How to Start a Community Garden Workshop 2016

The deadline to apply for the Community Garden Development Fund is February 22nd 2016, be sure to attend this workshop, a requirement to access the Community Garden Development Fund, before then!  These are your last chances to do so.

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!

Each of these workshops will also feature a tutorial on how to apply for the Community garden Development Fund.  More information on the CGDF can be found here

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

Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.

Thursday January 7th 5:30 -8:30
Carlington Community Health Centre, 900 Merivale Road

Tuesday January 19th 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Lowertown Community Resource Centre, 40 Cobourg St.

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.

 

Jam Making Workshop 2015

Jam Making is an excellent skill to have, turning your fruits into a wonderful jam. Perfect to spread on your morning toast! Join Just Food’s Community Gardening Network and participate in a Jam Making Workshop to learn the basics of jam making and enjoy one of the many things you can do with fruits.

This workshop, facilitated by Terri O’Neill a Master Food Preserver.

This is a FREE workshop.
Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.

When: August 25th, 2015 | 6:30PM-8:30PM
Where: 2850 Cedarwood Drive
To Register: Contact Jordan at communitygardening@justfood.ca or (613) 699-6850 x.12 to reserve your spot.

For more information, view the Jam Making Workshop 2015 poster.

Tomato Preservation Workshop 2015

Food Preservation is a useful skill to save the harvest and to save money. Join Just Food’s Community Gardening Network and participate in a tomato preservation workshop to learn the basics of food preservation and enjoy nature’s bounty throughout the year.

This workshop, facilitated by Terri O’Neill a Master Food Preserver.

This is a FREE workshop.
Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.

When: September 9th, 2015 | 6:00PM-8:00PM
Where: 464 Metcalfe Street
To register: Contact Jordan at communitygardening@justfood.ca or (613) 699-6850 x.12 to reserve your spot.

For more information, view the Tomato Preservation Workshop 2015 poster.

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Pickle Making Workshop 2015

Pickling, not only good for pickles but many different vegetables. Perfect to cut it up and add it to your burger or any dish of choice! Join Just Food’s Community Gardening Network and participate in a Pickling Workshop to learn the basics of pickling.

This workshop, facilitated by Terri O’Neill a Master Food Preserver of the Breakfast Club of Canada.

This is a FREE workshop.
Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.

When: September 14th, 2015 | 6:00PM-8:00PM
Where: Centretown’s Community Health Centre, 420 Cooper Street
To Register: Contact Centretown’s Community Health Promotions Team at 613-233-4443 x 2108

For more information, view the Pickling Workshop 2015 poster.

Seed Saving Workshop 2015

Seed Saving is a way to ensure that our food supply is not reliant on a small selection of crop varieties that can lead to vulnerability to disease, pests, and changes in climate.

The practice of seed saving and sharing, seen as a hobby to some, promotes genetic diversity of crops and overall food security. Join Just Food’s Community Gardening Network and participate in a seed saving instructional workshop to learn more about this traditional practice.

This workshop, facilitated by Greta Kryger of Greta’s Organic Gardens

Registration is required for this workshop as space is limited.

When: August 27th 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Lowertown Community Resource Center, 40 Cobourg Street

When: September 3rd 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Trinity Church, 480 Avalon Place

To register: Contact Jordan at communitygardening@justfood.ca or (613) 699-6850 x.12 to reserve your spot for either workshop.

These workshops cost $10.00 or pay what you.

For more information, view the Seed Saving Workshop 2015 poster.

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Just Food Farm Announcement

Just Food and the NCC announced a 25 year lease for the Just Food Farm that contributes to building a sustainable food system in Ottawa for many years to come.

Click here to see photos of the announcement event.

To learn more about the Just Food Farm and the Start-up Farm Project click here.

2015 is the year of the soil! With this we are looking to upgrade our soil on the farm to turn it back into a working farm. Click here to find out how you can help.

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Harvest Table Luncheon 2015

Savour Ottawa is pleased to announce the fifth annual Harvest Table will take place on Sunday, August 30th in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park, beside the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. Celebrate the local harvest with a multi-course, gourmet luncheon. Learn more or get your tickets at: http://so-justfood.nationbuilder.com/

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September Farm Workshop Series

Interested in learning about Beekeeping, Growing Mushrooms or Wild and Medicinal Plants? Just Food will hold a series of three workshops in September, presented by some of our very own local producers at the farm. These workshops are open to the public, farmers, gardeners and anyone looking to gain new skills. No previous farm experience or knowledge is necessary. Bring your friends and come learn new, creative and tasty ways to appreciate local goods this fall! Registration is required. See below for schedule, registration and workshop descriptions.

