Events in the Ottawa Region

Just Food News and Events

1. August 18 | Agroecology Field School and Research Summit

2. August 18 | Agroecology Shindig and Hootenanny

3. August 19 | Savour Ottawa Taste Trails: Walk on the Wild Side Tour

Other Community News and Events

4. August | Eat Together Ottawa

5. August 11 | All About Bugs!

6. August 9 – 12 | Navan Fair 

7. August 17 – 26 | The Capital Fair 

8. August 18 | Barn Farms & Wicked Chefs

9. Until September 1 | Lee Valley Garden Promenade Tour

10. Garden Promenade Activities this Summer

 


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. August 18 | Agroecology Field School and Research Summit

 

On August 18th, in Ottawa, FLEdGE, Lakehead University, USC Canada, and Just Food will host a full-day workshop on the future of agroecology in Canada. Join farmers, researchers, community organizers, and students to discuss how to bring this international movement to Canada. Come hear from speakers from around the world, including from La Via Campesina and USC Canada, and across the country, including the National Farmers Union and Indigenous voices, and work together to build an agroecological movement here at home.

Parking is limited, so please carpool, take transit, or bike. Ticket prices include a light lunch.

For more details and to register online, go to the Agroecology Field School website.

When: August 18 – 8:30am to 5:00pm
Where: Just Food, 2391 Pepin Court, Ottawa, ON
Cost:
Student – $10.00
Farmer – $10.00
Community Organizer/NGO – $20.00
Researcher/Faculty – $60.00

 

2.  August 18 | Agroecology Shindig and Hootenanny

Locally produced food, music and libations—what a way to cap the day! After the Agroecology Field School and Research Summit, join us in the Red Barn for an evening of festivities starting at 6 p.m. with a full dinner from Wawatay Catering: baked bannock & butter; summer salad; roasted chicken; coconut curry and chick peas; wild rice pilaf loaded with vegetables! Match your food with a local craft beer or cider from the Ottawa region.

This is followed by a hootenanny with music from Ottawa Contra Dance—not to be missed! If you can’t make it for the full day, don’t hang your head, come and catch up in the evening—tickets available separately, just scroll down and tick the Barn Dance box!

Last chance! Get your tickets now, we need final numbers for the caterer by Friday!

Get your tickets at:

https://ec.lakeheadu.ca/agroecology/home

When: August 18 – 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: 
2391 Pepin Crt. Ottawa, ON
Cost: $40

 

3. August 19 | Savour Ottawa Taste Trails: Walk on the Wild Side Tour

Savour Ottawa Taste Trails starting this August! Join us on our summer and fall tours – our first tour is Walk on the Wild Side.

Tour rural west Ottawa to learn about wild edibles, fermentation, viticulture & winemaking, honey, and organic farming!  Reconnect with the wild ways we source some of our favourite foods right here in the nation’s capital with visits to food/farm businesses with Savour Ottawa tastes along the way.

For more information & tickets: http://so-justfood.nationbuilder.com/wc_tour

 

Other Community News and Events

4. August | Eat Together Ottawa 

This August the Salvation Army, Ottawa Public Health, Loblaws, Parkdale Food Centre, and COBS Bread Barrhaven have partnered to create the second annual Eat Together Ottawa campaign to encourage everyone to eat together and play together as a community, to overcome division and isolation, and build new connections of acceptance and hope.

You can create your own Eat Together event by bringing your family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to the table to enjoy a meal and celebrate each other with an option to fundraise for a local food program.

For more information on how to participate please go to: http://www.eattogetherottawa.ca/#!/about

5. August 11 | All About Bugs! Earth Path Field Walk

Join Earth Path for this family-friendly field walk with entomologist Henri Goulet from Agriculture Canada, who will show us bountiful bugs at the Just Food Farm. With nets and scopes in hand, we’ll look at many types of beetles, seek butterflies and search for critters under logs and leaves. Henri will also teach us how to safely pick up spiders, so we see them as friend not foe! Bring your kids, butterfly net if you have one, and enjoy a summer morning outside. This walk was a big hit last year, so register early to save your spots!
When: August 11 – 10am – 12:30pm
Where: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court, Blackburn Hamlet (east Ottawa). See Directions
Suggested Cost: $20 per adult, $10 per child; or $40 for family of 4 ($ goes to our Scholarship fund); or pay what you can
Advance registration required at: https://www.earthpath.ca/2018-field-walks.html

6. August 9 – 12 | Navan Fair 

The theme for Navan Fair 2018 is “Here We Grow Again”.

