FARM BINGO!

Just Food invites you to get out on the Farm, have some fun, win some prizes, enjoy the summer weather, and get involved in your community’s good food!

WHEN: Sunday, July 15th , 2018 from 10am to 2pm

WHERE: Just Food Farm, 2391 Pepin Court

Cost: FREE

DETAILS:

Join us this Sunday for “FARM BINGO”! Each participant will be given a bingo card with clues to find 9 hidden farm. The first to get three BINGO lines gets their pick of the prizes! First to fill their card wins the grand prize—it’s like a scavenger hunt with photos, or the amazing farm race!!

And don’t forget to check out our farm stand with fresh vegetables, craft table for the kids, outside under the tents. All ages are welcome. We hope to see you at the farm, rain or shine!

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Just Food Farm will be hosting community days each Sunday filled with educational workshops, kids’ crafts, farm tours, local dry goods for sale, gardening, and more! Bring your family for a lunch picnic and spend some time on the farm. Stay tuned on our social media for updates on themes, special guests, and partners each week!

For details on this weekly series, check out http://justfood.ca/blog/2018/06/28/sunday-community-days-free-weekly-event-for-all-ages/

 

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.
This event will take place at Just Food, 2391 Pépin Court. Parking is limited, so please carpool, take transit, or bike.
The event begins at 8:30am. Ticket prices include a light lunch.
For more details and to register online, go to the Agroecology Field School website.
Optional tickets for dinner catered by Wawatay Catering and a Barn Dance featuring Ottawa Contra Dance!! are also available.

Field Day: Participatory Plant Breeding

The Bauta Family Seed Initiative and Just Food present a field day on Participatory plant breeding, with Dr. Martin Entz.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
WHERE: Flat Earth Farm, 3575 Campbellcroft Road, Ottawa, ON

DETAILS:
Flat Earth Farm is on the south edge of the City of Ottawa and includes 17 acres of land for agro-ecological food production. With the goal of maximizing biodiversity, the farm contains a mix of over 100 edible trees and bushes (17 varieties), and a large selection of perennial and annual crops standard to the region, as well as test plots of a number of grains, cover crops and legumes (including grain amaranth, sorghum, flax, chickpeas, millet, kamut)—along with a mix of small livestock.

Flat Earth Farm is also breeding new varieties of wheat, as part of The Bauta Family Seed Initiative’s participatory plant breeding program with Dr. Martin Entz at the University of Manitoba. On this field day, you will learn more about the concept of participatory plant breeding, selection and some of the fundamentals on how to successfully build a diversified farm.
Sign-up at EventBrite to reserve your spot!

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/field-day-participatory-plant-breeding-tickets-47771709469

Cost: FREE

Sunday Community Days – free weekly event for all ages!

Just Food Farm invites you to get out on the farm, enjoy the summer weather, and get involved in your community’s good food!

Every Sunday starting July 8th, the farm will be hosting *free* community days filled with educational workshops, kids’ crafts, farm tours, local dry goods for sale, gardening, animal guests, tractor rides, and more! Every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. Stay tuned on our blog and follow us on facebook and instagram to find out about each week’s exciting theme and fun activities! Rain or shine!

WORKSHOPS

Agricultural and healthy-living education to get the community talking and learning about important food and farm topics. Hands-on experience after the workshops!

Mission: We want to get you engaged in your Good Food City! By learning how to create a local food forest and understanding how to help your neighbourhood pollinators, you’re engaging in important conversations and contributing to positive change in your community. Follow along for topic releases for each week!

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

Farm-themed crafts and hands-on activities for families from 11 am to 1 pm. Special guests to watch for… farm animal friends and tractor wagon rides!

Mission: Everyone should know where their food comes from, no matter how young. The kids area is set to inspire young minds to learn about food and farming, and to motivate small hands to get busy in the dirt. Food literacy and soil experiences start early on!

FARMERS’ CUPBOARD

Stock your pantry with good food while supporting local farmers and small businesses! Check out the cool stock of honey, teas, seedlings, books, and more – grown and produced by our farmer friends! All profits go directly to the person who made it.