*Please note*
Registration is now full for all three workshops. To be put on the waiting list, please send an email to startupfarm@justfood.ca with your name, email address, and indicate which workshops you would like to attend. Should there be any cancellations, we will contact those on the waiting list and invite them to attend the workshops. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you. 

Workshop Schedule

Saturday September 13th: Beekeeping with Ron St. Louis
Saturday September 20th: How to Grow Mushrooms with Shelly Lambert and Lukasz Wozniak
Saturday September 27th: Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants with Amber Westfall

Time: All workshops will take place from 10am to 12pm
Location: Just Food Farm, 2389 Pepin Court, Ottawa K1B 4Z3

Fees and Registration

One workshop: 10$
Special for all three workshops: 20$

Fees can be paid at the door in cash or cheque

Registration is required in advance. All workshops are currently full. To be put on the waiting list, please send an email to startupfarm@justfood.ca.

Workshop descriptions

Beekeeping with Ron St. Louis – Saturday September 13thRadical-Homestead-pic

Ron St. Louis of Radical Homestead will host an introduction on bees, their behaviors, and a quick overview of what’s involved in beekeeping. Weather permitting, we will open up some beehives to have a personal look inside. Watch the bees go about their business, identify honey, pollen, eggs/larvae/brood/bees, and maybe even spot the queen and taste some fresh honey!

For many years, Ron has found creative ways to reduce his consumption, become more self-reliant and deepen his connection with the Earth. With a Permaculture Design Certificate, Ron has developed many skills that allow him to make the most of nature’s riches. In addition to beekeeping, he is also passionate about home brewing beer and mead, cooking and food preservation.

How to Grow Mushrooms with Shelly Lambert and Lukasz Wozniak – Saturday September 20thblue_dove_oyster_mushroom

Are you interested in growing mushrooms at home?  Whether you are new to mushrooms, or already dabbling in the mushroom arts, this workshop will help you understand some key requirements to growing great mushrooms.  Shelley Lambert and Lukasz Wozniak from Nanabush Food Forests present some basic information about mushrooms, their requirements, growth patterns, nutritional profiles and solutions to some common problems home growers may face. The workshop will end with some hands-on activities to demonstrate how to create your own oyster mushroom kits, with the option to buy what you built at a discounted rate at the close of the workshop. If you love mushrooms, then plan to attend, as they will share some of their experience and passion about mushrooms.

Shelley and Lukasz are avid mushroom foragers and growers, as well as food lovers who focus on creating nutrient rich soil. They have established non-certified organic food forests within the City of Ottawa with emphasis on permanent, sustainable agriculture. Team Nanabush focuses on creating healthy soil for healthy food and healthy people.

Wild Edibles and Medicinal Plants with Amber Westfall – Saturday September 27thJulyGarden-003

Discover the wild edible and medicinal plants of Eastern Ontario. This walk will introduce participants to wild food and medicine through plant identification skills, ethical harvesting practices, as well as preparation and uses of a variety of wild plants. Herbalist, forager and farmer, when Amber Westfall is not in a patch of weeds somewhere, you’ll find her in the kitchen cooking up wild greens and herbal brews.

Through her business The Wild Garden, Amber provides community members with local and sustainably harvested wild foods and organically grown herbs. She also leads educational walks and workshops on wild edible and medicinal plants.

Public talk: Creating Native Pollinator Habitat, Aug 14

beePollination is not only essential for many of the foods and crops we rely on, it also plays a key role in maintaining the integrity of our natural ecosystems. Join pollination biologist Susan Chan to discuss the importance of native pollinators for food production, and in the broader context of conservation.

Susan will introduce participants to the native bees of Ontario and explain their importance. She will describe their behaviour and outline their habitat needs through photographs and stories. Learn simple tips for creating both foraging and nesting habitat in large or small spaces, and see examples of this work on several properties in east central Ontario.

Bio:  Susan Chan is an insect lover and an advocate for native bees in Ontario.  She holds a M.Sc. in Pollination Biology from the University of Guelph and speaks across Ontario on the subject of pollinator conservation in both farming and non-farming contexts. Susan is the Manager of the Native Pollinator Program at Farms at Work in Peterborough, Ontario.

When: Thursday August 14th. Doors open at 6:30, talk starts at 7 pm
Where: Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, 120 Metcalfe at Laurier
Admission: $10 at the door, no registration required.