Let Navan Fair be your family’s summer tradition! Launched in 1946, this rural celebration has all the countrified events one would expect from a great country fair.

Located only 20 minutes south-east of downtown Ottawa, in the village of Navan. Check out their website for the full schedule of eventshttps://www.navanfair.com/2018-schedule-of-events/

When: Thursday, August 9 – Sunday, August 12
Where: 1279 Colonial Road, Navan, ON
Cost: Pricing varies. Day & weekend passes available – see link for details https://www.navanfair.com/visitors/admission-information/

7August 17 – August 26 | The Capital Fair

The Capital Fair is pleased to welcome everyone to the Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre for a terrific 10 day event.

The Fair features Eastern Ontario’s largest midway courtesy of World’s Finest Shows, great Fair foods and fun, a demo derby, the Wednesday night Rideau Carleton Cruise Night, lots for the kids including Doo Doo’s Dance Party, the Birds of Prey Show, the Travelin’ Farmer, the Monalea Petting Zoo and Pony rides, 4H competitions, the Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue and the Ultimutts Stunt Dog show and courtesy of neighbouring Rideau Carleton Casino; lots of daily entertainment and specialty acts.

Whew! The Capital Fair really has it all!

When Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 26
Where: Rideau Carleton Raceway Casino, 4837 Albion Road, Ottawa ON
Cost: $4/person – children under 36”

For more information:  http://www.capitalfair.ca/index.html

8August 18 | Barns Farm & Wicked Chefs 

It is our annual summer party coming up on August 18th, with wicked guest chefs using local ingredients in a gorgeous rustic barn setting. Local live music, live & silent auctions, craft beer and local distilleries are also featured! It is a crucial event for the work that we do at The Table Community Food Centre.

The setting is a rustic and elegant heritage farmstead re-done as a popular event space called EcoTay. You will be surrounded by beautiful barns, hay fields, woods and meadows. Throughout the compact site you will find chefs’ booths each serving a distinct small plate featuring produce, meats and cheeses from the area. We work with our chefs to make sure vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

There are indoor/covered  and outdoor seating areas. Some guests prefer to stay standing, cocktail party style, as the move from one area of the party to the next. Food is mouth watering and you can wash it down with a local craft beer, regional wine, a cocktail with local craft spirits, kombucha, water, coffee and tea.

http://thetablecfc.org/barns-farms-and-wicked-chefs-2018-0

When: August 18 – 5 to 10 pm
Where: Ecotay Perth, 942 Upper Scotch Line
Cost: 
$125 (comes with $80 tax receipt)

9. Until September 1 | Lee Valley Garden Promenade Tour

Join the Lee Valley Garden Promenade Tour bus and experience some of the more than 40 gardens in Ottawa-Gatineau. Each week brings a unique tour experience guided by a garden expert. Look for the Garden Promenade decorated bus. Come out to learn and celebrate the gardens of the National Capital! http://www.gardenpromenade.ca/lee-valley-guided-bus-tour/

When: Every Saturday until September 1 between 9am and 11am
Where: Bus departs from downtown on Metcalfe Street at Sparks Street at 9am
Cost: $20 per person

10. Garden Promenade Activities this Summer 

Garden Promenade’s Garden Photo-Fest

August 19 is International Photography Day and gardens are a perfect setting for photography. This event is a photo tribute to all the gardens, plants and people on the Garden Promenade. You are invited to share the beauty of our region with your photos of the beautiful gardens along the Promenade. There will be workshops, exhibitions and other ways for the amateur and professional photographers to get involved. Let us know what you are planning to bring photography attention to your garden. Be sure to hashtag your photos with #GardenPromenade or #promenadejardins.

