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.

Urban Agricultural Bike Tour

Just Food invites you to participate in the 8th Annual Urban Agricultural Bike Tour taking place on August 23, 2014. This tour aims to increase awareness and community support for the various community gardens we have in the city, create a dialogue with participants about the importance of food localism and accessibility and create a fun and family-friendly event for everyone.

When: Saturday August 23rd, 2014

Meeting location: Strathcona Park parking lot (off Range Road in Sandy Hill)

Meeting time: 10:00 am

5$ donation to the Food Bank or pay-what-you-can

The full route will run through six community gardens while a shorter, family-friendly route will run through four.

If you are interested in participating in or volunteering for the bike tour, please email Olivia at or call 613-699-6850 ext: 12.

Urban Agricultural Bike Tour

Children’s Gardening Activities

Just Food and the Community Gardening Network invites you to come get your hands dirty and learn about how far your food has travelled, composting and what role bees and insects play in your garden! Free interactive activities for children ages 6-12 will be offered at various community gardens across the city between July 21st and August 15th. The following community gardens will be hosting children’s animation events:

  • Overbrook Community Garden (Brookies Camp)-Friday July 11th at 3:00 pm
  • Trinity Church Community Garden –Tuesday July 22nd at 11:00 am
  • Daily Bread Community Garden (in Carp) – Thursday, July 24th at 10:30am
  • Nanny Goat Hill Community Garden (Bronson & Laurier) Saturday July 26th at 11:00 am
  • Friendship Community Garden (Donald St. apartments camp)- Thursday July 31st at 10:30am
  • Centre des services communautaires Vanier camps (École Horizon Jeunesse)- Thursday July 31st at 1:00pm

For more information on Just Food’s children’s animation or to find a community garden offering children’s activities near you, please contact Olivia at

Workshop: Post Harvest Handling for Vegetable Producers

As part of our Start-Up Farm Program, Just Food offers a series of training workshops to all new and re-strategizing/transitioning farmers in the Ottawa region.

We are now taking registration for our upcoming  Post-Harvest Handling for Vegetable Producers workshop.  The workshop runs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Just Food Farm on  Monday, June 23rd.

Additional information regarding workshop cost, presenters, and description can be found by clicking here.

To register for either workshop, email, or call (613) 699-6850 ext. 15.

Exploring Your Farm Dream – May 14 to June 25

Are you interested in starting your own farm business but aren’t sure where to start?

If this is the case, the “Exploring your Farm Dream” course is perfect for you.  Over a series of four evening sessions, learn about agricultural opportunities in the Ottawa region and what is required to start a farm business.  This course provides a structured, supportive process to help you flesh out your farm goals.

Take the first step towards your farm dream! Visit our Farmer Training page for more information or to register.

New: Food Work listing in the Ottawa Region

Just Food has partnered with to produce an up to date listing of food and farm work opportunities in the Ottawa region, which will be housed on Just Food’s website. The positions posted include paid jobs, volunteer positions and internships.

Click here to visit the page and see the positions.