Fall Harvest Art Exhibition – Now Accepting Submissions!

We are thrilled to announce the first-ever art show to be held at Just Food Farm! Just Food is seeking artists of all backgrounds and levels of expertise to submit their work for consideration in the Fall 2017 exhibition.  Those whose pieces are selected will have the opportunity to showcase their art in the newly renovated barn on-site, with the grand-opening occurring on hOctober 14t

For more detailed information about the venue and how to submit work, please see the submission form below

Submission Form

If you are interested in submitting your original art please send a photo of your work and a completed submission form to justfoodart@gmail.com


How to Start a Community Garden Workshop

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!

This workshop will be facilitated by Jordan Bouchard of the Community Garden Network.

Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.

Thursday November 24th  6:00 -8:00
North Gloucester Branch of the Ottawa Public Library, 2036 Ogilvie Rd.

To Register: please send Jordan an email at Communitygardening@justfood.ca specifying which workshop you wish to attend and let me know the general area where you plan to set up a community garden, and, if possible, the exact site.

Let’s Talk About Healthy Food in Ottawa Schools

Ottawa is full of interesting and innovative ways of teaching and learning about good food in schools.  In celebration of National Farm to School month in Canada we are holding a School Food Forum to talk about all different facets of food in schools.

Please join us at the 2016 School Food Forum to connect with other school food advocates, teachers, students, parents, chefs, agencies and farmers. Here is some what you can expect at the 2016 School Food Forum:

  • Meet service providers and learn about new initiatives;

  • Share your school food needs;

  • Learn about exciting projects throughout the city

  • Connect with other people interested in creating healthy school food environments

If you want to get started celebrating Farm to School Month enter your school’s Farm to School story for a chance to win $1500.  Visit Sustain Ontario for more information.

To Register: http://justfood.nationbuilder.com/school_food_2016

Just Food is Hiring for 2 New Positions!


Just Food is hiring 2 new positions!

Administrative Assistant
Community Economic Developer Coordinator

Please share these with your networks.

2389 Pepin Court, Blackburn Hamlet, Ottawa (Just Food Farm)
*Working from your home is also required for both positions while new offices are constructed.
*There is a strong preference for people who are interested in these positions over several years.

Specific requirements are listed below for each job.
General requirements for both positions include:

  • Ability to work independently and in a multi-use office environment
  • Ability to effectively use email, Google Drive, social media (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Comfortable and confident in speaking with members of the public and stakeholders in English (by phone, in-person and by email). French (and other languages) considered a strong asset
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Very strong attention to detail
  • Ability to balance taking initiative with strong team communication skills

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 12pm noon on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
  • Your email must have the subject line “Application Oct 2016 – Your Name” for it to be considered.
  • Contact information for 3 references must be provided within your resumé.
  • Please clearly indicate which job(s) you would like to be considered for.
  • Please relate your personal skills/experience to what we’re looking for below
  • Interviews will be scheduled for Saturday, October 29, 2016 – so please indicate that you can make this day for an interview (can be by Skype).

We thank all applicants for their interest.
All those who apply will be contacted by email to let you know if you were selected or not for an interview.

Administrative Assistant
28 hrs/week x $18/hr @ $32,760 FTE = $26,208
Breakdown: 5 days/week X 5 hrs/day + 3 additional hours

Ideally, looking for someone who is seeking to be an administrative assistant for several years — could be second-careerist, retired, someone seeking a part-time position while doing other household or business work. While the position may include occasional program work, the vast majority of the responsibilities of this position involve administrative support of the broader team, and candidates must reflect this primary interest in their application.

The position requires flexibility regarding working locations. The Just Food Farm will be the primary site during the growing season, and employees will work from home until a year-round office is created at the farm—with the expectation that the position would be housed at Just Food Farm year-round from that point.

Responsibilities: overseeing organizational administration and communications, including but not limited to:

  • Membership paperwork within all of our programs
  • Maintaining social media channels for all programs (Facebook, twitter)
  • Creating web-based and print promotional materials/formatting documents and resources
  • Keep financial and contract files
    • Manage Invoicing/Bill payments/Up-to-date contracts
  • Maintain WordPress websites
  • Maintain Buy Local/Grow Local Food Guide
  • Manage monthly e-newsletters
  • Setting up logistics for workshops
  • Support team members by setting up and maintaining administrative systems
  • Assist with report-writing

Must have the following skills and qualifications, in addition to

  • Ability to embrace administrivia and love it! J
  • Ability to use Excel spreadsheets
  • Experience in social media
  • Ability to create/update web content on WordPress sites
  • Graphic design ability – to create posters/digital invites, format resources, etc.