When: August 18 – 19
Where: The Garden Promenade
Cost: FREE

Gardenlicious by Garden Promenade

As the days begin to grow shorter, and the heat of the summer starts to dissipate, people in this region look forward to the bounties of the harvest. This September, Gardenlicious is the opportunity to connect your garden to the culinary world.

Does your garden already have a culinary experience? This could be the opportunity to connect with a local chef and restaurant. You could host a chef from one of our official restaurants for your visitors to meet, which will offer a truly delightful garden culinary experience from the farm to the plate.

Watch http://www.gardenpromenade.ca/gardenlicious-sept-22-24-2017/ to learn about activities, times, and locations where you can enjoy some of the city’s best Garden-to-Table experiences.

When: September 14 – 23
Where: The Garden Promenade
Cost: FREE

Garden Fall Rhapsody

We think anytime is a good time to visit the National Capital Region, but autumn is by far one of our most colourful times of year. The tulips and gardens may just be memories in October, but the blazing glory of the deciduous trees and the soft warmth of sun along the Garden Promenade combine into a Fall Rhapsody that is renowned world-wide. Bring your camera and put your hiking boots on. There is so much to see and explore you’ll want to make this spectacular season part of your annual sojourn to the Capital. Keep an eye on http://www.gardenpromenade.ca/garden-fall-rhapsody-october-7-9-2017/ for more information soon.

When: October 6 – 8
Where: Gatineau Park (NCC)
Cost: FREE

 


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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 613-824-7771.

The Haven Community Garden

The Haven Community Garden in Barrhaven is one of the city’s newest community gardens. It’s beautifully situated on Via Chianti Grove off Longfields Drive, at the end of a row of townhouses and adjacent to two low-rise buildings. Residents of these new buildings gaze down upon 25 beds of lush green vegetables and fruits.

The idea of a community garden was first discussed last year, as the neighbourhood was taking shape, but it was not until this year that the idea took fruition. Residents worked with the landlord to secure a spot for the garden, and to sign up interested gardeners from the adjacent residences. The raised beds around the perimeter were completed at the end of May; the ground-level beds were finished by the first week of June. Despite the somewhat late start, the garden has flourished. The beds are filled with massive tomato plants that are heavily laden with fruit, as well as other favourites such as carrots, peppers, beans, and even fennel and bok choy

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What makes this project remarkable is that about 70% of the gardeners at the Haven Community Garden had never gardened before they acquired a plot this year. The response has been tremendously positive. The garden has been a true community effort that readily brought together individuals from various cultures and abilities to work towards the common goal of growing fresh, nutritious produce. Experienced gardeners help newcomers identify weeds, determine how many plants a bed can sustain, and ensure that produce is picked when it is ripe. Though it has been a hot and dry summer, there is always at least one person on hand to ensure that all of the beds are watered. And, when food is ready to be picked, it is often delightfully shared amongst family members and neighbours! One family, having only one strawberry plant, which produced only one strawberry, split it four ways so that each family member could have a taste!

This year, much of the effort was spent getting the infrastructure authorized and built. Next year, emphasis will be placed on organizing the gardens before they are planted, by divvying up seeds and seedlings, and providing more educational opportunities for new gardeners. Interest is growing, and if space can be obtained for additional beds, the garden organizers would love to see a kid’s garden, an herb garden, and a central community garden, in which seedlings could be started before being dispersed to individual plots. They would also like to invest in composters and water barrels, and more tools to make gardening tasks easier for everyone. The garden is open to members of the adjacent residences, but right now, all of the plots have been spoken for.

Mara Watson, one of the gardening coordinators, says that the main positive outcome of the garden is that it provided an opportunity for people to really get to know their neighbours. Individuals who do not otherwise share common interests – or a common language – still find the means to communicate about their plants. It is also a fundamental source of joy for the community. She relayed one story of a new gardener who lovingly photographs her plants and speaks of them as her babies. “The garden gives her such joy and peace,” Mara said, echoing the feelings of the other gardeners who had gathered to discuss their endeavour. Indeed, it is easy to see why this beautiful community garden has become a centrepiece of one of Barrhaven’s newest communities.