DONATE-A-ROW

Join us in the garden as we help good food grow! All produce will be donated to our friends at the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard.
BRING: long pants, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen!

BRing your own picnic!

Pack a picnic lunch, and try using local ingredients or buying from a local vendor! Check out Savour Ottawa’s members to find what you’re looking for: http://savourottawa.ca

 

Follow the facebook events and check out our instagram for up-to-date details and developments! Can’t wait to have you out!

Just Food’s Powering for Prosperity Awards Nomination

We are so thankful to be nominated for the 2018 Powering for Prosperity Awards. Just Food was nominated for the completion of a 10kW solar panel shed that you can find on our property! See below for information and videos on the project here!

Powering for Prosperity Award

Staying true to the ambition for vibrant, just and sustainable food systems, Just Food, Bullfrog and Beau’s Brewing Co. with other funders teamed up to build a 10kW Solar panel system and shed at the Just Food Farm. This is an extension of a commitment to normalize and spread sustainable food and farming practices all over the Ottawa region. However, this project goes beyond a solar shed and renewable energy demonstration; it will help influence the sustainable food movement. Showing solar energy as an ingredient in sustainable and organic farming will create a new standard by which we judge agricultural production.

We are thrilled to announce Just Foods Nomination for Powering for Prosperity 2018: Ontario Sustainable Energy Awards. Just Food installed a 10kw solar PV system to lower operating costs and their carbon footprint while demonstrating the application of renewable energy as part of a sustainable farming hub.

Check out our two videos demonstrating the project and the impact local partnerships can have on creating spaces for education, green energy and community building. You can find our videos from Beau’s Brewing Co. and Just Food’s Associate Director, Phil Mount here!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/14RoGaGCd5QqlwaF9x-V8b8V4tzK7RFj2/view

Although we did not win the award, we are grateful for the opportunity to be recognized for green energy initiatives and their importance. Congratulations to all nominees, but especially organizations in Ottawa such as Alfred Solar Energy Project by Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-Op, and the victors Karen’s Place Renewable Energy – Ottawa Salus on their deserved win. We all benefit when cities come together to support renewable energy! Go Ottawa!

Bring Food Home 2017 – October 26 – 29!

Bring Food Home Upstream Collaboration

Bring Food Home 2017: Upstream Collaboration will be held at the University of Ottawa on October 26th to October 29th, 2017.

Visit bringfoodhome.com for all the juicy details on this awesome four-day event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The conference will  include inspiring speakers, local tours, engaging panels, hands-on workshops, and action-planning sessions in addition to networking opportunities and a Feast of Local Flavours. Bring Food Home offers a forum to share experience and expertise, build the capacity and cohesiveness of Ontario’s local food network, and plan and coordinate actions that will direct us in building a better food system in Ontario and beyond.

Upstream Collaboration, the 2017 conference theme will acknowledge the work and innovation being done in local food systems in Ontario.  This theme recognizes our collective need to bring together diverse sectors to generate action on food and farm issues, as well as the need to ask and answer tough questions about these issues. We will collaborate as an Ontario community to work on issues and grow stronger together. From food policy and food access to business support and the environment, the 2017 program will cover a diverse range of topics and make space for new and ongoing conversations. Over the three days, we will break down barriers, forge new alliances and support each other in working together for a better future.

Sept 14: Urban Agriculture Bike Tour

Discover excellent sites of downtown agriculture on an urban bike tour exploring Ottawa’s community gardens.
6.3 kilometres of laid-back, family friendly biking, to get to know how great our urban garden spaces are!

  • The event will take place September 14th6:00-8:00 PM. Starting point is at Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals, 65 Sparks Street.
  • Light snacks will be provided. $5 or pay as you can donation.

Sept 12: Start-up Farm Info Session

 

Are you interested in being a farmer? Intrigued by the diverse possibilities of agriculture in the Ottawa region?

Learn more about Just Food and its 2018 Start-Up Farm Program at our next Information Session, September 12, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Please contact phil@justfood.ca for location.