Additional assets:

Level 1 asset:

  • Basic understanding of Quickbooks
  • Ability to speak French conversationally

Level 2 asset:

  • Experience using Nationbuilder or similar contact management database
  • Ability to write in French professionally

Community Economic Development Coordinator
28 hrs/week x $23.55/hr @ $42,860 FTE = $34,289

This position is a city-wide, region-wide position, that requires access to a vehicle part-time for rural work, and working from home. Being a development position, responsibilities will change over the years.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate the Savour Ottawa initiative: marketing and promotions, event coordination, outreach and communications
  • Coordinate Ottawa 2017 Agri-150 Rural Tourism events
  • Conduct tourism-readiness assessments with rural businesses in the region
  • Support existing and future Just Food social enterprises (Community Food Hub, OttawaKitchen.ca, etc.)
  • Write funding proposals and reports as required.

Must have the following skills and qualifications:

  • Keen interest in, commitment to, and some knowledge of both local agriculture sector and community economic development
  • Strong event planning experience
  • Experience in community-based initiatives
  • Experience in outreach, marketing and promotions within community setting
  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English.
  • Ability to work with volunteers
  • Strategic thinking and ability to think on one’s feet

Additional Assets:

Level 1 Asset:

  • Experience with proposal-writing
  • Ability to speak French conversationally

Buy Local Food Made Easy with Local Freshness


Launch during Ontario’s Agriculture Week Oct 3-9th, 2016 

Ottawa-Gatineau-Renfrew, October 3, 2016 – The Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais, Just Food and the Ottawa Valley Food Coop are pleased to launch the first regional portal dedicated to helping eaters find local food products.

On this portal, eaters from Outaouais, Ottawa and Ottawa Valley will find important links in one place to identify local producers and locate where they are selling food – at the farm-gate, at restaurants, and/or online. Indeed, this portal unites for the first time Savour Ottawa, Outaouais Bite Into it!, Ottawa Valley Food Coop, Outaouais Gourmet Way, Just Food’s Buy Local/Grow Local Guide, and Marché de l’Outaouais.

All year round many local food products can be found either at the farm, in restaurants, in shops or online. This portal will make life easier for customers wanting to buy local food and experience agro-tourism in our region.

“For the first time, organizations dedicated to the promotion of local producers and local food from both sides of the Ottawa River unite to help customers find local products with one click. The Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais is proud to be part of this innovative initiative that brings two provinces closer through one unifying goal: put local food at the center of the customers’ plate.” said Sylvain Lefebvre, Chair of the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais.

“A perfect way to celebrate Agriculture Week in Ontario – Oct. 3-9th – we encourage both tourists and residents alike to use this portal as a springboard to visit the incredible farms, farmers’ markets and restaurants in our region that showcase regional food. In fact, not just this week, but all year round! Local Freshness allows you keep updated, with regional Buy Local maps at your fingertips, to help plan your next local food adventure”, said Patricia Ballamingie, Chair of Just Food.

“Demand for buying local food online is increasing, and the Local Freshness portal makes finding this option even easier”, said Daniel McCarthy, Chair of Ottawa Valley Food Coop. “From meat and poultry to honey and maple syrup, to frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables, to prepared food and household items, the options from local farmers and processors in this region are growing all the time for year-round product. See for yourself!”

Tourists and residents will be able to visit www.localfreshness.ca as well as follow the initiative on Facebook.

Sponsors of this initiative include Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, City of Ottawa and the Trillium Foundation of Ontario – all three funders have been long-standing, strong supporters of local food in this region.

“The support we grant to Canadian businesses that focus on innovation clearly demonstrates our commitment to advancing sustainable growth and prosperity in Canada. That is why we are pleased to support the Local Freshness initiative, which will help local enterprises develop new business partnerships and showcase local products,” stated the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions.

Local Freshness. Simply delicious! 




Moe Garahan, Executive Director
Just Food, Ottawa Table

Vincent Philibert, Director
agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais
819 281-7676

Cheryl Keetch
Ottawa Valley Food Coop, Coordinator
613 633-3557



The 1st annual Soldiers Helping Soldiers Potato Project Collection Time has ARRIVED

Soldiers helping Soldiers (SHS) will have a potato collection booth at the Orleans Rib Fest located in the Centrum Plaza on Saturday, September 17th from 9 am to 3 pm to collect potatoes. SHS will be collecting potatoes participants have grown, potatoes people have purchased to donate to this cause and items for the Shepherds of Good Hope (peanut butter, jam, cereal and coffee are in desperate need right now). SHS will also have members from Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare / Support Our Troops on hand selling raffle tickets on a new car in support of Veterans House (a project to house 40 homeless veterans right here in Ottawa)

Where: Centrum Plaza, Orléans
When: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Hope to see you there!