CGN Blog: Ottawa Seed Library

The Ottawa Seed Library

The Ottawa Seed Library (OSC) is exactly what it sounds like – a library from which gardeners can check out seeds, free of charge, instead of books! At the end of the growing season, borrowers collect seeds from the plants that they grew, and check them into the library for others to sow.

The Ottawa Seed Library is looking for interested seed savers or gardeners to take a leadership role in the Ottawa Seed Library, as well as additional volunteers who can support this initiative on an ongoing basis. You don’t need to be a skilled, or experience seed saver, or even gardener for that matter to participate in the operation of the Ottawa Seed Library! The seed Library is a place of learning and experimentation. The following sections describe some ways that you can help.

Organizing seeds

The library contains a variety of seeds, including common and easily collected seeds like lettuce, beans, and tomatoes, as well as more exotic species. Volunteers place seeds into packets, which they stamp with the OSC logo, and then note the year, type of crop, and specific variety. They may also note such things as whether the variety is adapted to container growing. These packets are then placed in storage bins. If you and your gardening friends enjoy working with seeds, this is a great opportunity to plan a social day once a month in which you can work collaboratively to pack and organize seeds. You may also need to periodically test the seeds to ensure that they meet the expected germination rates.

Getting the word out

The Ottawa Seed Library reaches interested growers through the Market Mobile, the Ottawa Tool Library, the Ottawa Horticultural Society, and Maple Hill Urban Farm. There are opportunities for interested volunteers to set up additional venues through which the library could be advertised, such as seed and plant swaps. The library maintains a list of individuals who have checked out seeds.

Training individuals how to collect seeds

Just Food periodically conducts workshops to train individuals how to preserve seeds. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants check seeds out from the library to plant in their own gardens.

There are opportunities for individuals who want to train others on how to collect, clean, and dry seeds. Just Food would conduct the initial “Train the trainer” course, and then the trainers can provide instruction to potential seed collectors across the city.

The future

Ideally, the seed library will grow into a seed “bank” from which daycares, schools, food banks, and other organizations can check out seeds. Seed costs can add up. Providing them free is a great way to reduce costs for programs that run on especially small grants.

For large-scale seed collecting, demonstration plots of about 1/16th or 1/8th an acre could be arranged at the Just Food farm. Just Food also invests in the seed library by replacing seeds that have become less vigourous, and by developing, through experimental growing programs, varieties that grow well in this region.

Collecting seeds

Are you interesting in collecting seeds for yourself or the seed library? You don’t need a large garden; even balcony gardeners can get involved, by providing seeds from plants that grow well in containers. Community gardens are often mistakenly thought to be unsuitable for seed collecting, but often times seeds are sown at different intervals, so they bolt at different times.

For best results, start with plants grown from open pollinated, heirloom seeds from a reputable local supplier. Annuals–such as lettuce, peas, cucumbers, beans, corn, squash, and tomatoes–are fairly easy to save seeds from, and produce good results easily.

To see predictable results in future crops, you’ll need to ensure that your plants haven’t cross-pollinated with neighbouring varieties.

  • Inbreeders–such as peas, lettuce, tomatoes, and beans–usually self-pollinate, but can cross-breed. They don’t require large isolation differences; 10 feet is sufficient.
  • Outbreeders–such as corn and squash–must receive pollen from another plant, either via bees or other pollinators, or the wind. Generally, this means that corn varieties should be separated by 2 miles, and squash by 1 mile, but strong winds and high levels of pollinator activity can necessitate greater isolation. In some cases, very different varieties of the same species (such as pumpkin and zucchini) can also crossbreed.

Once you’ve selected your favourite plants, you can now plan to harvest their seeds. This procedure varies depending on whether the seeds are harvested dry (from the seed head or pod), or wet (from the fruit).