Just Food launched its Start-Up Farm Program in 2013 to promote farming and careers in agriculture as viable options. The Start-Up Farm program offers workshops and meetings on organic certification, crop planting, marketing and sales, irrigation, farm safety and equipment use, and business planning—and many more—over the course of the year. The program also offers participants an option to access land, shared equipment, and training to help support new farmers and to lower the risk as they enter the industry. You can also book an appointment with Just Food to discuss a partner project at the farm.

There are a limited number of bursaries and loans for select participants. Applicants must have some agricultural experience and are encouraged to have a specific direction to pursue for their farm. If you are ready to get started farming, attend the information session September 12 to see how you can benefit from Just Food’s Start Up Farm Program.

Register today

For the application and more information, contact phil@justfood.ca

 

 

August 3 Workshop: How to Start a Community Garden

 

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.
To register, click here.

Thursday August 3  6:30 -8:30
Albion-Heatherington Community Centre, 1560 Heatherington Road.

 

A Message from the Board Chair: Our New Community Space

Brief Comments by Patricia Ballamingie, Just Food Board Chair, following Marie-France Lalonde, MPP, Ottawa-Orleans at the announcement on February 17th, 2017, regarding the funding for a new community space at the Just Food Farm.

Thank you kindly, Marie-France, for making this exciting announcement, and sharing in our celebration. And I am so pleased to have Brewster Kneen here with us today, representing our dear former Chair, Cathleen Kneen, who was instrumental in negotiating our lease and advancing our organization. My name is Trish Ballamingie, and I serve as Chair of the Board of Just Food.

We are tremendously grateful to the Ontario150 Community Capital Program, and to the Trillium Foundation, for this critical funding, and to our partner, the National Capital Commission (and we are pleased to have NNC representative, Bill Leonard, Geoffrey Frigon, and Cedric Pelletier with us here today).

The Just Food Farm boasts this large, two-story hayloft barn – one of the remaining gems in Ottawa’s Greenbelt – in dire need of repair and renovation to realize its potential to connect and enrich the community for decades to come – a joint goal of both Just Food and the National Capital Commission!

The barn itself is currently in active use, but under less-than-ideal conditions; it must be renovated to bring in electricity, water and heat, to ensure accessibility, and to highlight environmental design; and retrofitted to significantly extend and expand its community

A renewed facility would benefit the adjacent neighborhood of Blackburn Hamlet as well as other community-based organizations across Ottawa with whom we regularly collaborate; and the general population, as well as the Just Food Farm community—including an annual intake of start-up farmer trainees, plus long-term partners such as the Karen Learning and Education Opportunities (refugees from the Thai/Burma border); Operation Come Home (who work with street youth); Radical Homestead (beekeepers); The Wild Garden (Amber, our resident herbalist and children’s programmer); Nanabush Food Forests (forest gardeners + off-grid mushroom cultivators), and Earth Path (children’s programmers).

The site attracts thousands of people from across the city (to participate in programs and educational workshops, attend our Sunday farm gate stand, walk the property, or drop their kids off at summer nature camp…).

Renovations would provide much-needed three-season COMMUNITY EVENT space for: educational food literacy workshops; community gatherings, local food celebrations and public events; and rodent-proof seed library storage; indoor farm equipment storage; and on-site, four-season offices for Just Food staff, volunteers, partners and interns. [We finally have an organizational home!]

This funding will help the Just Food Farm truly become a Community Food and Sustainable Agriculture Hub (and the barn will showcase sustainable building practices such as adaptive reuse of dismantled materials, composting toilets, green energy, and more!).

This legacy project will not only stimulate economic opportunity, but also bolster community connections – augmenting social capital and enriching Ottawa Valley food cultures. Canada’s 150th anniversary represents an ideal opportunity to revive a piece of its heritage to CONNECT COMMUNITY around food and sustainable agriculture in Canada’s capital!

If you have time for an informal tour, I would invite you to join myself and Just Food’s Associate Director, Phil Mount, for a walk through the barn, so that you can see the BEFORE, and envision what we have planned for the near future!

Thank you so much!