Best Practises for Vegetable Seed & Grain Cleaning Workshop

Learn from Greta Kryger, of Greta’s Organic Garden and George Wright  of Castor River Farm, at this intensive on Best Practises for Seed & Grain Cleaning.  Greta will provide a detailed overview of the fundamentals of vegetable seed cleaning.  Afterwards, George Wright will demonstrate grain cleaning with his mobile grain cleaner.  This is an essential workshop for all farmers and seed growers seeking to understand how to effectively clean your vegetable seeds for commercial sale.

When: October 4th 10 AM- 3:00 PM
Where: Greta’s Organic Gardens, 399 River Road (near airport)

Cost: $25 per person

Payment can be made by PayPal in advance of the workshop or made at the workshop itself.

To register, please visit this page: http://justfood.nationbuilder.com/best_practises_for_vegetable_seed_grain_cleaning_workshop

For any questions please email seeds@justfood.ca

How to Start a Community Garden Workshop

How to Start a Community Garden Workshop

There’s much to navigate when establishing a community garden, as a result it can take  a year or more to pull it all together.  This workshop will go over the crucial elements to navigate when establishing a community garden. At this workshop participants will learn all there is to know about establishing a community garden in Ottawa including sections on site selection & acquisition, garden design & model, establishing a team,  managing a garden, consulting your community, accessing funding & much more. Now is the perfect time to start planning for 2017!

Two workshops:

Where: Centretown Community Health Centre
When: July 13th 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Greenboro Community Centre, 363 Lorry Greenberg Dr. Meeting Room B
When: August 15th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

To Register: Email Jordan at Communitygardening@justfood.ca

Soldiers Helping Soldiers Potato Project Press Release

An English Message will follow




SHSPour diffusion immédiate

Le 25 mai, 2016


Activité de culture de pommes de terre pour soutenir les refuges d’Ottawa

Ottawa — Initiative d’entraide entre militaires (IEM) lançait aujourd’hui la première édition de son activité de culture de pommes de terre pour soutenir les refuges d’Ottawa qui viennent en aide aux sans-abri.

Le maire Watson, les conseillers Blais et Mitic, Victoria Ryan d’IEM, des représentants d’Alimentation juste et Deirdre Freiheit, président directeur général des Bergers de l’espoir étaient tous sur place pour semer des pommes de terre.

« Je suis heureux d’aider et de soutenir cette activité organisée par la capitaine Ryan et Initiative d’entraide entre militaires », a dit le maire Jim Watson. « Ottawa a la réputation d’être une ville bienveillante et voici une autre façon pour ses résidents de soutenir les gens épatants qui dirigent et qui utilisent nos refuges », a-t-il ajouté.

Avec l’appui d’Alimentation juste, de la Ville d’Ottawa et de membres dévoués des Forces armées, IEM lance au public le défi de cultiver des pommes de terre cet été et d’en faire don au moment de la récolte aux refuges qui participent à l’activité.

«Je me suis rapidement porté à aider sur ce projet pour assister», explique le conseiller Blais. “Mon bureau a passé beaucoup de temps avec d’entraide entre militaires à mettre à démarrer ce projet et je suis très fier d’avoir apporté cette contribution», ajoute-il.

Les pommes de terre sont une des dépenses les plus importantes dans les cuisines des refuges. Faire don de votre récolte aura une incidence directe sur leur budget.

« Avec un investissement d’aussi peu que 10 dollars, une personne peut facilement récolter 45 kg de pommes de terre », a dit la capitaine Ryan. « Les pommes de terre sont une des dépenses les plus élevées dans les soupes populaires. Ces organismes en utilisent des tonnes chaque année. C’est un légume très polyvalent, qui offre une grande variété de menus possibles aux cuisiniers », a-t-elle ajouté.

Les pommes de terre sont intéressantes parce qu’elles demeurent fraîches des mois durant si elles sont conservées comme il faut, et tout le monde peut en cultiver à peu près n’importe où.