Harvesting dry-seeded crops

When the stems below the seeds dry out and turn brown, it is good sign that the seed is mature. Look for early signs of shattering (ripening and dispersal of the seed). Examine the seed closely to see if it is dry and looks like what you’d find in a commercial seed packet.

Most dry-seeded crops ripen sequentially from oldest to newest flowers, so you can harvest seeds once the first seed begins to shatter. To harvest dry-seeded crops, pick the seeds by hand, hang the plant to dry, lay it in windrows, or shake or hit the plant to release the seed. The latter may be easiest for herbs with very small seeds.

Lettuce

Once lettuce grows past its prime, it forms a tall stalk with flower buds. About 6 weeks later you’ll have nearly ready seeds. To collect the seeds, visit your plants at the end of the day with a yogurt tub in hand. Gently bend the plant over the tub and lightly tap it; the seeds that are ready will fall in. Repeat daily until you have enough seeds. You can clean off the fluff if you want; it won’t harm the seeds to leave it on.

Beans

Let beans dry on the plant until the pods are papery to the touch, at which point you can shell them.   If the weather is too damp to let the pods dry outside, hang the plant upside down in a dry, well-ventilated place until the pods are dry.

It’s a good idea to freeze beans for three days after shelling, to kill any weevils that may have burrowed inside. After freezing, continue to let the beans air dry on a glass pan. Stir the beans every day; once you cannot press fingernail marks into the seeds, they’re dry.

Harvesting wet-seeded crops

Seeds harvested from wet-seeded crops need a little more preparation than dry-seeded crops before they can be put into storage.

Tomatoes

Extract some seeds from a ripe tomato, and clean them with a towel, removing their jelly coating to prevent mould. Let them dry.

If you’re saving a lot of tomato seeds, try slicing the ripe tomatoes and crushing them into a bucket. Set the bucket in a warm place (no warmer than 32C), for 3-4 days. The pulp moulds and the seed jelly rot offs. It smells awful, but the seeds sink to the bottom of the bucket, so that you can then easily extract, rinse, and dry them.

Winter squash

Select your best squash and let it sit for a week or two in cool, dry, conditions, then remove the seeds and clean them. Place racks of seeds over a heating duct to expedite drying and maintain air circulation.

Cucumbers and summer squash

Leave the fruits on the vine long past when you would normally eat them. When you open the fruit, the seeds will be larger, harder, and more rounded than the immature seeds you find in the cucumbers you eat. Clean and dry them as you would tomatoes.

Storage

Once the seeds have been harvested, leave them on a paper plate or in a paper bag (that’s labelled!!), to completely dry for a few weeks in the fall. Once the seeds are completely dry, you can store them in an airtight mason jar for use in the next 3-5 years. Store in a cool, dark, dry place. Seeds slowly reduce their germination percentage with time, so plant older seeds more thickly.

 

 

We’re Hiring a Summer Student! Just Food Farm Site Developer

 Just Food Farm Site Developer

Hours:  31.5 hrs/week position for 8 weeks, July 3-August 24, 2018. 

Compensation:  $15/hour + 4% vacation pay

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants MUST:

  • be under 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year 
  • intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year.

This position is part of the Canada Summer Jobs grant stream with Employment and Social Development Canada.

TO APPLY: All of the following must be met:

– Please send your résumé and cover letter within one attached document to info@justfood.ca by June 22 hat 5:00 pm.
–Résumés will be reviewed as they come in and we will schedule interviews and hire as soon as we have a successful candidate.
– Your email must have the subject line “Summer Student Hiring” for it to be considered
– 3 references must be provided on request.

Job Description

This position will support the development of the Just Food Community Farm, a non-profit demonstration and training farm.  The Just Food Farm Site Developer will have a variety of tasks related to farm site management, including:

  • Site management (including field preparation with BSC and lawnmower, working with others on property maintenance, monitoring farm infrastructure – including water use)
  • Conduct soil nutrient tests
  • Design & implement fertility/crop plan for summer on entire farm
  • Manage demonstration seed variety trials
  • Rogue and select demonstration seed adaptation crops
  • Develop a plan for new sugar bush management

Qualifications:

  • Interest in, and able to, work in both outdoor and indoor environments
  • A background in agriculture, horticultural, or geography/environmental 
  • Ability to work both independently and with strong team communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to take initiative 
  • Interest in, commitment to, and some knowledge of food/farming systems and community- based initiatives.

