Agri 150 – Good Food Celebrations

On Saturday, October 14th, between 11:30 am – 3pm, eaters from across Ottawa are invited to a celebration at Just Food Farm.

See the details here for you to share with colleagues, friends and family.
Please click to register so we know how many are coming to plan some food treats:

The free event will feature:

· The launch of the new community pavilion, solar project showpiece, and renovated community barn

· Two inspiring young speakers who connect local to global food issues

· A community art show and new food forests

· Live music

· Local food samples (free samples created by Red Apron, food options for purchase, and also encouraging folks to bring their own picnics)

· A wagon ride or walking tour to learn about what is growing on the farm

· Free sample of Beau’s craft beer


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


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 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:

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 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,, 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 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