« Nous appuyons ce projet, car il sensibilise les gens au problème de l’insécurité alimentaire chez les personnes sans-abri tout en encourageant une approche concertée dans la collectivité pour cultiver des aliments frais destinés aux personnes qui en ont le plus besoin », a dit Jordan Bouchard, coordonnateur du réseau des jardins communautaires d’Alimentation juste.

Les personnes désireuses de cultiver des pommes de terre cet été dans le cadre de cette activité dirigée par Initiative d’entraide entre militaires peuvent s’inscrire en se rendant sur le site suivant : http://www.alimentationjuste.ca.

Le public peut se rendre sur le site www.justfood.ca/iem pour s’inscrire, avoir plus de détails sur les modalités de participation et recevoir des conseils techniques conviviaux sur la culture des pommes de terre.

Pour autre renseignements :
Victoria Ryan


SHSNews Release

For Immediate Release
May 25, 2016

First Grow Potato event launched to support local shelters

Ottawa – Soldiers Helping Soldiers (SHS) today kicked off the first Grow Potato event to help benefit Ottawa shelters for the homeless.

Mayor Watson, Councillors Blais and Mitic, Victoria Ryan of SHS, Just Food and Micah Garten of the Shepherds of Good Hope, were all on hand to plant potatoes of their own.

“I am proud to help and support Captain Ryan and Soldiers Helping Soldiers in this endeavour,” says Mayor Jim Watson. “Ottawa has a reputation for being a caring City and this is another way for residents to support the amazing people who run and use our shelters,” he adds.

With the support of Just Food, the City of Ottawa and dedicated members of the Armed Forces, SHS challenges members of the public to grow potatoes this summer, to be donated to participating shelters at the end of the growing season.

“Veterans deserve and have earned our support, which is why I am honored to have been asked to help the First Grow Potato project get started,” says Councillor Blais. “While we can’t begin to repay the debt we owe our veterans, contributing to Soldiers Helping Soldiers’ initiatives is a great start.”

Potatoes are among the largest expense in shelter kitchens, a donation made by the public will directly impact the financial bottom lines of the shelters.

“One can easily and for as little as $10, grow 100 lbs of potatoes,” says Captain Ryan. “Potatoes are amongst the largest expense for soup kitchens and they consume tonnes for them every year. They are also extremely versatile, offering an amazing variety of menu options to the cooks,” she adds.

Potatoes are appealing because they keep fresh for months in proper storage and can be grown almost anywhere by just about anyone.

“This is a wonderful SHS project and we’re proud to be a part of it,” says Deirdre Freiheit President and CEO of the Shepherds of Good Hope. “Potatoes are an essential staple. We go through approximately 30 10-lb. bags each week. That’s more than 15,000 lbs. of potatoes every year. The Grow Potato program will help us meet that need.”

“We are supporting this project as it increases awareness about food insecurity among homeless people, while also encouraging a team approach within the community to grow fresh food for those who need it most”, says Just Food’s Community Garden Network Coordinator Jordan Bouchard.

Members of the public can visit www.justfood.ca/soldiers-helping-soldiers to register and get more detail on how to participate with friendly technical tips on how to grow potatoes.

For more information:
Victoria Ryan


Seedy Saturday *Including Seed Library Workshop* – March 5th

Seedy Saturday

Seedy Saturday is primarily a seed sale and exchange, however businesses and associations of an organic, horticultural or ecological nature are also attending.
There will balks about seed saving, seed libraries, gardening and more.

Where:  Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Brittania Beach, 102 Greenview Ave.
Saturday March 5th 10:00 – 3:00 PM

Workshop Schedule:
10:30 Ottawa 2025  – Presented by Tom Marcantonio
11:30 The Vacation Garden – Presented by James Thompson
12:30 Edible Design from home to community scale – Presented by Telsing Andrews.
13:30 Starting a seed library in Ottawa – Presented by Kate Green (more info below)

For more information please contact Greta Kryger at Greta@seeds-organic.com or 613-521-8648.

Seed Library Workshop **At Seedy Saturday**

Much like a regular library, where books are used and shared, seed libraries are a way for local communities to share and exchange, use and learn about plants that thrive in Eastern Ontario.

Hundreds of seed libraries have opened and are running across North America, and Ottawa is ready to grow some of our own.

The workshop at Seedy Saturday will be conducted by Kate Green of Seeds of Diversity, in partnership with Just Food. Participants will learn the basics of how seed libraries work, and how seed libraries could get started in your community.  Bring your interest and your ideas!

Workshop sponsored by:
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