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

Summer Student Opportunity: Agritourism Animator *Deadline to Apply May 29*

Agri-Tourism Animator

Instructions:
Please send your resumé and cover letter within one attached document to info@justfood.ca by May 29that 5:00 pm.
– Resumés will be reviewed as they come in and we will schedule interviews and hire as soon as we have a successful candidate.
– Your email must have the subject line “Summer Student Hiring” for it to be considered.
– 3 references must be provided on request

Eligibility:
This is a part-time position. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a secondary, or postsecondary institution or within six months of graduation and have reached the age of 15 and not yet reached the age of 25 upon commencement of employment.  Applicants must be residing in Ontario for the duration of employment.

This position is part of the Government of Ontario’s 2018 Summer Experience Program.  This position is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Responsibilities:

  • Work with our partners including farmers, breweries, wineries, community gardens, and local museums, to develop and coordinate rural tour experiences for tourists and Ottawa residents alike.
  • Create promotional material for tours and implement promotional strategy.
  • Set up payment portals for each tour, handle RSVPs from the public and specific requests, such as food preferences.
  • Coordinate tour destinations and work out agreements with hosts.
  • Coordinate logistics – including routes, timing, supplies, translation etc. for tours.
  • Invoice and track expenditures.
  • Participate in day-to-day processes and procedures at our office, including staff meetings, larger events, site tours, and more.

Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Event planning and implementation
  • Project coordination and time management
  • Project level financial tracking
  • Decision-making, problem solving and negotiation
  • Excellent writing in English – with particular emphasis on agreements, and speaking notes for tours
  • Social media (Facebook, blogging, Twitter)
  • Comfortable and confident in speaking with members of the public and initiative stakeholders in both official language
  • Some evening and weekend work will be a requirement to fulfill this position’s duties
  • Billingualism will be strongly considered
  • Asset – Some ability to use WordPress.

Please relate your personal skills and experience to what we’re looking for above.

Any student in Social Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism, and Communications that in the future intends to be working on projects in either the non-profit, public or private sector will be gaining long-term practical skill development to serve them well in their future careers. Working well with others and working through problems are essential for these sectors.

This part-time position will begin the week of June 2 and work for 217.5 hours (2-3 days per week) until the week of August 31 2018.

 

Natural Pest Control Workshop – June 13

When: June 13 7:00 – 9:00
Where:  Plant Recreation Centre, 930 Somerset Street West
Cost: $10.00 or pay what you can

This workshop will help the organic gardener manage those pesky pests that tend to take up so much our summer!  Some of this workshop instructs on removing pests from the garden, but it is primarily concerned with proactive decisions in the garden’s early stages. Learn to encourage more beneficial insects to your garden & plant in ways that prevent pest & disease issues.

We’re Hiring! Three Summer Student Positions!

 

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 info@justfood.ca by May  8that 5:00 pm.
– For Position A, Just Food Farm Site Developer, resumés will be reviewed as they come in and we will schedule interviews and hire as soon as we have a successful candidate.
– Your email must have the subject line “Summer Student Hiring” for it to be considered.
– Interviews will be on May 10th and 11th.  (If you cannot make one of these dates, please state reason in your cover letter).
– 3 references must be provided on request.

  • Position A: Just Food Farm Site Developer
  • Position B: Just Food Farm Animator
  • Position C: Agri-Tourism Event Animator – Bilingual position

One more position may be available, pending funding, please check back Friday May 4thfor information on this position

Summer Student Work Terms:

Positions A, and B are full-time positions. Applicants must be between 15 and 30 years of age 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. Position A and B are part oftheCanada Summer Jobs  grant stream with Employment and Social Development Canada.

Position C is a part-time position. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a secondary, or postsecondary institution or within six months of graduation and have reached the age of 15 and not yet reached the age of 25 upon commencement of employment.

Position C is part of the Government of Ontario’s 2018 Summer Experience Program.  This position is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

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:

A)  Just Food Farm Site Developer

This position will support the critical early season development of Just Food Community Farm, a non-profit demonstration and training farm.  The Just Food Farm Site Developer will have a variety of tasks related to farm site management.

  • Field preparation and management – ability to use a tractor
  • Conduct soil nutrient tests
  • Design & implement fertility/crop plan for summer on entire farm
  • Manage demonstration seed variety trials
  • Rogue and select demonstration seed adaptation crops
  • Develop a plan for new sugar bush management
  • Work with a local conservation authority & National Capital Commission to determine a water reservoir plan for the farm with connection to the existing tile drainage system
  • Develop and monitor irrigation expansion

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

  •  A background in Agriculture Sciences, Horticultural sciences, or Geography/Environmental Science.
  • Ability and interest to perform outdoor field work (including grass-cutting on riding lawn-mower).
  • Have taken, or willing to take the tractor safety course through Workplace Safety and Protection Services.

This position will begin at the latest on May 14 and work for 30 hours per week until the week of August 3rd.

 

B)  Just Food Farm Animator

The Just Food Farm Animator will energize the Just Food Community Farm site by coordinating public events focused on skills-building in growing and using food, including speakers, workshops, art shows, musical events, etc. and one larger community celebration at the end of the season.

Just Food Farm Animator will have the following responsibilities:

  • Coordinate, conduct outreach for, and animate twice weekly community events (Wednesdays and Sundays), with the support of permanent staff
  • Develop communications for the JFF Programs
  • Collect information related to organic certification from site producers
  • Manage the inventory of shared equipment, infrastructure, tools and irrigation supplies
  • Support farm partners with farm schedules and documentation
  • Social media experience (Facebook, blogging, Twitter)
  • Comfortable and confident in speaking with members of the public and initiative stakeholders

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

  • Event Planning Experience
  • Good time management skills
  • Experience working in a fast paced environment
  • Willing to contribute time on weekends and evenings
  • Some experience with graphic design software
  • Bilingualism (French & English) is an asset
  • Some evening and weekend work will be a requirement to fulfill this position’s duties

Asset – Some ability to use WordPress.

This position will begin the week of May 28 and work for 30 hours per week until the week of August 17

 

C) Agri-Tourism Event Animator – Bilingual position

A priority for Just Food’s work is experiential tourism based on the burgeoning local agriculture sector in the Ottawa region.  Tours will be focused on food, rural life, agriculture, and gardening.

The Agri-Tourism Animator will be responsible to:

  • Work with our partners including farmers, breweries, wineries, community gardens, and local museums, to develop and coordinate rural tour experiences for tourists and Ottawa residents alike.
  • Create promotional material for tours and implement promotional strategy.
  • Set up payment portals for each tour, handle RSVPs from the public and specific requests, such as food preferences.
  • Coordinate tour destinations and work out agreements with hosts.
  • Coordinate logistics – including routes, timing, supplies, translation etc. for tours.
  • Invoice and track expenditures.
  • Participate in day-to-day processes and procedures at our office, including staff meetings, larger events, site tours, and more.

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

  • Event planning and implementation
  • Project coordination and time management
  • Project level financial tracking
  • Decision-making, problem solving and negotiation
  • Excellent writing in English – with particular emphasis on agreements, and speaking notes for tours
  • Social media (Facebook, blogging, Twitter)
  • Comfortable and confident in speaking with members of the public and initiative stakeholders in both official language
  • Some evening and weekend work will be a requirement to fulfill this position’s duties

Asset – Some ability to use WordPress.

Any student in Social Sciences, Hospitality and Tourism, and Communications that in the future intends to be working on projects in either the non-profit, public or private sector will be gaining long-term practical skill development to serve them well in their future careers. Working well with others and working through problems are essential for these sectors.

This part-time position will begin the week of May 14 and work for 14.5 hours per week until the week of August 24 2018